72 pages 2 hours read

Gary Paulsen


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 1987

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Reading Check, Multiple Choice & Short Answer Quizzes

Reading Check questions are designed for in-class review on key plot points or for quick verbal or written assessments. Multiple Choice and Short Answer Quizzes create ideal summative assessments, and collectively function to convey a sense of the work’s tone and themes.

Chapters 1-3

Reading Check

1. Where is Brian going for the summer, and why?

2. What is happening between Brian’s mother and father?

3. What gift did Brian’s mother give him before he left?

Multiple Choice

1. What happens to the pilot?

A) He takes a wrong turn.

B) He loses his memory.

C) He starts shaking.

D) He dies.

2. Where does the plane crash-land?

A) in a lake

B) on top of a mountain

C) in the ocean

D) in a field

3. What happens to Brian after the crash?

A) He falls through the broken windshield.

B) He is trapped in the plane for hours.

C) He makes it to land and falls unconscious.

D) He breaks his arm getting out of the plane.

Short-Answer Response

Answer the following question in a complete sentence or sentences. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. While still in the air, Brian realizes the plane will eventually run out of fuel. What is his plan for when it does?

Chapters 4-6

Reading Check

1. What main injury does Brian have as a result of the crash?

2. Besides his injury, name two other things that cause Brian discomfort.

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