Monday, September 30, 2013

Ender's Game Discussion Questions: Chapters 1-7

Hi Bookies!

Let's all be prepared to discuss these questions (you can respond here, certainly, and start a conversation now!) AND share out for our roles this Thursday!

Chapter 1
1.      Discuss the problems Ender faces as a “third."
2.      How old is Ender?  Are his actions appropriate to his age?
Chapter 2
3.      “Bugger” is the word used to refer to the aliens that have attacked the earth on two previous occasions.  Describe the buggers as you understand them from the chapter.
4.      This book contains some language which is often considered objectionable.  How do you feel about his kind of language in books?  Why do you think the author has his characters use this kind of language?
Chapter 3
5.     Describe Valentine.  How dose she feel about Ender?  Why wasn’t she chosen for Battle School?
6.   Explain how Ender is a composite between Peter and Valentine.
Chapter 4
7.   What does Ender’s understanding about gravity reveal about Ender’s ability to think?  How might this benefit him in outer space?
8.   Why doesn’t Graff stop the boy from hitting Ender on the head?  What happens to the boy?
Chapter 5
9.      Of what importance are the games that the boys play?  How does Ender do at these games?
10.     Who becomes Ender’s first friend?  Under what circumstances?
Chapter 6
11.      Describe the computer game.  Why can’t Ender beat the giant at first?  How does he eventually win?  What lesson does this teach Ender?
Chapter 7
12.  Describe the computer game now that Ender has beaten the giant.  How does Ender identify with the children in the game?
13.  Why are adults the real enemies?
14.   Why is Petra Arkanian exactly the wrong kind of friend to have?  What valuable skill does she eventually teach Ender?

See you Thursday!
Mrs. P


Dhruv Patel said...

Question 2
Ender is shown to be a six year old.
Which is close to being a kindergartener. Now he is sent to military school, and had a monitor in his neck to track his every move. He is being treated as a valuable weapon that they cant afford to lose. These actions are not appropriate for him. They are teaching him to be like Peter. They are teaching him to be a murderer, not a thing you should teach a six year old.

Dhruv Patel said...

Question 11
First of all, the Giant's drink is creepy game. You have too face a lot of challenges to get to a giant. The giant always does a guessing game of 2 cups with random liquids in them. You have to drink the right one or you die. Ender always dies, thinking that no cup is normal. So the next time, he kicks the cups over. The giant attacks bu he jumps on him and kill him. When the giant falls. he jumps of the table landing in fairyland. This game is trying to tell Ender not to play with the Buggers, but kill them directly with his wast knowledge.

Dhruv Patel said...

Question 4
This language is kinda inappropriate for Ender is not good. He is only a six year old and he cusses.I think the author put this type of language in the novel, because he is thinking that in the upcoming future, the language will get worse. The war will change everybody, and take their bad side out and make them use these words. I think the author thought really hard and predicted how the future will affect the language of the people in the world.
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Divya Bhat said...

Sheesh Dhruv calm yourself!

Question 2.

Ended is only 6 years old. I agree with Dhruv that Ender is way too young to be taught the ways I killing. But, Ender is an very advanced child. Even though he is only 6-7 Ender has a mind of a teenager, and also is smarter than most teens. He can break through security, change the course of the games he plays, and also quickly learn new strategies. I've noticed that age doesn't show how smart you are in this book. I think that Enders actions of staying on the side-lines and watching is appropriate because Ender is still small and needs to learn more.