Ender's Game, the novel: How well do you know the characters?
By: Olivia Seitz
About This Quiz
From the genius children of Battle School to the secretive military commanders who train them, how much do you know about the characters of Orson Scott Card's best-selling novel?
Why is Ender called a "Third?"
He placed third in the school competition.
He's the commander's second right-hand-man.
He's his family's third child.
In the future of "Ender's Game," families are only allowed to have two children. Ender was a third child, sanctioned by the government, and his status as a Third means he's subjected to teasing from other children.
What nickname is given to new students who arrive at battle school?
When Ender first arrives at battle school, he's quick to pick up on the social dynamic between the older students and the new Launchies like himself. Launchies get no respect from upperclassmen, so Ender has to earn it.
Peter, after convincing Valentine to portray the rabble-rousing Demosthenes, writes political pieces under the pseudonym "Locke." He chose the name in reference to influential English philosopher John Locke.
Who challenges Col. Graff about the grueling battle schedule Ender faces at battle school?
Graff's second in command, Major Anderson, manages the battle challenges the children face in training. He confronts Graff because he believes the unfairness of it all completely negates what they are trying to achieve with the battle standings.
When Ender discovers the hive queen and writes "Speaker for the Dead," he describes their wish to be remembered as mankind's "tragic sisters," a race which would have sought harmony with humans had they been able to communicate.
Who wants to have Ender brought back to Earth, then ultimately tries to keep him away?
Peter and Valentine fought extensively over whether Ender ought to come back to Earth or remain in space. Peter wanted to use Ender's power and Valentine just wanted to be with him again. Ultimately, they keep Ender in space for his own protection.
What haunts Ender's dreams immediately after the war is over?
the Giant's Drink world
the episode with Bonzo
seeing himself with Peter's face
all of the above
Once Ender learns that he is responsible for the destruction of an entire race of beings, he is overwhelmed by horror and guilt. He spends days asleep having nightmares about the worst things he experienced.
Who tries to prevent a solo confrontation between Ender and Bonzo?
All of the above
Each in their own way tries to keep Ender from fighting Bonzo alone. Bean seeks the assistance of friendly armies, Petra tries to instigate a fight in public where she could protect Ender, and Dink tries to intervene before the fight in the showers.