Chapter 10: Dragon
3. Why did Graff give Ender all new soldiers he had no worked with before?
Graff gave Ender's new Dragon army new soldiers consisting of mostly untrained Launchies to see whether or not he is capable of leading a team with no previous experience, which is what he will have to do once he saves the world.
6. What rules are changed, why do you think the teachers changed them?
1. No trades allowed.
2. No informal training sessions.
And many more!!
The teachers keep changing the rules because they know when war comes, the enemy won't settle for a dispute on whether or not the other team is ready, they will just attack.
Chapter 9: Locke and Demonsthenes
2. Explain how the following people perceive Peter: Parents, Teachers, Valentine.
His parents perceive him as overly aggressive, they can tell how jealous he is that Ender is the one who was chosen for Battle School. His teachers know he is one of the smartest and brightest children in the class, but are afraid of his out-of-nowhere actions. Valentine knows exactly who he is, she has sensed that he has been acting too normal ever since Ender had left, but she knows he's still evil inside.
3. How is Valentine valuable to Peter?
Peter told Valentine that he will one day control the world, but he needed her help. She is valuable to the both of them since she has the ability and power to persuade people into doing what she intends, while Peter makes them by force.
5. What is Peter's greatest gift?
Peter's greatist gift is to find out what people's weaknesses are, to infiltrate them and take advantage of them.
6. Talk about Peter and Valentine's fake identities.
Locke and Demonsthenes are their fake identities, in no way are they connected to those who don't truly know who's behind the names. The use them to speak their mind and not be ignored due to the fact that they are merely children.
8. How has Ender gained the respect pf eveyrone at Battle School? What has he lost?
Ender is now a platoon leader in the army lead by Commander Petra. Although he should feel enlightened, he hates his life. Knowing the I.F. forced his sister to write to him lead him to believe that the one person he trusted was gone.
9. Describe THE END OF THE WORLD on Ender's computer game. What part of the game can he not defeat?
The part he could not defeat is when Peter appears. He still carries a lot of terrible memories from his time on earth, and he has done things ever since to lead him to the notion that he is just like his older brother.
Chapter 8: Rat
1. How is Rat army different from Salamander?
In Rat army the commander isn't as condecending as Bonzo, and Ender made a friend, Dink Meeker. He told him that their commander can't tell him what to do during free play.
5. Summarize Dink's discussion with Ender as they float in the battleroom's anti-gravity.Dink tells Ender how he was offered the position of commander but he didn't take it because he didn't believe in battle school and this was a way of screwing with the system. He tells him that he doesn't think the buggers are coming back and that battle school is just a way for the I.F. to keep control.
7. Describe where Ender is in the computer game.
Ender had arrived at the tower room and found a mirror. When he looked in the mirror Peter looked back
Chapter 7: Salamander
1. Why is Ender promoted? What is surprising about his promotion?
Ender is promoted because of his extremely advanced tactice in the battleroom, the I.F. have seen his improvments and are impressed. What's surprising about this promotion is that Ender was called to report to his commander just as soon as he enter the door, with the sign "The End of the World".
3. Why is Petra Arkanian exactly the wrong kind of friend to have? What valuable skill does she eventually
The only reason Petra is supposedly the wrong kind of friend to have, is because she reminded him of Valentine, and when he was around his older sister he used her as protection. She teaches Ender all the skill necessary in the battleroom during free play, and tells him that the adults are the enemy.
4. What lessons does Ender learn from Bonzo about being a commander? What instructions does Bonzo give Ender concerning battles?
What Ender had picked up from his time in the Salamander army is that to be a good commander, one must learn the rules, give everyone a fair chance to show what they are capable of, and that to be condecending towards your team is the only way in which they will respect you.
5. Why are adults the real enemies?
Adults are the real enemies because they are the ones responsible for the "children's" bad behaviour and un disciplined manner. They are turning them against eachother in hope that one of them will ammount to saving the world, once the buggers arive.
9. Discuss Salamander's battle with Leopard. How does Bonzo react to Ender's actions during the battle?
The battle with Leopard ended very strangely, apart from the fact that Ender had disobeyed Bonzo's orders, Bonzo wasn't happy that they didn't lose. Bonzo was very cross with Ender, slapping him and punching him, he traded him for another in the RAT army.
Chapter 6: The Giant's Drink
1. Describe the battleroom. What importance do gravity, lasers, and spacesuits have there?
The battleroom is null gravity, and those who enter it must be wearing a space suit, equiped with a laser gun.
2. How do Ender and Alai become friends? What is surprising about Ender's relationship with Alai?
Ender and Alai became friend after conjuring a smart tactic to defeat the other team by freezing their space suits, making them unable to move. The only thing that makes it surprising is the fact that Alai was Bernard's bestfriend.
3. Who do the boys choose to be their launch leader? Why does their choice seem appropriate?
The boys choose Ender to be their launch leader because they see that he is far more intelligent and can quickly develop tactics to defeat the other team, it as an appropriate choice because Ender and Alai were the leaders of the group at that time, and winning made them even bigger candidates for the position of leaders.
4. Describe the computer game. Why can't Ender beat the giant at first? How does he eventually win? What lesson does this teach Ender?
The reason Ender couldn't beat the giant at first was because he had to guess which cup wasn't poison, and since he usually knows what's going on, this angered him greatly. Instead of playing by the rules, he kills the giant and assures his never to return again. Although he achieved his goal, he wasn't happy. He thought the only way he could win at things was to harm another, and this made him think of Peter.
Chapter 5: Games
1. Who is Dap? Why is he important to the Launchies?
Dap is the leader of the Launchies, he tells them what to do and answers their questions, he is like their mother. He demands respect and endorses they watch their backs.
3. What advice does Mick give Ender? How does Ender feel about Mick?
Mick tells Ender to make friends and to become a leader. He insists he kisses butts or does whatever it takes to reach the top. Ender doesn't like Mick and he thinks that his advice is bad.
4. Of what importance are the games that the boys play? How does Ender do at these games?
The games are important because they train and show their skills ad techniques to accomplish specific tasks using game mechanics. Ender's above-average intelligence picks up the mechanics of the games and defeats the older boys with extreme ease.
5. Who becomes Ender's first friend? Under what circumstances?
Shen becomes Ender's first friend, since they were both being targetted by the same group, Bernard's Clique.
6. How does Ender overcome Bernard's malice?
Ender overcomes Bernard's malice by sending out a "funny" message to all the desks, making Bernard enraged. As Bernard confronted Dap about this situation, Dap humiliated him, convincing the rest of the Launchies to realise his little power over anyone. Ender became friends with Shen and many others.
Chapter 4: Launch
1. How does Ender differ from the other nineteen boys in his launch group?Ender differs from the other 19 boys in his launch group in that he is the only one alone, distraught with stress, anxiety and fear. He is quite unsure of what to expect, and being away from Valentine, with a bunch of kids he'd never met before, makes it even harder for him to cope.
2. What does Ender's understanding about gravity reveal about Ender's ability to think? How might this benefit him in outer space?
Ender predicts the movement of Colonel Graff and the kid behind him, this shows that his brain works at a much higher and faster capacity than that of any other "Launchy". This trait will give him an
inextricable sense of direction, which will help mould him in to the best commander he can grow to be.
3. What effect does Graff's assertion that Ender will be commander while the other boys are still learning have? How does Ender feel about his statement?
Graff's assertion that Ender will be commander while the other boys are still learning makes the other boys less enticed to communicate and participate with anything to do with Ender. He is isolated, he is his inly friend, and Graff is no longer his acquiantance.
Ender tells Graff that he feels betrayed annd hurt, he thought that Graff was his friend, and even worse, he though himself to resemble Peter, but after a moments conclusion, he decided that what he did was right, as did Graff.
4. Why doesn't Graff stop the boy from hitting Ender on the head? What happens to the boy?
Graff isolates Ender just for that reason, he wanted to see how he would deal with these sorts of situations outside of earth, and to test his skills and technique capabilities. He wanted to make sure Ender will be able to take care of himself, for he knew they were going to be horrible to him. The boy breaks his arm as he floats senselessly at the wall, due to the laws of physics, there was nothing he could have done, apart from not hitting Ender on the head.
Chapter 3: Graff
1. What does it first seem Graff has arrived to do? What does he really want?
At first, it seems as thought Colonel Graff has arrived at the Wiggin household to confront Ender about his previous encounter with Stilson, possibly taking him away to a place where he would be of no danger to anyone else. When Ender tell's the Colonel why he kept striking Stilson long after he had hit the ground, it was clear that all Graff wanted, was to see if Ender was adequate for Battle School. He'd already seen his physical strength, but was yet to find out his logical reasoning.
2. Why must Ender's parents let him go?
The only reason they decide to let them go is because Ender is a third, he is the government's property. Graff even informs then that he does not need their permission, but is only asking in terms of respect.
3. What word did Graff almost say?
Graff almost said "We couldn't be sure he wasn't another Peter", refrained from doing so as to keep Peter from being upset.
4. What aspects of Battle School does Graff warn Ender about?
• It will be tough. • Won't be able to see his sister for years.
• His parents will not miss him, although they love him.
• He is desperately needed at Battle School.
5. Why are Ender's parents ambiguous about his going to Battle School?
Ender's parents remain ambiguous to his leaving to battle school because even though they will be relieved of his absence - due to their lack of freedom and capability to mould in to society because of him being a third - he is still their son and they still love him.
6. Describe Valentine. How does she feel about Ender? Why wasn't she chosen for Battle School?
Valentine is Ender's older sister, she's extremely caring and has many maternal features. She protects Ender from Peter, and is the only one who truly cares for him. The main reason she wasn't chosen for Battle School was because she was too soft, too emotional to deal with the pain that Battle School would have brought her.
7. Explain how Ender is a composite between Peter and Valentine.
Ender has the physical strength of Peter, and the emotional capapility of Valentine. He is perfectly adequate for Battle School for the mere fact that he is in control of his strong emotions, and his exceptional strength.
8. Why does Ender Ultimately choose to go with Graff?
After Graff convinced Ender that he had nothing to lose, other than the absence of his sister, it became clear that he wasn't needed. He knew his place as well as his strength, he knew where he'd belonged. One of the major contributions to Ender's decision would had to have been realising his parent's uneasiness due to his existence, he thought leaving would make their life reasonably simpler.
Chapter 2: Peter
1. Describe Peter. How does he feel about Ender? Be thorough in your answer, as this will change over the course of the chapter.
Peter is most likely the antagonist in this text. He is Ender's older brother, thus much bigger and stronger, though smart, but not smarter. Peter hates Ender, mostly because he wasn't the one who was chosen to go to Battle School for the fact that he is too aggressive. Peter beats up Ender on a daily basis when ever he can, in a game called "Buggers and Astronauts".
2. Describe the "Buggers" as you understand them from the chapter.
The buggers are bug-like creatures, hence the name. They were a threat to the human race and could only be stopped by Mazer Rackhem.
3. Why do you think the author has his characters use this kind of language?
Orson Card allows his characters to speak in such a manner that would depict them older than they are, thus much more intelligent than the average kid.
Chapter 1: Third
1. Discuss the significance of Ender's monitor.
Ender is a Third, meaning he is literally "illegal". Fortunately, his astounding intelligence has given the authority figures of society to utilise him and use them for their own advantage. His monitor has helped save him many times, since he is always being watched. People know that there is someone watching over him, like a guardian.
2. Discuss the problems Ender faces as a "third".
Since he is an illegal child, he is constantly derogated and bullied into thinking he's not good enough to be alive. As the book progresses, we see that the boy that was supposedly a mistake, saves the whole world. Disregarding all that he's been through on earth, he put it all behind him and trained, practiced battling and gave the human race a second chance.
3. Identify three passages describing Ender's intelligence.
"The teacher would know of course, that he wasn't paying attention, but she would'nt bother him. He always new the answer even when she thought he wasn't paying attention"
"Ender smiled. He was the one who had figured out how to send messages-even as his secret enemy called him names, the method of delivary praised him"
"Ender nodded. It was a lie, of course, that it wouldn't hurt a bit. But since adults always said it when itwas going to hurt, he could count on that statement as an accurate prediction of the future. Sometimes
lies were more dependable than the truth."
4. How old is Ender? Are his actions appropriate to his age?
At the beginning of chapter one, Ender Wiggin is 6. His actions are most certainly not appropriate to his age.
5. Describe the fight with Stilson.
Ender had definitely won the fight, not because Stilson was on the ground, but because Ender knew once he'd get back up, he would try to fight him again, he new he'd won the war, and there was no point for an infinite number of battles. This is foreshadowing the last part of the book, where Ender's intention was to make sure the "Buggers" would never come back.