The Kite Runner – Chapters 1 and 2

Please ensure the following questions are complete for Tuesday 29th September.

1.What is the significance of the past for the narrator?

2.What physical feature marks out Hassan?

3.Is it significant that Rahim Khan is mentioned 3 times but Baba only once and even then only after Rahim is mentioned?

4.Compare the opening and closing lines of the chapter.

5.How does the narrator introduce Hassan?

6.Compare the second paragraph on p.5 (bottom of p.4) and the fourth paragraph on p.9 (bottom of p.9).  What do these paragraphs suggest about the relationship each boy has with their father?

7.The boys’ lives run parallel to each other, how are they similar and how different?

8.The themes of childhood and friendship are important in this chapter.  Can you identify another theme the author wants us to notice?

9.What is the effect of only finding out the narrator’s name at the end of this chapter?  What is the significance of the revelation?

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