Week Two (Chapters 5 - 9) - Classroom Materials

Quick Quiz Questions

  1. How did Hassan make Assef and his friends leave Amir and him alone?
  2. What did Baba get Hassan for his birthday?
  3. Give two reasons why winter is Amir’s favorite season.
  4. What is “tar”?
  5. What is a kite runner?
  6. How does Amir please his father at the kite tournament?
  7. Where does Amir find Hassan and what is the conflict?
  8. How does Amir and Hassan’s relationship change after the kite tournament?
  9. What does Amir ask his father while they are planting tulips?
  10. What does Assef give Amir as a birthday present?
  11. What does Rahim Khan give Amir as a birthday present?
  12. What birthday present des Ali give to Amir?
  13. What does Amir accuse Hassan of stealing?
  14. How does Baba react to Ali and Hassan’s decision to leave?

Plot Events

  • Assef threatens Hassan and Amir with brass knuckles.
  • Baba pays for Hassan to have surgery to correct his harelip.
  • School ends for the winter and Amir prepares for the kite tournament.
  • Amir wins the kite tournament.
  • Assef attacks and rapes Hassan.
  • Amir watches Hassan get raped and runs away.
  • Amir hits Hassan with pomegranates.
  • Amir talks to Assef at his birthday party.
  • Amir hides money and a watch under Hassan’s mattress.
  • Hassan admits to stealing the money and the watch, but Baba forgives him.
  • Ali and Hassan leave in Baba’s car.

Important Passages

“I will never forget how Assef’s blue eyes glinted with a light not entirely sane and how he grinned…as he pummeled that poor kid unconscious…Years later, I learned an English word for the creature that Assef was, a word for which a good Farsi equivalent does not exist: “sociopath.” (p. 38)

“But he’s not my friend! I almost blurted. He’s my servant! Had I really thought that? Of course I hadn’t. I hadn’t I treated Hassan well, just like a friend, better even, more like a brother. But, if so, then why, when Baba’s friends came to visit with their kids, didn’t I ever include Hassan in our games?” (p.41)

“To this day I find it hard to gaze directly as people like Hassan, people who mean every word they say.” (p. 54)

“I was going to win, and I was going to run that last kite. Then I’d bring it home and show it to Baba…then maybe my life as a ghost in this house would finally be over.” (p.56)

“He stopped, turned. He cupped his hands around his mouth. “For you a thousand times over!” he said.” (p. 67)

“I had one last chance to make a decision. One final opportunity to decide who I was going to be. I could step into that alley, stand up for Hassan – the way he stood up for me all those times in the past – and accept whatever would happen to me. Or I could run. In the end, I ran.” (p.77)
“A part of me was hoping someone would wake up and hear , so I wouldn’t have to live with this lie anymore. But no one woke up and in the silence that followed, I understood the nature of my new curse: I was going to get away with it.” (p.86)

“They’d both been crying; I could tell from their red, puffed-up eyes. They stood before Baba, hand in hand, and I wondered how and when I’d become capable of causing this kind of pain.” (p. 105)

“And that led to another understanding: Hassan knew. Heknew I’d seen everything in he alley, that I’d stood there and done nothing. He knew I’d betrayed him and yet he was rescuing me once again, maybe for the last time.” (p. 105)

“Ali glanced my way and in his cold, unforgiving look, I saw that Hassan had told him…Strangely I was glad that someone knew me for who I really was; I was tired of pretending.” (p. 106)

“I was sorry, but I didn’t cry and I didn’t chase the car.” (p. 109)

Vocabulary Set

“The end, the official end, would come first in April 1978 with the communist coup d’etat, and then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into our streets.”
“Hassan was always too modest to actually suggest a present. So every winter Baba picked something out himself.”
“All I smelled was victory. Salvation. Redemption, If Baba was wrong and there was a God like they said in school, then He’d let me win.”
“He was there in the hand-washed and ironed clothes…in the warm slippers left outside my door. Everywhere I turned, I saw signs of his loyalty.”
“But to me, his eyes betrayed him. When I looked into them, the façade faltered, revealed a glimpse of the madness hiding behind them.”
“Then I knocked on Baba’s door and told what I hoped would be the last in a long line of shameful lies.” (p. 104)