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Quote #1

The bow and arrow is my weapon. But I've spent a fair amount of time throwing knives as well. Sometimes, if I've wounded an animal with an arrow, it's better to get a knife into it, too, before I approach it. I realize that if I want Haymitch's attention, this is my moment to make an impression. I yank the knife out of the table, get a grip on the blade, and then throw it into the wall across the room. (4.48)

As an experienced hunter, Katniss is skilled with a bow and arrow, as well as a knife. How will these skills help her in the Games? What other strengths does she have? What are her weaknesses?

Quote #2

I can't win. Prim must know that in her heart. The competition will be far beyond my abilities. Kids from wealthier districts, where winning is a huge honor, who've been trained their whole lives for this. Boys who are two to three times my size. Girls who know twenty different ways to kill you with a knife. Oh, there'll be people like me, too. People to weed out before the real fun begins. (3.13)

Much as in the reaping, the Hunger Games favor the richer district: those who can afford the time and training it takes to compete. What strengths does Katniss have, though, that the wealthier kids don't?

Quote #3

"And you're good?" asks Haymitch.

I have to think about it. I've been putting food on the table for four years. That's no small task. I'm not as good as my father was, but he'd had more practice. I've better aim than Gale, but I've had more practice. He's a genius with traps and snares. "I'm all right," I say.

"She's excellent," says Peeta. "My father buys her squirrel. He always comments on how the arrows never pierce the body. She hits every one in the eye." (7.19-21)

Katniss can kill her own food – and she's a remarkable shot.

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