What does Amir say happened to him at the age of 12?
He became the person he is today
Compare and contrast the type of homes Amir and Hassan live in.
Amir lives in one of the fanciest mansions in the city, while Hassan lives in a small mud hut on the same property.
Who is Rahim Khan?
The best friend and business partner of Amir’s father
What happened to Amir’s mother?
She dies of hemorrhaging while giving birth to Amir
What happened to Hassan’s mother?
She ran off with a clan of traveling singers and dancers
What is physically odd about Hassan?
He has a cleft lip
He is an honorable man who memorized the Koran. He is also partially crippled and the lower part of his face in crippled.
What did Amir’s father build during Amir’s early childhood?
Amir’s father says there is only one sin in the world. What is it?
What favorite pastime does Amir have that his father just can’t stand?
What city do Amir ; Hassan live in as kids?
How did Amir’s family come to know Ali?
Ali’s parents were hit by impaired drivers. The drivers were brought before Amir’s grandfather, the judge alone with the orphaned son, Ali. After the trial, Amir’s grandfather adopted Ali, and he was raised alongside Amir’s father.
What prompts Amir to write his first story?
Amir pretends to be reading a book to Hassan but is really just making something up. Hassan loves the tale and says it’s the best he’s heard in a long time. This gives Amir confidence in his story-telling abilities and encourages him to write his own story.
What was the cause of all the gunfire and bombing that took place after Amir read Hassan his story?
The monarchy had overthrown in a coup.
What is Assef’s reputation around town?
He is a sociopath who carries brass knuckles with him and enjoys hurting others
Assef says, “Too late for Hitler, but not for us.” What does he mean?
Asset wants the new leader of Afghanistan to get rid of all the Hazara decedents so that it is only the Pashtuns who are left.
What does Hassan do to save both himself and Amir from Assef?
He takes out his slingshot and aims a rock at Assef’s eye. Assef knows that is he moves to attack he will be blinded
What does Amir’s father get Hassan for his birthday?
He pays for Hassan to have surgery to fix his cleft lip
What is Assef’s mother?
What name does Assef call Ali?
What is every kids favorite season in Kabul?
What does it mean to “run” a kite?
A kite runner is someone who runs all around the city trying to catch a falling kite before it lands
Why do people have bloody hands after flying a kite?
The kite string is covered in glass to help cut down other kites and win the tournaments. When flying a kite and guiding it, the person’s hands get cut from the glass on the string.
What is the best prize to have during the kite fighting tournament?
The most coveted prize is catching the last kite to fall from the sky
Why does Amir want to win the kite tournament so badly?
Amir reapplies this is a way to gain his father’s love and affection and finally make him proud
What happens to Hassan after he has caught the last fallen tournament kite?
He is raped by Assef.
Why does Amir compare the look in Hassan’s eyes while Assef is hurting him to the look in the lamb’s eyes before it is killed for food?
Both have a look of acceptance and understanding and are resigned to enduring it for a higher purpose
What does Amir do when he sees what is happening to Hassan?
He turns the other way and makes the choice to not help Hassan
What is the color of the last kite in the tournament?
How does Hassan act in the weeks following the kite fighting tournament?
Hassan does his chores and then sleeps as much as possible
Describe Amir’s relationship with his father after winning the kite tournament.
He and his father spend a lot of time together. His father takes Amir to the movies they visit the zoo, and go on trips.
What did Amir say as he lay awake in the room of sleeping relatives in Jalalabad?
He saw Hassan get raped
How does Hassan try to rekindle his relationship with Amir?
Hassan asks Amir to run errands with him, but Amir refuses to go.
Amir and his father are enjoying their new relationship until Amir asks him a question that angers him. What is this question?
If he’s ever thought about getting new servants
What occurs between Amir and Hassan at the top of the hill in the cemetery?
Amir pummels Hassan with pomegranates over and over, taunting his to fight back.
Describes Amir’s birthday party?
Amir’s party is very extravagant. There are over 400 guests the yard is decorated with light, the finest food available, one of the most popular musicians in the country performs and at the end there are fireworks
Why does Amir get so angry when his father refers to Assef as Assef jan?
The word “jan” is a term of endearment one that Amir’s father never uses when he talks to Amir
What gift does Assef give Amir for his birthday?
The biography of Hitler
What story does Rahim tell Amir on his birthday?
He was once going to get married to a Hazara, but when his family found out they sent her away forever
What do Hassan and Ali give Amir for his birthday?
A brand new copy of Shanhnamah with hand draw illustrations that was most likely expensive
What does Amir do to get Ali and Hassan in trouble?
Amir hides his new watch and some money under Hassan’s mattress to make it look like he was stealing from them
How does Amir’s father react when Ali quits?
He begs them not to leave and cries
What is Karim’s job?
He is a people smuggler, he gets people out of Afgahnistan
To what country do Amir and his father first seek for safety from Afghanistan?
What country has presence in Afghanistan as Amir and his father leave?
What problem occurs at the first checkpoint?
One of the soldiers wants to rape an Afghan woman on the bus, but Amir’s father stand up and refuses to let it happen
Where do Amir and his father wait with the others trying to leave Afghanistan as a new truck parts are ordered?
A rat infested basement
Amir listens to his father speak with Kamal’s father. What does he say happened to Kamal?
He was beaten up and raped by four people
How do Amir and his father travel on the second leg of their trip to safety?
They are put into an empty fuel tank with several others. There is absolutely no light, the air they breathe is full of gasoline fumes, and they cannot move or get out for quite some time
When Amir’s father tries to use a check to purchase food, he is shocked that he is asked for ID. He can’t believe the lack of trust in America. Instead of a credit card, what method did they use in Afghanistan?
They would snap a tree branch and use it as a credit card. The merchant would make a notch each time something was purchased and at the end of the month they would pay for the number of notches
How does Amir’s father react when he is given food stamps?
He returns them and say he will work for money for food. He says he doesn’t need charity.
What does Amir do that prompts his father to tell him he is proud of his son?
Graduates from high school
Why does Amir’s father buy an old Volkswagen bus?
So they can go to garage sales and load up on cheap stuff to sell for a profit at the flea market
What does Amir have a hard time forgetting about after leaving the flea market?
A beautiful girl he met
At what age does Amir graduate?
What harm can come from Amir talking to Soraya without the formal permission and supervision from her father?
Everyone would gossip about her and equate her to being “easy” for talking to him
What does Soraya’s mother think of Amir’s talking to her daughter without permission?
She has no problem with it and hopes the two will get married
What does Soraya want to do with her life?
Be a teacher
Compare and contrast how Amir and Soraya treated their illiterate servants when they were young.
Amir made fun of Hassan for not knowing what words mean t and made him feel dumb while Soraya taught her servant to read and write
What does General Taheri catch Amir giving to Soraya?
A short story he wrote
What does Amir find out about Baba’s health?
Baba has advanced form of cancer that cannot be cured
What one last request does Amir have for his father after he is released from the hospital?
To arrange a marriage with Soraya
What does Soraya confess to Amir?
That she has been with another man
What does Amir wish was present at his wedding what does he wonder about at his wedding?
Amir wishes Rahim Khan was at his wedding and wonders if Hassan ever married
What does Soraya do while Amir is at work when they are first married?
She takes care of Amir’s father day and night
What is Soraya’s mother never allowed to do in public by orders of her husband?
What great accomplishment happens in regards to Amir’s career?
He becomes a published author
What do Amir and Soraya try desperately to do, but are unsuccessful?
Have a child
What does Amir say to Soraya in the mirror on their wedding day?
I love you
How Amir find out Rahim Khan is sick?
Rahim calls Amir and asks him to come to Pakistan to see him
What type of lifestyle do the Afghan people live in Pakistan?
They are very poor. Some open businesses but they are struggling to stay alive in very crowded areas
How did Rahim get the scar on his face?
He was at a soccer game when a man with the Taliban hit him in the face with his gun
How did the people of Afghanistan react when the Taliban took control of the country?
They were so happy they celebrated and danced in the streets
How did Ali die?
He was killed by a land mine
What skill did Hassan learn later in life?
He learned to read and write
Where do Hassan and his family stay when they move back to Amir’s home with Rahim?
In the small hut Hassan was raised in
Who shows up at Amir’s old house one day in old blue burqa?
How did Hassan’s son get his name?
After Hassan’s favorite character in a children’s story
What does Rahim give Amir?
A photo of Hassan and his son and a letter from Hassan to Amir
How did Hassan die?
He was shot in the street by the Taliban
What us Rahim’s dying wish?
For Amir to rescue Hassan’s son from the orphanage in Kabul and bring him to Pakistan
What shocking news does Rahim tell Amir?
That Amir’s father is also Hassan’s father; they are half brothers
What signs from his childhood does Amir think of that support this idea that his father is also Hassan’s father?
His dad paid for Hassan’s hairlip to be fixed, he never missed his birthday, he called Hassan family when Amir asked him if would ever get new servants and he cried the day Ali and Hassan left
Amir tells Rahim at first that he cannot go to Kabul because he has a wife in American, a home, a career, and a family. What makes him changed his mind and go to Kabul?
Amir realizes that his actions years ago prevented Hassan from same things in his life
Who is Farid?
The man driving Amir to Kabul
What does Amir have to wear as he travels to Kabul?
He must wear a traditional Afghan clothing and fake beard
Describe the Afghanistan Amir sees upon his return.
Poverty everywhere. Most of the city is destroyed and the Taliban roam and the streets looking for trouble
Farid is resentful to Amir and treats him with contempt. What makes his suddenly change his attitude?
When he fins out Amir is trying to rescue and orphan and get him to safety
Amir thinks Wahid’s children are envious of his wristwatch so he gives it to them as a gift. What does Amir later discover they really want?
How does Amir react the first time he sees the Taliban?
He stares at the men as they drive by. He is filled with fear and can’t quite get over seeing them in person rather than on the news
Who does Amir meet who once knew his mother?
A homeless man who used to be a professor
Why does the man at the orphanage say he has never seen Sohrab?
He is afraid that they are going to hurt him
What does the director of the orphanage say happened to Sohrab?
A man from the Taliban occasionally comes to take the child for his personal pleasure. Sohrab was the child he chose to take the last time
Why does Farid try to kill the director of the orphanage?
He finds out that he selling children for sexual purposes to the Taliban
How does Amir find Sohrab since Sohrab is gone from the orphanage?
He meets a man with dark sunglasses at the soccer stadium the next
What do Amir and Faird see two men haggling over in the street?
An artificial leg
What does Amir look for when he climbs the hill to the cemetery where he and Hassan used to play?
The carving on the tree
Even though it is really hot what are all the soccer players wearing?
What happens at half-time during the soccer game?
The Taliban stones two people to death
Why doesn’t Farid go with Amir to meet the man in white with the sunglasses to ask about Sohrab?
It is too dangerous
Why could Amir be arrested for treason?
For not fighting with his fellow Muslims and leaving to live in America
What does Sohrab do when he enters the room when Amir sees him for the first time?
Who is the man with the sunglasses?
What does Amir have to do to “earn” Sohrab?
Amir has to fight Assef
Why does Amir start laughing when he is in so much pain?
He realizes that for the first time since the winter of 1975 he is at peace, even though he is getting severely beaten.
Describe how Amir is finally able to leave the room and get away to safety with Sohrab.
Short finds a brass ball and shoots the man from the Taliban in the eye with his slingshot
Describe some of Amir’s most severe injuries.
His mouth is wired shut from a broken jaw, he has a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs, a punctured lung, a broken bone around his eye socket, several missing teeth, and many cuts.
What is the significance of Amir’s injury to his lip?
Amir has the same scar that Hassan had with his harelip.
What happened to Rahim Khan?
He left town when Amir did and left only a note and keys to a safety deposit box behind for Amir when he returned.
Why does Amir leave the hospital in Peshawar and go to Islamabad?
The Taliban are looking for Amir so he is not safe in Peshawar
Amir planned on leaving Sohrab with the Caldwell family in Pakistan. Why does Amir suddenly have to change his plans and become responsible for Sohrab?
The Caldwell family never existed. They were a lie Rahim told Amir to push him to go get Sohrab.
What does Amir give Farid before leaving?
An envelope with over $2,000
Where does Amir find Sohrab after he has run away?
What does Sohrab fear about going to America?
Amir will get tired of him, and Soraya will not like him
What does Andrews tell Amir about adopting Sohrab?
It will be nearly impossible
What does Sohrab do nightly at the hotel?
Take very long baths
What does the lawyer tell Amir to do that might work?
To relinquish Sohrab to an orphanage
What does Soraya tell Amir about Sohrab while on the phone?
All they need is to get Sohrab in America then adopt him
What is Amir’s bargain with God?
He will be a practicing Muslim, if he saves Sohrab
What has Sohrab tried to do to himself?
Commit suicide cutting himself with a razor
What does Sohrab want back?
His old life back
How has Soraya decorated Sohrab’s room?
Colorful kites, a wicker basket full with books, inscriptions on the wall to mark his growth
How does Amir stand up to General Taheri?
There calls Sohrab a Hazara boy and Amir says he is never to call him that in his presence again
How does Sohrab act in America?
He is silent all the time
What do Amir and Soraya get involved in?
They help with a hospital project
What holiday are Amir and his family celebrating in the park?
Afghan New Year
What does Amir buy at the park?
What makes Sohrab smile?
Amir cuts a kite, and the crowd cheers
How does the book end?
Amir runs a kite for Sohrab, and says ‘For you a thousand times over’ as he runs for the kite
What is Hassan’s mothers name?
Amir and Baba later went to ___
Baba’s best friend
Amir’s first word
Amir and Hassan’s favorite movie is __
How Ali dies
Type of tree Amir and Hassan go to
Amir’s driver in Afghanistan
Amir and Baba are refugees where
Amir and Baba work at a ___
Rule Kabul and kill Hassan
Cause of Ali’s deformities
Word Amir teases Hassan with
Hassan’s first word
Make a model of Baba’s
Rahim Khan’s birthday gift to Amir
Baba’s American Idol
Baba feels the only sin is
Hassan’s ethnic group