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Gary Paulsen


Study Questions and Suggested Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

Who gave Brian the hatchet?

How did the pilot of the plane die?

What was "the secret" to which Brian's thoughts often wander?

What happened during Brian's car ride with his mother from the city to meet the plane?

What was Brian's father's job?

What was the purpose of Brian's trip to the Canadian woods?

How did Brian's father feel about the divorce?

What led to Brian's eventual rescue?

Why does Brian suddenly realize that he may be out there in the woods for longer than he had anticipated?

When Brian has to fly the plane himself after the pilot's heart attack, what prior experience helps him?

What were Brian's thoughts on the plane ride?

Where did Brain decide was the best place to land the plane?

What did Brian see on a bike ride with his friend Terry?

What is the first food that Brian finds in the woods?

Where did Brian see a bear?

What kind of animal hurt Brian?

Who appeared in Brian's dream to show him how to make a fire?

What kind of eggs does Brian find to eat?

What tool did Brian have to reinvent?

After a plane flies overhead and does not spot him, by which method does Brian try to kill himself?

Why does Brian take four baths a day at a certain point?

What was sticking out of the water after the big storm?

How did Brian get out to the plane in the middle of the lake?

What happened when Brian was trying to cut into the side of the plane?

How did Brian feel about the rifle he finds in the survival pack?

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chapter 13-14

by anon_2223152322, February 19, 2015

Brian is rescued and the pilot says damn you look bad and asked a lot of questions

Hammer on page 152

by Cigfreed, May 05, 2015

Why is there a tiny hammer at the bottom of page 152?

End of the Book

by jayified, October 29, 2015

I wish the rescuer didn't come right away. It ends so suddenly.

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