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The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

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Study Questions and Essay Topics

Suggestions for Further Reading

1. What is a kite runner?

2. How did Ali come into Baba’s family?

3. What is it that worries Baba about Amir?

4. How is Hassan’s cleft lip fixed?

5. Why does Amir think Baba doesn’t love him fully?

6. Why doesn’t Amir stop Hassan’s rape?

7. What does Amir put under Hassan’s mattress to frame him?

8. Why do Baba and Amir leave Kabul?

9. When Baba and Amir flee Kabul, what does Baba say to the Russian guard who tries to rape the woman in the truck with them?

10. Where do Baba and Amir end up in the U.S.?

11. What does Amir decide to study in college?

12. Where does Amir meet Soraya?

13. When Baba is diagnosed with lung cancer and Amir says he doesn’t know what to do without him, what does Baba tell Amir?

14. Which accurately describes the traditional Afghan way of proposing marriage, which we see in the novel?

15. What do Amir and Soraya want to do but are not able to?

16. What does Rahim Khan say to Amir to convince Amir to go to Pakistan

17. Who is Hassan’s real father?

18. Why does Rahim Khan want Amir to go to Kabul?

19. Why does Farid initially dislike Amir?

20. What do Farid and Amir see during the half-time show of the soccer game in Kabul?

21. Why does Amir laugh when Assef beats him?

22. Why is it significant that Sohrab shoots out Assef’s eye with his slingshot?

23. Why does Amir have difficulty adopting Sohrab?

24. What will Sohrab no longer do after he attempts suicide?

25. What metaphor does Amir use to explain the importance of Sohrab smiling?

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