Free Study Guide for Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card-BookNotes

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Answer Key

1.) c
2.) d
3.) c
4.) a
5.) a
6.) b
7.) a
8.) d
9.) c
10.) b
11.) d
12.) a
13.) d
14.) d
15.) c
16.) b


1. What effect does the setting have on the mood of the novel? How is it significant that so much of the story takes place off of Earth?

2. Compare and contrast the ways in which the children at Battle School act like children on Earth. To what extent does the novel correctly reflect the behavior and thoughts of children?

3. How did Card draw on actual historical events in the novel and what is the overall effect of having these in the novel?

4. In what ways is Enderís Game similar to other science fiction? In what ways is it different?

5. Is isolation important for creativity and/ or leadership? Could Ender have become as good as he was through different tactics?

6. Use either Lockeís or Demosthenesí reasoning to argue in favor or against one of the major topics in the book (what should be done about the political division on Earth, population restriction laws, etc).

7. Compare and contrast Ender and Peter. Is there as much a difference between them as Valentine insists there is?

8. What is the role of the games (the video games, the fantasy game, the battles) in Battle School?

9. Discuss how the traditional rites accompanying a death in a particular religion are similar or different to those of Speaker for the Dead.

10. How is point of view in the novel used to control the readerís reaction to events? How would Ender, the buggers, or other characters be seen from anotherís perspective?

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