The Kite Runner Study Guide

Chapters 1

 

1. What year does the narrator, Amir, begin speaking? 

2. At what age did  the narrator become the man he is today? 

3. What year did this occur? 

4. Where does Rahim Khan call from? 

5. The narrator says that not just Rahim Khan is calling, but what else? 

6. What does the narrator see in the sky when he visits Golden Gate Park?

7. What does the narrator hear Hassan say? 

8. What does Rahim Khan tell Amir before he hangs up? 

 Themes/Symbols:  atonement/redemption; importance of the past; guilt/shame, two kites side by side

Chapter 2

1. Amir says that Hassan has a face like what kind of doll? 

2. Who wants to shoot the neighbor’s dog with a slingshot? 

3.When Hassan’s father tells the boys not to shine mirrors at the neighbors, who takes the blame? 

4.What kind of home does Baba live in? 

5. What were Baba’s three favorite subjects to discuss? 

6. Who was Nadir Shah? 

7. Who is Baba’s  best friend and business partner? 

8. How did Amir’s mother die?

9. What kind of home does Hassan live in? 

10.Who is Sanaubar? 

11. Where did Sanaubar go when she left Hassan? 

12. Why does Amir tell Hassan that the soldiers mistook him for someone else? 

13. What has Ali memorized? 

14. What sect of Islam does Ali belong to? 

15. Of what ethnicity are Ali and Hassan? 

16. Amir says that Ali could  only reveal himself through what? 

17. Why does Ali have an atrophied leg? 

18.The older kids call Ali “Babalu,” which means what? 

19. Of what ethnicity is Amir? 

20. Of what religious sect is Amir? 

21. Amir’s teacher says that Hazara people do what well?

22. Sanaubar said that she saw what type of animal that were better husbands than Ali? 

23. How did Ali treat his tormentors? 

24. Amir says that Hassan is incapable of what? 

25. Amir says there is a brotherhood between people who have done what? 

26. What is the first word Amir spoke? 

27. What is the first word Hassan spoke? 

Themes:  class differences (compare/contrast homes of Amir and Hassan, symbolism); ethnic differences (Pashtun vs. Hazara); religious differences (Shi'a vs. Sunni); cowardice (Amir allowing Hassan to take the blame); cruelty (treatment of Ali and Hassan)

Chapter 3

Lore has it that Baba wrestled what animal? 

How tall is Baba?  .

What did Baba build in Kabul in the 1960s? 

When Baba wants to take Hassan to Ghargha Lake, what lie does Amir tell? 

What happened at Ghargha Lake that made Amir jealous of Hassan? 

What businesses did Baba own in Kabul? 

Who was Sofia Akrami? 

Speaking of how Baba saw the world only in black and white, Amir says, “You can’t love a person who lives that way without ___________him too.” 

A mullah tells Amir that drinking alcohol is a terrible what? 

What does Baba drink when he is upstairs in his smoking room? 

Baba tells Amir that he’ll never learn anything from whom? 

Baba says that Afghanistan will needs God’s help if it fall under the rule of whom?

Baba tells Amir that all sin is a variation of what? 

How does Amir feel about the children in the orphanage? 

Explain Baba’s lesson on stealing (page 18).

How was Baba’s father killed? 

Why does Amir feel guilt? 

How does Amir escape his father’s aloofness? 

According to Baba, real men didn’t do what? 

What is Buzkashi? 

What does Rahim Khan mean when he tells Baba, “Children aren’t coloring books.” 

Who defends Amir when other boys pick on him? 

Baba says he at times cannot believe what? 

How does Amir prove he has a “mean streak?” 

 

Chapter 4

How many years did Zahir Shah rule Afghanistan? 

How did Ali come to live in Baba’s house?  

How is the relationship between Ali and Baba similar to the one between Hassan and Amir? 

In none of his stories did Baba ever refer to Ali as what? 

Amir says that these two factors ensure that he and Hassan will never truly be friends. 

Who are the Kochi? 

Who makes Amir’s bed and packs his things for school each day? 

What do the boys carve on the pomegranate tree? 

Hassan was drawn to the mystery of what? 

What word does Amir purposely give Hassan the wrong definition to?

What is Hassan’s favorite book? 

What does Rostam eventually find out about his nemesis Sohrab? 

Amir wonders, “didn’t all fathers in their secret hearts harbor a desire to ________their sons?” 

Why does Amir kiss Hassan? 

How does Baba react to the story Amir has written? 

Who “rescues” Amir? 

What is the one word that encourages Amir to be a writer? 

Rahim Khan tells Amir in a letter that it is Amir’s duty to do what? 

According to Rahim Khan, what is the most impressive part of Amir’s story? 

What question does Hassan ask about Amir’s story that stuns Amir? 

 

Chapter 5

What lie does Ali tell at the beginning of the chapter? 

Why is Amir envious of Hassan? 

When did the communist government take over Afghanistan? 

When did Russian tanks roll into Afghanistan? 

What king of Afghanistan was deposed by his own cousin? 

Hassan wonders if “republic” means what? 

Who hits Hassan with a rock? 

What weapon is Assef known to carry? 

What is Assef’s nickname? 

What is the English word Amir would use for Assef, which does not exist in Farsi? 

Who is Assef’s idea of a great leader? 

What physical trait does Assef have that is odd for a Pashtun? 

What is Hassan’s favorite weapon? 

In the news, people actually begin to speak about rights for whom? 

Like Hassan, Ali was incapable of what? 

What is Baba’s gift to Hassan? 

What does Amir wish he had so that Baba would take sympathy on him? 

What is the great irony mentioned at the end of the chapter?  How is this foreshadowing?

 

Chapter 6

Kite tournaments take place during which season? 

How does Amir feel the night before the tournament? 

Amir says, “If the kite was the gun,” then what is the bullet? 

Who is Saifo? 

Why is Amir upset when Baba buys him three kites? 

Amir says, “Afghans cherish _________ but abhor _____________.” 

Amir says he has always envied what about Hassan? 

Hassan says he’s rather do what than lie to Amir? 

How does Hassan challenge Amir’s morality? 

Amir says God can strike him blind if he has lied about what? 

Amir thinks if he wins the tournament he will be pardoned for what? 

Who is Daoud Khan? 

What do Iranians have in common with Hazaras? 

Why does Baba say that Amir is a jealous Afghan? 

Amir says of Hassan, “He was so goddamn ____, you always felt like a _________ around him.” 

Amir suspects what about his cardgames with Hassan? 

 

Chapter 7

What dream does Hassan have? 

Why are Hassan and Amir so different in the dream? 

How does Amir insult Hassan’s father? 

Ali always does what before Hassan leaves the house? 

How did Ahmad Zahir modernize Afghan music? 

What does Amir want to do before he even starts the competition? 

How does Hassan’s dream remind Amir to not be afraid? 

At least how many kites start the tournament? 

What happens to Hassan’s hands as he assists Amir? 

What color is the only other kite left? 

Amir feels that who should let him win? 

How does Amir respond when Hassan says, “You won, Amir agha!  You won!” 

How does Baba react when Amir cuts the final opponent’s string? 

What does Hassan say when Amir commands him to get the fallen blue kite? 

To whom does Amir give his kite and spool? 

In victory, Amir feels:  “Vindication.  Salvation.  _____________.” 

Hassan never missed what? 

What is lying on a pile of rubble when Amir finds Hassan in the alley? 

Assef tells Hassan, “it’s easy to be clever when you’re holding a ____________.” 

What does Amir do as Hassan is attacked? 

Who is Sakina? 

What does the fortune-teller do with Hassan’s rupia after he reads his palm? 

What is the look on Hassan’s face as he is assaulted? 

What is the customary division of meat on the Muslim holiday of Eid-e-Qorban? 

How did Baba divide the meat? 

How does the look on the sheep’s eyes remind Amir of Hassan? 

Amir admits, “I ran because I was a ___________.” 

How does Baba greet Amir when he returns home with the blue kite?

 Chapter 8

What is different about the chores Hassan carries out for Amir? 

What lie does Amir tell to Ali? 

How does Baba “spoil” the trip to Jalalabad? 

About how many kites took part in the tournament? 

Who remains silent when the story of the tournament is told? 

What happens to Amir on the drive? 

How does Amir feel now that he is finally friends with Baba? 

As everyone congratulates Amir, he says, “I felt like sticking a ________ in my eye.” 

What is Amir’s “new curse”? 

The night of his “curse,” Amir becomes what? 

What can Amir not stand looking at now? 

What happens for the first time in Amir’s life? 

As winter ends, Baba actually begins to do what? 

How does Amir deceive himself? 

Filled with guilt, Amir takes it out on Hassan and says, “I want you to quit______________me.” 

Everywhere Amir looks, he sees signs of what? 

Amir asks Baba if they can get new what? 

How long has Ali been with Baba’s family? 

Baba tells Amir, “Young bring me ___________.” 

School gives Amir an excuse to do what? 

Why does Amir not receive the “metal rod” treatment at school? 

What does Amir command Hassan to do after he hits Hassan with a pomegranate? 

Amir yells at Hassan, “You’re a ___________.  Nothing but a goddamn __________!” 

What does Hassan do with the pomegranate? 

What is Baba’s motto about parties? 

The butcher says, “___________ is good for the tree.” 

What does the story of Baba’s loan to Dello say about Baba? 

At one point, Amir wonders if Assef’s family feels what way about their son? 

To Amir, what part of Assef betrays who he truly is? 

What is Assef’s gift?

Rahim Khan almost married what type of woman? 

Who was Homaira? 

Rahim Khan tells Amir, “In the end, the ______ always wins.” 

What does Rahim mean when he says, “You don’t order someone to polish your shoes one day and call them ‘sister’ the next.”

 

What is Rahim’s gift to Amir?  

 

Chapter 9

What does Assef give Amir for his birthday? Why is this significant?

 

What does Amir put under Hassan’s mattress? Why does he do it? What is your reaction to Amir's betrayal?

 

When Baba confronts Hassan about this, what does Hassan say?

 

What does Baba then do that shocks Amir?

 

What happens to Hassan and Ali?

 

How is the end of chapter nine a turning point in the novel?

 

Chapter 10

What “weakness” of Amir’s does Baba have to apologize for in Chapter 10?

Who is Karim?

Why are Amir and his father fleeing Afghanistan?

Why does Baba challenge the Russian officer who is obviously high on drugs?

The only way Amir can survive the long ride in the fume-filled tank is by remembering flying kites with Hassan.

Baba gathers up the dirt of his homeland and places it next to his heart.

Kamal’s father commits suicide after Kamal dies from breathing fumes of the tank.

Kamal, one of Hassan’s rapists, has been raped himself and hasn’t spoken since.

 

Chapter 11

Baba loved the idea of what? 

What gives Baba an ulcer? 

According to Baba, what are the only three men in the world? 

What does Baba call President Jimmy Carter? 

What president does Baba buy a picture of? 

Baba is the only what in their apartment building? 

How does Baba react when Mr. Nguyen asks for his ID? 

What was used as a credit card in Kabul? 

Amir said that Baba “was like the _____________who remarries but can’t let go of his dead wife.” 

For Amir, America is a place to bury what?

For Baba, America was a place to do what? 

What is Baba’s job? 

How often does Baba work? 

What does Baba do with the Food Stamps? 

How old is Amir when he graduates high school? 

What does “moftakhir” mean? 

What does Baba give Amir for a graduation present? 

 Whom does Baba wish were with them? 

What does Amir want to study in college? 

What is Baba’s reaction? 

Amir says that Kabul had “become a city of ____________.” 

In contrast, Amir says “America was a __________, roaring along, unmindful of the past.” 

Why does Baba buy the Volkswagon bus? 

Who is General Taheri? 

General Taheri says, “Boys and girls must know the legacy of their __________.” 

Who is Soraya?

Baba observes that “It may be unfair, but what happens in a single day can change the course of a whole lifetime.” About whom is he speaking?

What else might be significant about that quote? 

Amir thinks of Soraya as “My ________ __________ Princess.” 

 

Chapter 12

What is Yelda? 

Who entertains Hassan and Amir on Yelda? 

According to lore, what happens if you eat watermelon on the first night of Jadi? 

In poetry books, what was the significance of Yelda? 

Why is every night Yelda now for Amir? 

What does Baba tell Amir when he goes to get Cokes for everyone? 

What book is Soraya reading? 

Soraya says, “______ stories make good books.” 

Who is Jamila? 

Why has Soraya had no suitors or boyfriends? 

What profession does Soraya want to pursue? 

Amir admits to himself that he used his ability to read and write to do what? 

General Taheri tells Amir, “You are amongst peers in this flea market.  You see, everyone here is a ______________________.” 

Baba never demanded what from his boss at the gas station? 

When Baba becomes sick, Amir “asked for kindness from a God I wasn’t sure __________.” 

Why won’t Baba let Dr. Schneider treat him? 

Dr. Amani is from where? 

Amir says, “like __________, cancer had many names.” 

When Amir tells Baba “What about me?” after tells Amir he will not be doing chemotherapy, what type of look crosses Baba’s face? 

Amir believes that Baba is defying whom in not taking chemo?  

What are some of the “firsts” that take place after Baba’s cancer diagnosis? 

Baba once told Amir that in a time of need you’d rather no one but this type of person at your side. 

What special request does Amir make of his dying father? 

Soraya admits to Amir that she lived with a man in Virginia who did what? 

Why does Amir envy Soraya? 

 

Chapter 13

What is Lafz? 

How does Baba respond when Amir asks him if he is up to Lafz? 

How much does Baba spend on the wedding? 

What color suit is worn for the “swearing ceremony”? 

What is Ahesta Boro? 

During the Ayena Masshaf tradition, Amir tells Soraya what for the first time? 

After their marriage, Soraya dedicates herself to what? 

What does Amir catch Soraya putting under Baba’s blanket? 

One month after Amir is married, Baba refuses what after their evening dinner?   

What does Amir mean when he says, “Baba had wrestled bears his whole life.”

At Baba’s funeral, Amir comments, “My whole life, I had been ‘_______________.’  Now he was gone.” 

Why has General Taheri never worked in the U.S.? 

Why does Amir have Jamila’s “unblinking love”? 

The night General Taheri took Soraya home, he had a gun with how many bullets in it? 

What is the “double-standard” of Afghan life? 

What useful gift does General Taheri buy for Amir? 

General Tahiri insults his daughter by saying, “________ can teach.” 

Amir insists that what should not be killed if his book is published? 

Who leaves Afghanistan in 1989? 

What other major world events take place in 1989? 

Amir comments, “I wanted to be just like Baba and I want to be _____________________.”

What bad news do Amir and Soraya receive? 

General Taheri tells Soraya, “________ is a powerful thing.”  Blood

Amir believes that not being able to be a father might be a form of what for him?  Punishment (188)

What seems to sleep between Soraya and Amir “Like a newborn child?”  the emptiness of her womb (189)

 

14

1. Why is a Amir so quiet as he hangs up the phone? 

2. What does Aflatoon’s name mean in Farsi? 

3. What is different about Soraya’s appearance? 

4. Amir says that “fifteen years of marriage had turned” he and Soraya into what?

5. What does Amir notice as he sits at Golden Gate Park? 

6. What does Amir now realize that Rahim Khan knows about his past? 

7. What did Rahim Khan tell Amir just before hanging up? 

8. What injury has the General suffered? 

9. What did Khala Jamila do while the General was in the hospital that reminded Amir of Afghanistan? 

10. How has Soraya’s relationship with her father changed? 

11. What was Soraya’s savior? 

12. What was Amir’s savior? 

13. As he drifts off to sleep, what image comes to Amir’s mind? 

14. Why is Amir having trouble sleeping? 

 

Themes/Elements: the persistence of the past (Rahim Khan calls, all memories return, image of Hassan), the presence of the kite (very different here, not combat and competition but pure joy); redemption (Soraya and her father); disappointment (Amir sees man with son and he can have no children and has lost his own father); loyalty (Hassan’s loyalty was unwavering, Amir must do the same for Rahim Khan and possibly Hassan)

 

15

What does Gholam tell Amir about Pakistani and Afghani people? 

What is the tone of Amir’s description of present day Peshawar? 

Gholam tells Amir that most Afghani’s in Peshawar live in what condition? 

How did Baba react the last time he saw Rahim Khan in person? 

What did a creative writing teacher at San Jose State once tell Amir? 

Why is Rahim Khan’s physical condition like an “elephant in the room?” 

Rahim Khan says the Taliban don’t allow people to be what? 

Why was Rahim Khan beaten at a soccer game? 

Why did people in Kabul knock holes in their walls?

What has happened to the orphanage Baba built? 

How does Rahim Khan respond when Amir asks him how he is? 

What is ghamkhori? 

What is Zendagi migzara? 

Who was living in Baba’s house with Rahim Khan? 

 

Themes/Elements: Afghanis as a people seem to accept fate, don’t fight it; disappointment (Rahim sick, Kabul and homes destroyed)

 

16

Who begins the narration in this chapter? 

What is the main reason Rahim Khan looks for Hassan in 1986? 

How does Rahim Khan feel about living in Baba’s house? 

How does Hassan react when Rahim Khan visits?

How has Ali died? 

Who is Farzana? 

How did Baba react when Ali got polio? 

How does Hassan react when Rahim Khan tells him of Baba? 

What is zendagi? 

What is ihitram? 

Where does Hassan move when he returns with Rahim Khan? 

Why does Hassan wear black for forty days? 

What happened to a whole section of the “Wall of Ailing Corn?” 

What happens to Farzana’s first child? 

Who returns in 1990? 

Hassan never asks Sanaubar what? 

What does Hassan name his son? 

What does Hassan’s son call Sanaubar? 

Sanaubar is buried in a cemetery by what landmark? 

Rahim Khan says what always hurts the most? 

Hassan takes Sohrab to the zoo to see what? 

Rahim Khan says that Sohrab reminds him of whom? 

What does Hassan say when he learns the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan?    

A few weeks after taking power, the Taliban ban what? 

 

Themes/Elements:  redemption (Sanaubar is a good grandmother but was a terrible mother); forgiveness (Hassan does not judge his mother); honor (Hassan will not move into Baba’s house); loyalty (Hassan mourns Baba’s death because he does not forget the debt he owes him)

 

17

What is in the envelope Rahim Khan gives Amir? 

What has Hassan learned to do while Amir was in America? 

Why was Farzana beaten in the market and what does this say about the place of women in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan?

In one of his letters, Hassan says he hopes his son does not grow up to be what like his father? 

What does Hassan mention about the pomegranate tree? 

What dreams has Hassan been having? 

What excuse do the Taliban give for moving into Baba’s house? 

How do the Taliban justify killing Hassan and Farzana? 

What favor does Rahim Khan ask of Amir? 

How does Rahim Khan respond when Amir says that he can pay someone to go get Sohrab? 

Baba used to tell Rahim Khan that “a boy who won’t stand up for himself becomes a man who” cannot do what? 

Rahim Khan tells Amir that he has been far too what? 

How many children did Ali have with his first wife? 

How many children did Ali’s first wife have with her second husband? 

Why did Rahim Khan not tell Amir who Hassan’s true father was?

Why does Amir feel his whole life has been a “lie,” and why is he so angry with Rahim Khan? 

 

Themes/Elements:  lies/truth (Baba’s comment on stealing when you lie; both Hassan and Amir have been lied to; irony—Amir angry at being lied to, but he lied to have Hassan banished from his home); redemption (Hassan learned to read and write although he grew up illiterate); prejudice and cruelty (the Taliban prey on the weak, women and the Hazaras, because they can; Baba would not take responsibility for fathering a child with a Hazara because of “shame”)

 

18

Amir says, “How could I have been so ___________?” 

In the restaurant, Amir notices that where the legs of the table make an X there is a ring of what ? 

What is nang or namoos? 

According to Amir, why was Baba the worst kind of thief? 

What does Amir now realize about himself and Baba? 

Rahim Khan has asked Amir to visit him to make up for whose sins? 

How can the “cycle of lies, betrayals, and secrets” end? 

Baba said that Amir’s biggest problem was what? 

In one of his first acts of courage, Amir tells Rahim Khan he is going where? 

When Rahim Khan says he will pray for Amir, what is it that he might be praying for exactly? 

 

Themes/Elements:  redemption (Amir has a chance to redeem both himself and his father); lies/truth (Amir must admit that the truth was always there in front of him but he refused to see it)

 

19

What is ironic about the condition of the sign “The Khyber Pass Welcomes You?” 

In what way is Amir the same as he’s always been since he was a child? 

What is Farid’s attitude towards Amir? 

What does tashakor mean? 

What is Farid’s cure for car sickness? 

Amir said that “it was better to be miserable than _________.” 

At what age did Farid go to war? 

How was Farid’s father killed? 

Why does Farid only have five children now? 

Amir has never worn what before? 

What was perhaps the most important item in Amir’s possession? 

Amir says he has one last chance at what? 

Once he crossed into Afghanistan, what does Amir notice about the landscape? 

Amir says that he feels like what in his own country? 

What is a mehmani? 

How accurate is the description Farid gives of Amir’s life in Afghanistan? 

How is the old man Farid points to “the real Afghanistan?” 

Farid says that Amir has “always” been what? 

What can’t Amir find when he closes his eyes in Jalalabad?  

What does Farid give to the green eyed woman at the house that he denies to Amir? 

What is a dzod? 

How would you characterize the relationship between Farid and Wahid? 

What was the novel A Season for Gypsies about? 

What does Wahid suggest Amir write about? 

What is ironic when Wahid tells Amir, “You know best, of course”? 

How does Wahid react when Farid says that Amir has returned to Afghanistan to sell his old family home and make money? 

Why does Wahid think Amir is “an honorable man”? 

Why doesn’t Wahid give Amir any meat? 

What is a hadia? 

What does Amir think Wahid’s children are looking at? 

What do the boys do with the watch, and what previous event does this echo? 

What does Farid say it was wrong of him to do? 

What is Amir’s nightmare? 

What does Amir now understand about Wahid’s boys looking at his watch? 

Just before he leaves Wahid’s house, what does Amir do when no one is looking? 

 

20

What is the road to Kabul now like? 

Who, according to Farid, are sometimes luckier than refugees? 

How long does it take to get to Kabul? 

What does Amir notice about most the beggars? 

What was now a “rare commodity” in Afghanistan? 

What is the Topeh chasht? 

Who was Saifo? 

Why are there no trees in Kabul? 

The Taliban are called the “__________ Patrol.” 

Where should Amir keep his eyes when the Taliban are near? 

Who did the old beggar know? 

What does Amir learn about his mother? 

What is the tone of the passage in which the orphanage is described?  

How many orphans live in the facility? 

Who has taken Sohrab? 

Why does Farid attack the director of the orphanage? 

What is broken is Farid’s attack? 

 

21

 

How is the condition of the Khyber Restaurant symbolic of the entire country? 

What is hanging near the restaurant? 

What is one man doing with his artificial leg? 

Farid says they are the real brains of the government. 

What does Sarak-e-Mehmana mean? 

What color is Amir’s old house? 

What animal did Amir and Hassan find that they pretended was a prehistoric monster? 

How do the details about the landscaping of Amir’s old house symbolize Afghanistan? 

How do the details about Amir’s old house symbolize the country? 

Amir says, “My father’s house was the picture of fallen ___________.”

Farid tells Amir, “Nothing that you remember has _________________.” 

What does Amir find at the old cemetery? 

How is the condition of the old pomegrate tree symbolic of Amir and Hassan’s friendship?

What is still inscribed on the tree?

What does Amir notice on the hotel wall behind his bed? 

What did Farid and his father eat to survive in the Panjsher Valley? 

What type of jokes does Farid tell? 

Farid cannot understand why Amir would return to Afghanistan for a boy who is what?

In what condition is the soccer field? 

Why are the man and woman buried up to their torsos? 

A cleric tells the crowd they are assembled to carry out what? 

From a pick-up emerges a white-garmented man who spreads his arms like whom? 

The white-garmented man has sunglasses like whom? 

 

 

Chapter 22

 

1.      Amir wishes for Baba’s presence (273)—why? How does this show maturity on Amir’s part in terms of how he views his father?

2.      Characterize the Talib : what details are given and  what impression do you get?

3.      What does Sohrab’s description (279) indicate about the Taliban’s treatment of him?

4.      Who is the Talib?

5.      What does Assef’s prison beating symbolize to him?

6.      Why does Amir laugh after he’s been beaten?

7.      What is ironic about Sohrab’s use of a slingshot?

 

Themes/Ideas: parallelism (Sohrab/ Hassan with Assef); cruelty of Taliban (Assif’s description of his actions); climactic point of novel—Amir  feels whole after beating, manages to atone by getting Sohrab and successfully avenges Hassan’s rape; also comes to appreciate Baba.

 

Chapter 23

 

1.      Why is the beginning of the chapter structured with paragraphs with spaces between them?

2.      Why does Amir recall Baba’s wrestling of the bear?

3.      What is significant about Amir’s split lip?

4.      Amir receives Rahmin Khan’s letter.  What sentences in that letter talk about faith, God, forgiveness and atonement? What guesses do you have on the next events, based on that letter?

5.      What does FArid say to Amir that makes him cry?

6.      Why would Rahmin Khan tell Amir to take Sohrab to the orphanage of Thomas and Betty Caldwell?

7.      On page 310, Amir remembers four phrases from his life (in italics).  How do these phrases add up and indicate what Amir may be considering?

 

Themes/Ideas: Atonement (Amir’s  continued realization of his father’s complex character and how his father did much good); Symbolism (the bear, the split lip); wisdom of others (Rahmin Khan, Baba, Hassan)

 

Chapter 24

1.      What is the significance of Sohrab running away to the mosque? What might the mosque symbolize? What happens between Sohrab and Amir at the mosque?

2.      Amir speaks about Baba to Sohrab, and says “I think he [Baba] was ashamed of himself.” How is this true or not true?

3.      Amir takes another redeeming step when he calls  Soraya. What is that?

4.      Sohrab’s baths are metaphorical and foreshadowing. Explain.

5.      What purpose does Raymond Andrews serve?

6.      What crushing news does Amir tell Sohrab? then horrifying again?

 

Themes/Ideas: Symbolism and metaphor (the mosque, the baths); Continued road to redemption (Amir will not let obstacles get in his way of the adoption, he confesses his past to Soraya) Foreshadowing (Raymond Andrew’s daughter, Sohrab’s baths)

 

Chapter 25

1.      Amir discovers a new dimension to himself: faith. How does that fit in with his redemption?

2.      When Amir thinks about “recklessness,” he realizes how reckless he was with Sohrab. What did he do that was reckless?

3.      What is General Taheri worried about and how does Amir answer him?

4.      Why do the Afghans gather at Lake Elizabeth Park?

5.      What happens as Amir runs the kite for Sohrab?

6.      On page 357, Amir narrates, “If someone were to ask me today if the story of Hassan, Sohrab and me ends with happiness…I wouldn’t know how to answer that question.”  How would you answer that question?

 

Themes/Ideas: prayer and spirituality (Amir returns to prayer); the power of tradition (the gathering of Afghans and kite running) Symbolism (the kite) forgiveness (Amir forgives himself, Sohrab begins to forgive Amir)

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