Millions of readers ofHatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, andBrian's Returnknow that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization. When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened. He sets out on the hunt.
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Which of the following can we infer about Brian?
The map below gives you an idea of the size of Canada. It is quite possible that Brian is in the province of Manitoba. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Brian in the wilderness now?
The Inuit are the aboriginal people of what is now known as the Canadian Arctic region. You can learn more about them from the website below. (This annotation contains a link)
What can we learn about Brian from his expressions of gratitude? Can you list three to five adjectives to describe him?
Surviving in the wild requires Brian to eat things that he didn't when he lived with his family in a city. Can you imagine yourself in this situation?
Which of the following is true about Brian?
The word "monocular" contains the prefix "mono-" which comes from Greek and means "one." The photograph below features a monocular. (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is a theme in this book?
By introducing the dog into the story, the author allows us to learn more about Brian. Use the following video as an opportunity to think about Brian's character. (This annotation contains a video)
Have you learned anything from other sources about life in the bush? If so, what do you make of Brian's assessment of Jack London? If not, what would you like to know?
Notice how the author builds suspense by sharing Brian's inner thoughts and ongoing questions. Do you think we will find out how the dog became injured?
Which statement best summarizes Brian's feelings about hunting?
Companionship is important to all humans, and many animals. Are there any animals that play a role in your life?
Which of the following traits is not reflected in Brian's character?
If you would like to learn more about the Cree, take a look at the website below. (This annotation contains a link)
What does "dressed" mean in the highlighted text?
How do Brian's surroundings contribute to his growing reliance on instinct? Can you think of one or two ways in which this is serving him well?
How does the author build suspense and tension in this chapter? Reread a few pages and make a list of things you notice through Brian's eyes.
The author has used Brian's intuition to foreshadow what we are about to learn in the next few pages. To appreciate this literary device more, watch the following video. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following best captures what Brian is feeling at this moment?
A grizzly bear, pictured below, is large and dangerous. While most bears do not attack humans, a rogue bear, like the one in this chapter, will kill repeatedly. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Brian figuring out what happened?
Why is Brian so determined to find Susan? Can you list at least three reasons?
Can you imagine how Susan would tell her story? How would it compare to Brian's narrative?
"Mountie" is the nickname for a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, pictured below. Can you guess why they are called "Mounties?" (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Brian searching for the bear?
In your own words, describe to someone how Brian is feeling right now. Have you ever felt this way?
Quiz - Brian's Hunt
Is this a fitting ending to this book? Why or why not?