Discursive Folio piece

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Your next draft is due Wednesday 4th Octoberplease ensure you attach the marked draft to you new one when you hand this in.

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The Kite Runner – Homework

Hi folks,

For Wednesday 27th September,  please complete the below questions on Chapters 17 and 18, and read up to the end of Chapter 23.

Chapter 17

1.What does Hassan’s letter reveal about Afghanistan?  Himself?

2.Why does Rahim Khan choose to tell Amir of Hassan’s death after he read the letter, rather than before?

3.What simile does Amir use to describe Hassan’s death (p.192) (p.203)?  Why is it effective?

4.‘“I’m thirty-eight years old and I’ve just found out my whole life is one big fucking lie!”’ (p.195) (p.206) What has Amir just found out and how do you react to this revelation?

Chapter 18

1.‘like father, like son’ (p.197) (p.209).  How far is this cliché true in relation to Amir and his Baba?

2.Why is there so much repetition of earlier events and conversations in this chapter?

3.This is a short chapter.  Does this mean that it’s less important than the others?

The Kite Runner Homework

Hello folks,

For Wednesday 7th November 2017, please complete the questions below on Chapter 7, and read Chapters 8 and 9.

Chapter 7

1.The sky is described as ‘a blameless blue’ (p.53) (p.57).  What significance does this take on later in the chapter?

2.Hassan tells Amir ‘”You won, Amir agha! You won!”’ What does Amir reply and why is this unexpected?

3.Why does Hosseini break the chapter with the description of a memory and a dream?

4.What is it called when two contrasting things are put together to encourage the reader to think?  How is the technique used in this chapter?

5.How do Wali and Kamal react to the rape?  Why is what Wali says important to our understanding of Assef?

6.Why is the description of the Eid sacrifice included here?

7.How much do you blame the ‘hero’ of this chapter for the way he acts when his friend is raped?  Are there any mitigating factors?

The Kite Runner – Context Research

Hi folks,

Please have this completed by Wednesday 23rd August. Prompt questions are below:

Geography:

  • Where is Afghanistan?
  • What is the population of Afghanistan?
  • What are the official languages of Afghanistan?

History:

  • Examine and report on the general history of Afghanistan. Then specifically focus on the 20th and 21st Centuries.

Ethnic groups and religious diversity:

  • How many major ethnic groups are there in Afghanistan?
  • What are the dominant religious groups? What are the key differences between them?
  • What sect do the majority of Muslims belong to in Afghanistan? Has this created any differences between groups?
  • Why are the Pashtuns so influential in Afghanistan?

Conflict:

  • You need to research the troubled history of Afghanistan focusing on the novel’s time setting and influences in the novel (1970s to the year 2002 including the Soviet invasion and the Taliban seizing control).
  • What conflicts have the people of Afghanistan faced since the 1970s?
  • Explain what happened in Kabul in the early 1990s, before the Taliban took control, and how this affected the population.