The Kite Runner – Handout

Hello folks,

Please print yourself a copy of this handout. If you can print it with THREE slides to a page, double sided, that would be great.

Kite Runner Amalgamated handout


The Kite Runner – Context Research

Hi folks,

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


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


  • 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?


  • 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.