1. Where did they move to after Pakistan? They moved to America after Pakistan. 2. What job did Baba get? Baba got a job at a gas station. 3. Why didn’t he want food stamps? Baba refused food stamps because this was an insult to his pride. He is mentioned to have a strict code of honour and pride and accepting outside help to take care of his own problem. 4. What did Baba give Amir for his birthday? Why? Baba gave Amir a coveted Stingray bicycle and a fancy wristwatch, but Amir felt like those gifts were “blood money. ” 5. What did Amir decide to study in college?
Amir decided to study English and major in it. Baba considers it petty and not an actual job. Amir wants to become a writer and a published author but he knows that he will have to wait until he is noticed to gain money from his writing, so therefore explains to Baba that he will work at a low budget place for a while. Baba gets angry and throws the idea back into Amir’s face, but Amir finally stands tall and wants to do it anyway, despite Baba’s wishes because it is what he wants to do with the rest of his life. No matter what Baba has to say. 6. How did Baba feel about Amir’s decision? Why?
Baba believes that writing is not a “real” job, as success is not ensured, and the fact that you write 1 book and can live off it, while others have to work hard their entire lives and can barely live off it. He is the kind of person who would be proud if Amir was doing a “manly” job, and he believes writing isn’t one – it is too creative etc… Quite hard to explain, but many people believe creative jobs like writing, singing and acting aren’t real jobs. So basically, Baba wanted Amir to be manlier, but Amir decided not to because he had given up Hassan for Baba already and that decision had damned him.
7. How did the author say he “embraced America”? (pg. 136) 8. What did Baba and Amir do to supplement their income? 9. Reflect on Baba’s comment at the end of Chapter 11. 10. What dating customs and traditions does American culture have? Southern culture? The digital age of dating has ushered in dating websites, matchmaking tools, and personality assessments to help couples find each other in an era that often lends itself to feelings of disconnect and isolation. 11. Discuss gender (pg. 149) 12. What type of cancer does Baba have? 13. Discuss parental relations (pg.156).
Compare and contrast relations today in America versus Afghanistan culture. 14. Why did Amir envy Soraya? Amir envied Soraya because he wishes that his secret could be spoken for and dealt with. CHAPTER 13 STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS 1. Why wasn’t Soraya present at the beginning of the engagement party? Soraya wasn’t present at the beginning of the engagement because in Traditional Afghan ways the family and son go to the daughter’s house for a party where she is not present until the end after all the greetings are held. 2. Discuss wedding traditions.
Traditionally, the bride’s family pays for American/Christian weddings. Who paid for Amir’s wedding? Amir’s father (Baba) paid for his wedding, he spent his entire life, working so he could save up money for his son’s wedding. 3. When did Baba die? About a month after Amir’s wedding, Baba died in his sleep. 4. What did Baba do the night before he died? The following night, Amir and Baba go to the Theirs’ home for the traditional ceremony of “giving word. ” General there is happy and says they are doing it the right way now. Because Baba is so sick, they plan to have the wedding quickly.
Baba rents an Afghan banquet hall for the ceremony, buys the ring, Amir’s tuxedo, and other necessities, until he has spent almost all of his $35,000 in savings. Of the wedding Amir remembers sitting on a sofa with Soraya. They are covered with a veil and look at each other’s reflections in a mirror. It is the first time he tells her he loves her, and they are together for the first time that night. Shortly after, Baba dies. 5. Why didn’t the General work? 6. Why didn’t the General want Jamila to sing in public? 7. What year was Amir’s first book Published? 8. Why do people whisper behind Soraya’s back?
9. Why didn’t the doctor say they couldn’t have children? What did Amir attribute it to? 10. Why did the General urge Amir and Soraya not to adopt? 11. Where did Amir buy a house? CHAPTER 14-16 1. Who called Amir and asked him to come to Pakistan? Rahim Khan called Amir and asked him to come to Pakistan. 2. How long have Amir and Soraya been married at this point? They have been married for 15 years at this point. 3. How long did Amir plan to be gone for? 4. Where did Rahim Khan live? Rahim Khan lived in Kabul. 5. Who lived in Baba’s house after he and Amir fled Kabul?
Rahim Khan lived in Bab’s house after him and Amir fled from Kabul. 6. Why were the Afghans glad to have the Taliban in the beginning? The Afghans were glad to have the Taliban in the beginning because the Taliban got their start as men started bringing in cash to the Afghans fighting the Russians. 7. Why did Rahim Khan want Hassan to come live with him? In the book The Kite Runner Rahim Kahn had been best friends with Baba and Amir. After Baba had escaped to America he had asked Rahim to keep care of his place. Rahim is also aware that Hassan is Baba’s son.
When Hassan was a child Rahim Kahn had watched him grow up and knew that he deserved to have more. However, he was also aware that the boy could not get his fair due because he was born illegitimately from a Hazara woman. Rahim Khan was the one Hassan had told about his rape as a child. Rahim is left alone and older and I believe that he wants to give something to Hassan. He wants him to come and stay in the big house, but Hassan will not do it. He is very honorable and will only stay in the house in which he was born on the property. Through bringing Hassan back Rahim Khan gains a family as well. 8. What was Hassan’s house like?
When Rahim Khan had to go out somewhere, he left Hassan in responsibility of Baba’s house. 9. What was his wife’s name? His wife’s name is Farzana. 10. What had happened to Ali? Ali had congenital paralysis of his lower face muscles, a condition that rendered him unable to smile. 11. Why do you think Hassan changed his mind and moved with his family to live in Baba’s house with Rahim Khan? 12. Why wouldn’t Hassan move into the main house? Hassan couldn’t move into the main house because Hassan was the protagonist’s son by the wife of his servant – the servant did not know Hassan was not his son, and raised him as his own.
Only the protagonist’s father (and his friend) knew that Hassan wasn’t really the servant’s son. 13. Who was the old woman who showed up on their doorstep? The old woman that showed up on their doorstep was Hassan’s mother. 14. Why do you think Hassan forgave Sanaubar? What does that tell you about Hassan’s character? Would you have forgiven your mother? I think Hassan forgave Sanaubar, cause after all, no matter how many times he’ll be mad at her for ditching him when he was small, she will always be his mom at the end of the day.
This tells me about Hassan’s character is that Hassan is a type of person who forgets a person’s past no matter how bad it was, but he’ll give them a second chance. To be honest, yes I would’ve forgiven my mother because honestly I’ll be mad at her but she’s my mother after all. 15. What was Hassan’s son’s name? Hassan’s son’s name was Sohrab. 16. What year did the Taliban take over Kabul? What year did they massacre the Hazaras? CHAPTER 17-18 1. What happened to Hassan? Farzana? The Taliban’s ended up killing Hassan and Farzana. 2.
What did the Taliban say about it? The Taliban’s said they will use any excuse for any kind of violence they do. 3. Where is Sohrab? After Sohrab’s parents die, Rahim Khan takes Sohrab with him to Pakistan, so Rahim can get cured. 4. What did Rahim Khan want Amir to do? Rahim Khan wanted Amir to understand that Rahim Khan had called him to Peshawar to pay not only for his betrayal of Hassan, but for Baba’s betrayal of Ali. Amir wondered if he was to blame for Hassan and Ali’s deaths because he was the one who drove them out of the house and split up the family.
Finally, at thirty-eight years old, Amir was ready to take responsibility for his actions. He returned to Rahim Khan’s apartment to find him praying and told him he would bring Sohrab to Peshawar. 5. What did Amir find out about Hassan, Ali, and Baba? Amir finds out that Hassan is his biological brother, and that Baba is also Hassan’s biological father, and not Ali. 6. Why was he so upset? Amir was so upset because he betrayed Hassan a lot during his childhood, only to find out now that Hassan is his biological brother, so he feels upset and guilty about it. 7.
Why is Amir more like Baba than he thought he was (pg. 226) Amir is more like Baba than he thought he was because Baba betrayed his and Ali’s friendship by spending time with his wife, whereas Amir betrayed his and Hassan’s friendship by letting him get raped by Assef. Amir and Baba both betrayed their friends. 8. Why did Amir decide to go to Kabul? Amir decided to go to Kabul because he wanted to bring Sohrab to safety, and send him to an organization where they can take really good care of him. CHAPTER 19 STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS 1. What do we know about Farid, Amir’s cab driver?
2. Why is Farid suspicious about Amir? Farid is suspicious about Amir because he feels that Amir only came to Kabul so he could sell the land, sell his house, collect the money, and go back to America like a mouse, and then go to vacation somewhere. 3. What misunderstanding is there concerning Amir’s watch? The misunderstanding there is concerning Amir’s watch is that the Wahid family thinks that he came all the way here to sell of his house and land, but to clear things up, he gives the Wahid’s family’s son’s the watch as a gift. 4.
What does Amir do before leaving Wahid’s house that echoes something he had done when he was much younger? How is this different? Amir had a dream about Hassan dying, and he was the one who ended up killing Hassan. Also before leaving Wahid’s house he left some money under their mattress. This is different, because when he was younger he left a wristwatch and some money under Hassan’s and Ali’s bed so they could get kicked out of the house. Whereas in this situation it is different because he doesn’t want them to get into trouble, he just wants to thank them for supporting him so he decides to leave the money under the mattress.
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