1. What is a kite runner?

(A) Someone who competes in the kite-fighting tournament

(B) Someone who makes and sells kites

(C) Someone who retrieves the losing kite of a kite battle

(D) Someone who is exceptionally skilled at flying kites


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

(A) Ali’s parents were killed and Baba’s father, who judged the murder trial, took him in

(B) He was born to the Hazara servant of Baba’s father

(C) He killed a sheep belonging to Baba’s family and was forced to become their servant as punishment

(D) Baba and Ali had the same father


3. What is it that worries Baba about Amir?

(A) He isn’t certain who Amir’s mother was

(B) A boy who can’t stand up for himself becomes a man who can’t stand up to anything

(C) Boys at school bully Amir

(D) Amir could disappoint him by losing the kite-fighting tournament


4. How is Hassan’s cleft lip fixed?

(A) Amir uses his birthday money to pay for the surgery

(B) Baba pays for the surgery as a birthday gift to Hassan

(C) Hassan steals Amir’s birthday money and uses it for the surgery

(D) Ali steals Amir’s birthday money to pay for the surgery


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

(A) Baba holds him responsible for the death of his wife (Amir’s mother), who died giving birth to Amir

(B) Because Amir never did well in the kite-fighting tournament

(C) Baba questions whether Amir is his biological son

(D) Baba prefers to fly kites with Hassan


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

(A) He believes Hassan, who is a Hazara, deserves to learn a lesson

(B) He thinks Hassan wouldn’t have helped him if the roles were reversed

(C) He and Hassan make eye-contact and Hassan silently tells Amir to run

(D) He is afraid and also wants the blue kite, which he can only get by not interfering


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

(A) His favorite book and the watch Baba gave him

(B) The kite Baba bought him that he used to win the kite-fighting tournament

(C) Money he received for his birthday and the watch Baba gave him

(D) A ski mask, a length of rope, and a handful of gold coins


8. Why do Baba and Amir leave Kabul?

(A) One of Baba’s old enemies has found Baba and wants to take revenge

(B) The new president created a totalitarian dictatorship when he took power

(C) The Taliban threaten to kill Baba

(D) The invasion by the Russians has turned the country into a dangerous war zone


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?

(A) He tells the guard that rape is a sin against God

(B) He calls the guard a coward who couldn’t get a woman without a gun

(C) He says decency is even more important in times of war

(D) He threatens to kill the guard if the guard touches the woman


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

(A) Los Angeles, California

(B) Newark, New Jersey

(C) Reno, Nevada

(D) Fremont, California


11. What does Amir decide to study in college?

(A) English

(B) Farsi literature

(C) Medicine

(D) Law


12. Where does Amir meet Soraya?

(A) The local mosque

(B) A gathering of Afghans in the park

(C) At school

(D) The flea market


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?

(A) Amir needs to quit crying and accept that he will be alone soon

(B) That he has been trying to teach Amir how to live without him for Amir’s whole life

(C) Amir needs to have faith that God will provide for him

(D) That Amir should find Hassan to make up for the ways he wronged him


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

(A) The man proposes to the woman in front of her family

(B) The man asks for consent from the woman’s father

(C) The man’s father asks consent from the woman’s father

(D) The man tells the woman’s mother his intentions, then proposes to the woman


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

(A) Move back to Kabul

(B) Buy a house

(C) Leave Afghanistan behind and live as Americans

(D) Have a baby


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

(A) There is a way to be good again

(B) The past is gone and buried

(C) Hassan wants to see you

(D) I have money that is yours


17. Who is Hassan’s real father?

(A) Rahim Khan

(B) Ali

(C) Baba

(D) General Taheri


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

(A) So he can check on Baba’s house, which has been claimed by the Taliban

(B) So he can confront Assef about his rape of Hassan

(C) So he can get Sohrab and bring him back to Pakistan

(D) So he can find Hassan


19. Why does Farid initially dislike Amir?

(A) Amir was condescending towards him

(B) Rahim Khan told Farid what Amir had done to Hassan

(C) Amir is Sunni, while Farid is Shia

(D) Farid thought Amir was returning to Kabul to sell property


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

(A) A man and a woman stoned to death

(B) A thief who has his hand cut off

(C) A display of horse-riding by members of the Taliban

(D) A wedding ceremony


21. Why does Amir laugh when Assef beats him?

(A) He has gone crazy

(B) He has been drugged

(C) He feels relief from his guilt

(D) He feels Assef can’t hurt him


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

(A) Amir and Hassan used to hunt birds with a slingshot as children

(B) Hassan once saved Amir from Assef with a slingshot

(C) Assef used to threaten Amir and Hassan with a slingshot

(D) Amir taught Hassan how to shoot a slingshot when they were children


23. Why does Amir have difficulty adopting Sohrab?

(A) Amir is no longer a citizen of Afghanistan

(B) Amir has no papers proving Sohrab’s parents are dead

(C) Amir refuses to pay the bribe demanded by the adoption officials

(D) Amir is considered a traitor for having fled Afghanistan


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

(A) Speak

(B) Use his slingshot

(C) Fly his kite (

D) Pray


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

(A) The longest journeys begin with a single step

(B) When spring comes, it melts the snow one flake at a time

(C) The storm is most dangerous just before it clears

(D) Every wound has its purpose


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