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Ender's Game

List the conflicts in Ender's Game.

There are a lot of internal and external conflicts present throughout this book. I'll try to list as many as I can. Ender's conflict with Bonzo. This one ends with physical violence and Bonzo's...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2017 1:34 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, describe the computer game now that Ender has beaten the giant.

By beating the giant, Ender has gained access into fairyland, which he begins to explore in Chapter Seven of this great novel. He goes around the back fo the giant's corpse and follows the brook...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2011 7:37 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, what are some quotes that show that Ender is intelligent? 

There is no doubt that Ender is an extremely intelligent character. His intelligence and emotional stability is what got him to Battle School in the first place. What is great about Ender is that...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2019 2:32 pm UTC

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What are some examples of metaphors in Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card?

In Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card certainly used very direct, literal language to express the story and its themes. However, we can find a few literary devices, including a couple of metaphors.One...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 6:35 am UTC

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In Chapter 9 of Ender's Game, how does Peter plan to take over the world?

Peter plans to have Valentine ask their father to get him citizen's access to the nets, instead of student access. By spreading his ideas on the nets, Peter wants to establish a kind of Pax...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2017 12:53 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of this quote from Ender's Game? "In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him...

This quote comes when Ender is speaking to Valentine, his sister, about his experiences in Battle School. Ender has come to undersand himself better, and knows that he is capable of extraordinary...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

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How does Ender's character change throughout the novel, Ender's Game?

Ender is an outlier of his surroundings throughout the novel. When readers are introduced to him, we are quickly told that he is the third child in the family. That's not normal. He remains an...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 3:05 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, what did the scene with the snake and Peter's reflection represent?

As the end of Chapter Nine explores, the scene where Ender kills the snake and then sees Peter's bloody reflection in the mirror that he gazes into suggests strongly that Ender has the potential to...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2013 8:36 pm UTC

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What lesson does Ender learn from Bonzo Madrid about being a commander?

From watching Bonzo Madrid, Ender learns both from what Bonzo lacks and what he does well. Bonzo's skill is in organization and discipline. When he becomes a commander, Ender incorporates an...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018 10:00 pm UTC

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Why can't Ender come back to earth?

I believe that this question is asking about events that occur near the story's conclusion. Ender has defeated the Buggers, and he is hailed a hero and savior of the human species. Ender believes...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2018 9:25 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, why did the Wiggin family move from the city to rural North Carolina?

The family moves to North Carolina for the good of Valentine and Ender's brother Peter. This is stated plainly in Chapter 9: Valentine knew why they had moved here. It was for Peter, so that...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 3:25 am UTC

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Is Ender more like Valentine or Peter? What characteristics are more of Valentine's and which are more Peter's? What...

Ender is not like Valentine and he is not like Peter. Ender, or Andrew, is a combination of both. Valentine is a compassionate person. She will defend her little brother if necessary, but she...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2009 8:07 am UTC

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In Ender's Game Chapter 7, why are the adults the real enemies?

The thing the kids at Battle School have largely forgotten is that they are in training for a real war. So many of them are so wrapped up in the "games" and battles against other armies, that they...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2010 4:18 am UTC

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Where is Ender in the computer game? What does he see in the mirror after he defeats the snake? Why? Ender's Game...

At Battle School, Ender plays an open-ended adventure game that seems to have no clear point/ultimate goal. Ender is often frustrated by the game, and finds himself stuck at a particular point. He...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2010 6:18 am UTC

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"Perhaps it is impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be." Explain what this qoute...

This quote comes from Chapter 13, and refers directly to Valentine. At this point in the story, she and Peter have gained such a large following on the "nets" as Locke and Demosthenes, that even...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2013 2:37 pm UTC

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What point of view is Ender's Game written in

The answer to this question is exactly as straightforward as it is for some other stories. In general, the narration stays firmly in the third person. I'd like to say that the narration is 100%...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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What is a significant quote from Ender's Game that represents the entire book?

Ender's Game is full of interesting quotes that speak to the themes of the entire work, and indeed the entire series as a whole. One of the best comes early in the book, when Ender is asked why he...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2012 5:37 pm UTC

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What is Ender's relationship with various characters in the book?

One way to look at Ender's relationships in the book is from the perspective of need. Does Ender need this character, or does this character need Ender? Do they need each other? Ender and Peter are...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

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Why are adults the real enemies?

The adults could be viewed as the enemy in this book for a few reasons, but I think the adults should be viewed as the enemy for one main reason above all other reasons. The adults are the enemy...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2020 3:37 pm UTC

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How would you describe the battle room?

The battle room is a zero-gravity space where the boys of the Battle School can safely conduct their mock combat. To fight, the boys wear suits similar to space suits and carry "guns" that are...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2018 9:41 pm UTC

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In the book Ender's Game, please give a major allusion and describe the meaning; explain how it helps the reader...

It is important to keep in mind that an allusionis a reference in literature to something that is well known from other literature, science, history, or pop culture. In chapter 9 of Ender's Game,...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 10:49 pm UTC

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Why is Valentine so upset that her father agrees with Demosthenes?

Valentine is upset when her father starts reading and agreeing with Demosthenes because Valentine "didn't like some of the positions Peter made Demosthenes take" (136). Demosthenes is described as...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 2:39 pm UTC

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What attitude motivates the adults to lie to Ender?

There are a lot of lies in the book Ender's Game. Many characters lie to Ender for a variety of reasons, but the character that probably lies the most is Colonel Graff. Colonel Graff does...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2015 2:16 pm UTC

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How does Ender change throughout the book Ender's Game? In what parts of the book is this shown?

Ender’s Game is primarily a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist develops as he works through a series of challenges. Although Ender is still a child when the novel ends, his maturity is...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2019 7:21 pm UTC

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Describe Peter from "Ender's Game".  

I do not recall any physical description of Peter. We have to visualize his appearance as best we can. But there is certainly description of Peter's actions, and that tells us a great deal about...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2009 6:56 am UTC

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In chapter 6 ofEnder's Game, explain how Alai becomes “the bridge” between Bernard’s group and Ender’s “outcasts.”

Up until this point in the story, in Battle School, Ender has been the primary target of bullies, just like he was at home. Bernard is the ringleader of the bullies in Ender's launch group, and...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2013 2:40 pm UTC

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What lesson does Ender learn from his battle with Rabbit Army?

Ender learns a lot of important lessons from his battle with Rabbit Army. Some of them are small lessons, but none of them are unimportant to Ender. That's what makes Ender so dangerous. He can...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 3:35 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game where is Dragon Army ranked after their battle with Rabbit Army?

The answer to this question can be found in Chapter 11, which records the battle that Dragon Army fought against Rabbit Army and the defeat that Rabbit Army suffered. When Ender and his troops go...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2013 9:07 pm UTC

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In chapter 6, how does Ender finally get past “the giant’s drink” part of the game? What does this suggest about his...

The sequence that the question is asking about appears at the end of chapter 6. Ender is playing the game, and he is genuinely sick of the game. He fully believes that the game is rigged to make...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 12:49 am UTC

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How does Enders Game fit into the genre of "dystopia" (a futuristic world maintained by totalitarian control)?

There are actually three “worlds” in this novel: first, the domestic “dystopia” in which family size is limited, social pressure is applied to “Thirds”, family members are alienated from each...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013 10:08 pm UTC

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

Chapters 6–12 in Ender’s Game follow Ender’s time being transferred between armies and being unwanted by those around him. Initially placed in Bonzo Madrid’s army, he is relegated to the back of...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 11:25 am UTC

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In the novel, Ender's Game, what does this statement foreshadow? Mazer says, "Ender, the buggers never deliberately...

Orson Scott Card's novel, Ender's Game, is one of my favorite books to give to students. Ender, a young boy who leaves his family to join the group on another planet, becomes the leader of the...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012 8:38 am UTC

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How is the idea of prejudice presented in Ender's Game? How do the characters handle it?

The word prejudice naturally holds a negative connotation and most often brings to mind racial or gender bias first. Ironically, though there are racial and gender differences presented between...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2011 12:24 am UTC

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Who are Ender's squadron leaders? How do they fare on the simulator?

Toward the end of the book, Ender is moved out of Battle School for his final "training." Mazer informs Ender that instead of toon leaders Ender will now be working with squadron leaders. As you...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2019 3:57 pm UTC

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What does Ender's understanding about gravity reveal about Ender's ability to think? How might this benefit him in...

Early in the book, when Ender is loading into the launch with the other boys, he realizes that a lot of the surfaces around him are covered in carpet. This causes Ender to start thinking of the...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 12:53 pm UTC

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How is Ender considered a hero in "Ender's Game"?  Give two examples from the book.    

It is an interesting question to ask whether or not Ender is a hero or not. I mean he did annihilate an entire intelligent species from the universe (except one). Additionally, Ender discovers that...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2017 2:32 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, what does "salaam" mean?

As previous posters have stated, "Salaam" basically means peace be with you in Arabic. It is most often spoken by Muslim cultures. Certainly the significance of this scene is the seal of a...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2010 9:51 am UTC

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Compare the way that Ender treated Bean differently than the way Graff treats Ender.   What does this say about the...

When Ender first sees the the brilliant, undersized youngster Bean included in his army, he treats him very much like Graff treats Ender. He tells the other soldiers that Bean is the only...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 12:41 am UTC

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What are the major events of Ender's Game?

Ender's Game has many significant, major events that pinpoint the twists and turns of the story, including many that happen without Ender knowing about them, at least for a while. For example, the...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 11:08 am UTC

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Are the main characters in Ender's Game realistic?   What features do they share with real people? 

In the full context of the novel, I think it is arguable that the main characters are realistic. First, when the children in Ender's launch group gather to leave Earth, they tend to do exactly...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 1:21 pm UTC

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What is the symbolism of the playground ("the slide would not hold him")? in Ender's Game Ch. 7 Salamander 

Orson Scott Card is not averse to dropping symbolism in his books. Ender's Game is loaded with symbolism, and the part that this question asks about is no exception. Ender is playing the game with...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 3:43 am UTC

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What makes Ender a good leader?

This novel is a Bildungsroman, meaning it tells the story of a child growing up into an adult. We meet Ender first as the youngest child in the Wiggin family, with a bullying older brother, Peter,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 9:09 pm UTC

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What disturbs Ender about Eros? How does Ender figure out the truth about Eros?

Ender is disturbed by the lower gravity, the downward slope of all the rooms and halls, and the tunnel-like feeling of Eros. Everyone lives underground because the surface is devoted to collecting...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 7:57 am UTC

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Which way is the enemy's gate? Why is this important?

The enemy's gate is "down." This of course refers to the Battle Room at Battle School and a tactical approach to re-orienting all soldiers so they have a common goal and a common sense of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2011 12:10 am UTC

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What is the meaning of the following quote from Ender's Game? "I am not a happy man, Ender. Humanity does not ask us...

"I am not a happy man, Ender. Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf. Survival first, then happiness as we can manage it. So, Ender, I hope you do...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018 1:10 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, how is being called "Third" by Stilson both a good and bad thing?

In the futuristic society that Ender lives in, couples are only really allowed to have two children, and to have a third is against the rules. If you are a "third" child, then you are looked down...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2009 1:54 pm UTC

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What are the dystopian elements in the book Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card?

There are many aspects to the larger society found in Ender’s Game that strike us as unpleasant, bizarre, or even horrifying. However, not all of these can be considered “dystopian,” that is,...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 7:41 pm UTC

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In the book Ender's Game what is done on Ender's birthday?

This answer somewhat depends on which birthday it is asking about. In general, not much is done for Ender's birthday, because he is in Battle School. We are told that Ender figured out how to...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018 1:52 pm UTC

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What does this quotation mean?  "I'm a murderer, even when I play. Peter would be proud of me." 

Ender, who was the second boy to be chosen from his family, is aware that his big brother Peter was kicked out of the program because he was too violent. Even at the beginning of the book, when...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 7:40 pm UTC

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In Ender's Game, what does the Giant's game represent?

At first, the Giant's game is an unwinnable game designed to teach the recruits how to think through different scenarios, even if the endgame is always failure. However, as Ender's Game goes on, it...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 10:36 pm UTC

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