Ender's Game Questions Chapt. 6 - 8

Chapter 6 – The Giant’s Drink
1. What is the purpose of the "Giant's" Game? How should Ender evaluate his
success at this game? Is he a murderer?

Chapter 7 – Salamander
1. What did Alai say to Ender? Why is the exchange between Alai and Ender so

2. What is the "just living" mentioned in this chapter?  Is it true that Ender has never
done this?  What does Ender want out of life?  How would you feel if you were he?

3. How did Petra help Ender? How is Petra’s friendship a hindrance to Ender?

4. What does Ender learn about leadership and tactics from Bonzo?

Chapter 8 – Rat
1. Graff says, “Ender Wiggin is ten times smarter and stronger than I am.”  Explain
what this quote means.

2. What is significant about the quote: “So teach me.”  “So learn.”

3. Why is Ender’s response to an attack so significant?

4. What did the scene with the snake and Peter’s reflection represent?

5. How does the game know?

6. Discuss the importance of the last paragraph of this chapter.


Current Event Journals

  1. Read a newspaper, magazine, or Internet news site.

Local newspapers:

State and national newspapers:  

   These sites are geared for teens:
CNN Student News  includes short daily videos
Up Front Online version of magazine

NY Times Learning Network  Express your opinion on news stories

   Other Internet News Sites & Magazine

2.  Read the news and choose an article.

You must choose an article at least once from each of the following sections:
International or world
Opinion or Editorial
Arts & Culture

  1. Write two journal entries each week.  
Each journal:

  • should be at least 1 page.
  • follows the format below.
  • neatly written or typed.

  1. Present one article to class every other week.

  • Sign up for day on calendar.
  • Summarize article for class without reading.
  • Create at least two questions for discussion.

Current Event Journal Format

Your Name


Article Headline


Author (Last Name, First Name)
“Name of Newspaper, Magazine, or News Internet Site.”
Date of Article
News Section
Pg. #, Section #, or URL

Paragraph 1:  Summary

  • Identify the main ideas and restate then in your own words.  

  • Begin with a general one sentence statement about the event.
  • Identify important details to include in summary such as: who, what, when, where, why and how.
  • Use quotes, facts, and figures to back up your details.  Be sure to credit your sources.
  • Don’t forget to use transition words when connecting ideas.

Paragraph 2:  Personal Response

  • Reflect on what the information in the article means to you, your community, nation or the world.

  • Look for words that communicate the author’s point of view about the topic.  Is there a bias?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the event or opinion in the article.
  • Why or why not?
  • Use examples from your own experience or what you know about the world to back up your ideas.
  • What connections to this article can you make to books you’ve read, history or science we’ve studied, or anything else?
  • According to what you know now about this event, what do you think might happen next?


Ender's Game Questions Chapters 1 - 5

Due Thursday, Jan 31

Chapter 1 – Third
1. What attitude motivates the adults to lie to Ender?

2. Explain what it seems to mean for Ender to be born a "Third". Show whether this is
a negative or positive fact to:
- his parents,
- his brother, Peter,
- his sister, Valentine, and
- his classmates.

Chapter 2 – Peter
1. Was Peter joking when he threatened Ender and Valentine?  Support your answer
with evidence from the novel.

2. Why is Peter’s behavior at the end of the chapter so completely different from the
rest of the chapter?

3. How do you feel about each of these characters (Ender, Valentine, Peter)?  What
did the author do to help create these feelings?  Give examples.

Chapter 3 – Graff
1. What did Graff mean about evolution working against girls?
2. Ender is leaving to learn how to fight a war, yet he takes Graff’s hand. Why does
Orson Scott Card (OSC) include this action?

Chapter 4 – Launch
1. Explain the meaning of the following statement: “Individual human beings are tools
that the others use to help us all survive.”

2. Explain the following quote: "Isolate him enough that he remains creative -
otherwise he'll adopt the system here and we'll lose him." Your answer should
include the terms: isolation, creative, adopt, lose.

3. Did Ender mean to break the other boy’s arm?  What does this incident tell us about
Ender?  Is it acceptable to do despicable things for survival?  Why or why not?

Chapter 5 – Games
1. Ender works hard to express his feelings in private and not show homesickness in
front of any other person. Is it healthy for him or not?   What is positive and what is
negative about showing feelings?  What is positive and what is negative about not
showing feelings?

2. How did Ender beat Bernard?  Is this an unusual solution to his problem?

3. List the different coping mechanisms (ways of dealing with difficulties) Ender
shows. For each one describe whether the overall result of each is helpful or
harmful to Ender.


Ender's Game Anticipation Assignment

Throughout the next six weeks you will be reading Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and writing all of your responses on your blog.  You will also be responsible for reading and commenting on other student's blog posts.  So make sure you are following everyone's blog and everyone is following you!

1. Fill out the Ender's Game Anticipation Guide, but DON"T HIT SUBMIT!
2.  Create a  new blog post called "Ender's Game Anticipation Guide."  In this post you will write about how and why you ranked each statement.  Write a brief but thoughtful paragraph about each statement.  For example:  "Lying is justifiable if it's for the greater good. - I am undecided on this statement so I gave it a 3.   I suppose it is important for the government to have spies that need to lie in order to keep our country safe, however on the other hand telling lies rarely comes to any good and people often get hurt through dishonest actions . . ."
3.  Once you have completed your blog responses for the anticipation guide, press submit and, when the whole class is finished, I will share with you the results.
4.  Start reading!  By Monday next week you will have read to pg. 53. (chapter 5)


Language Arts Assignments This Week

For language arts computer lab this week:
1.  Post your personal narrative to your blog.
2.  Make sure you have added your blog address to the shared blog document.
3.  Read at least twelve blogs and write positive and specific comments.  Refer to the personal narrative       rubric as you read and comment.
4.  Print your final draft of your personal narrative along with a personal narrative rubric and turn in.
5.  Finish your pixon cartoon save and submit it to me.
6.  Add any other writings on to your blog such as your poem for two voices.
7.  Take the learning styles survey and write a blog post about your two highest scores and one of your lowest scores.