Can anyone summarize chapter 16 of The Hunger Games?Any new characters, setting, important events, and important vocabulary.

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In this chapter, Katniss and Rue spend the night sleeping in a tree before heading out with a plan to destroy all of the food supplies that the Careers are hording.  As they journey to where the food is, they talk, and get to know each other a little better, forging a friendship that will be very significant for both of them.  Katniss learns that Rue is the oldest of six children, and has fought to keep her siblings alive her entire life.  Also, she learns that Rue loves music, and that the mockingjays in her orchards help pass her songs and music on in the form of information.

They split up to enact their plan.  Katniss spies on the Careers that are guarding the food supplies, and Rue starts a fire to distract all of them.  They all leave, leaving the food exposed; Katniss waits a bit before going after it, and in the meantime, notices Foxface approaching the food.  Foxface is walking carefully, hopping around, and Katniss realizes that it is because the Careers have planted land mines all around the food.  Katniss decides, in order to set off the mines, to shoot an arrow at a bag of apples.  The apples scatter, igniting the mines.  The chapter ends right there.

In this chapter, the setting is in the actual Hunger Games arena, and we learn a lot more about the mine-planting boy from District 3, whose skills the Careers have recruited to protect their food.  Katniss and Rue strengthen their friendship, and work as a team to get at the Careers' food.  I hope that helped a bit; good luck!

akuhano | Student

You can also see chapter summaries in the study guide section of the Hunger Games.