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.