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.