The Kite Runner, Chapter 5-8 Questions Flashcard Example #53237

What happened in Afghanistan on the night of July 17, 1973?
gunfire, it was the beginning of a revolution on a national level. the events of July 17, 1973 marked the the beginning of the rise of communist power. This action was to get rid of the monarchy and ushered in a republic in the span of a night! On July 17, 1973, while the king (King Zahir Shah) was on vacation, Mohammad Daoud Khan seized power. Eventually this give rise to the influence of the Soviet Union. These actions would change Afghanistan forever.
How does Assef want to apply Hitler’s ideas to Afghanistan?
“Afghanistan is the land of Pashtuns. It always has been, always will be. We are the true Afghans, the pure Afghans, not this Flat-Nose here Hassan. His people pollute our homeland, our watan. They dirty our blood.” He made a sweeping, grandiose gesture with his hands. “Afghanistan for Pashtuns, I say. That’s my vision.” Assef is a Pashtun and a part of the Taliban
What’s a sociopath? Does Assef strike you as one? Why or why not?
Extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience. Yes. Assef has never really had a conscience. He displayed no remorse for his rape of Hassan, which occurs when Assef, Amir, and Hassan are only boys. Perhaps Assef simply doesn’t see Hazaras as equal to Pashtuns – maybe that explains (though certainly doesn’t excuse) his sadistic and cruel actions? More likely, racism is simply an additional evil on Assef’s laundry list of cruelties, which also includes child molestation, rape, and murder.
How does Hassan make Assef back down?
By aiming his slingshot at him
What is Hassan’s 12th birthday present from Baba?
Baba sent Dr. Kumar to help fix his celft lip so that Hassan would look “normal.” puts all differences aside, like social status and treat Hassan like a son.
What more do you know about the characters of Amir and Hassan now?
Why is winter Amir’s favorite season?
School was shut down for its duration. But he loved winter even more because then he flew kites with Baba, the only activity that consistently brought them closer. The pinnacle of winter for every boy in Kabul was the yearly kite-fighting tournament.
Kite running is a popular sport in Afghanistan. Describe how it works.
THERE ARE NO RULES! Strictly a Male dominated event. Kite fighter: flies it, cuts others down. Kite runner: feeds fighter w/ spool and captures the fallen kites. Retrieving the last kite cut is the ultimate prize.
Why is it so important to Amir to win the contest?
To impress his father “Baba” and so he can show his father that he can be a winner just like him.
What do we learn about Hassan’s character and skills
in this chapter?
Who or what is the monster in Hassan’s dream?
The part of the dream where the alleged monster doesn’t exist however is ironic, because although Hassan’s humble nature leads him to believe that even cruel humans should be forgiven, the truth is that in humanity, monsters do exist, and Amir is one of them. Amir has a selfish, cowardice side, which is clearly revealed in this chapter.
What do you predict is going to happen after page 67?
Is Assef right when he says Hassan is just Amir’s “pet” and not his friend?
What is the look of the lamb?
Lamb = innocence. Hassan is a lamb waiting to be slaughtered by Amir. rape by Assef. Hassan is sacrificed for a higher cause in order for Amir’s redemption against the sins he committed during his childhood against Hassan. “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running , was that Assef was right; nothing was free in the world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba.”
Why does Amir run away from the abuse of Hassan?
Amir runs away in fear, jealousy over Baba’s feelings for Hassan, Amir is willing to sacrifice Hassan and their friendship for whatever Amir wants.
How do you think this will change Amir and Hassan’s relationship?
Why does Amir vomit on the way to Jalalabad?
As they drove along in the car, one friend’s twin daughters recounted Amir’s victory at the kite-fighting tournament. At this, Amir’s carsickness overwhelmed him and he vomited. As they aired out the van on the roadside, Amir saw Hassan’s bloodied pants in his head.
Why does Amir call it a curse when he gets away with betraying Hassan?
From the moment that he saw Hassan raped Amir defined himself by his guilt. He went through life with a secret sin and guilt. Amir feels unclean and realizes that he is cursed. Amir’s guilt leads him to do things that result in a loss of Baba’s approval. Rather than gain everything he wants, Amir loses the happiness he had.
If Amir hadn’t betrayed Hassan, do you think his closeness with Baba would have lasted?
I think it would’ve lasted longer, but perhaps lessened as time passed
How does Amir’s shame cause him to act cruelly
and dishonorably?
Amir hurts Hassan to try to ease his own pain of feeling rejected by his father. Amir really like Hassan but is so jealous of how his father treats him that it drives Amir nuts.
What events at the party show Assef to be more than just an everyday bully?
Intelligence, strong beliefs, taunts Hassan, subliminal jokes
Assef is a sociopath who worships Hitler. As a child, he is the neighborhood bully who rapes Hassan.

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