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The Kite Runner Test

by McKinstry Rose

  • Release Date: February 12, 2019
  • Age Levels: Grade 11
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The Kite Runner Test: Page 1

Section One: Identification—names and terms may be used more than once. (2 points each)

  • _____________________________ = motif most associated with the Afghan philosophy about winning.
  • _____________________________ = motif which illustrates one’s awareness of his surroundings or a person’s guilt
  • _____________________________ = motif associated with lawlessness
  • _____________________________ = Hosseini’s use of this (these) not only proves that he is a brave writer but also helps make his themes more universal.
  • _____________________________ = type of Islam associated with the Taliban
  • _____________________________ = Tajik leader of the Afghan resistance movement who predicted 9/11
  • _____________________________ = majority ethnic group found in Afghanistan; ruling group
  • _____________________________ = the decades of the “Golden Years” in Afghanistan
  • _____________________________ = What is more important to the Afghans than rules?
  • _____________________________ = character besides Baba who believes that Afghanistan will have a king again and that refugees will be able to return to a “good” Afghanistan

Section Two: Short answer quotes—make sure that you thoroughly answer each question.

Quote 1: “ ‘My father is still adjusting to life in America,’ I said . . . I wanted to tell them that, in Kabul, we snapped a tree branch and used it as a credit card.”

  • Who is “them” in the quote above?
  • What point is Hosseini trying to make about immigrants through this incident?

Quote 2: “I know that in the end, God will forgive. He will forgive your father, me, and you too. I hope that you can do the same. Forgive your father if you can. Forgive me if you wish. But, most important, forgive yourself.”

  • Who said this?
  • For what did this person need forgiveness from Amir?

Quote 3: “That Hassan would grow up illiterate like Ali and most Hazaras had been decided the minute he had been born . . . after all, what use did a servant have for the written word?”

How does Amir contribute to this belief?

What point is the author making about literacy through Hassan?

Quote 4: “I thought about the old story of Baba wrestling a black bear in Baluchistan. Baba had wrestled bears his whole life.”

  • What are some of the “bears” wrestled by Baba?

Quote 5: “I thanked Wahid for his hospitality . . . His three sons were standing in the doorway watching us. . . . Earlier that morning, when I was certain no one was looking, I did something I had done twenty-six years earlier . . .”

  • What action did Amir repeat?
  • How else does Amir help Farid (Wahid’s brother)?

The Kite Runner Test, Part 2

Section Three: Answer the following questions in no fewer than three sentences. ( 4 points each)

  • Give three examples from the novel that demonstrate Hosseini’s filmic style.
  • A pathetic fallacy can be a literary device in which the author juxtaposes the physical world with the inner psychological world of a character. Give two examples from KR where Hosseini employs pathetic fallacy.
  • Blood and Lambs/Sacrifices are two other motifs found in KR. Using the same format from our notes, illustrate how Hosseini uses one of these motifs. (claim, data, commentary)

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