In chapters 6-12 in Ender's Game, what challenges does Ender face? What strategies does he use to overcome the challenges?

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In the novel Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender Wiggin is the young boy chosen to go to Battle School to find out if he can be the commander of the army to defeat the Buggers.  Chapters 6-12 are about Ender's time at Battle School until he is removed and sent on to Command School at the end of Chapter 12.  In his time at Battle School, Ender faces many challenges from isolation from other students, to being constantly transferred to other armies who do not want him, to being physically attacked, to army games with all the odds stacked against him.  Ender comes out the victor because he is observant of other people, willing to try new strategies such as freezing feet to improve his chances, is imaginative by eliminating the rules and thinking outside the box, and aware of all reactions to him.  When Bonzo attacks him in the shower, he knows it is to complete defeat or Bonzo will attack again.  Ender uses his quick thinking to defeat Bonzo though he is never told Bonzo is dead.  When Col. Anderson figures that Ender has learned all he can learn in Battle School, he is sent to Command School.

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