Beyond the Buggers: The Ender's Quintet Quiz

By: Olivia Seitz
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Beyond the Buggers: The Ender's Quintet Quiz
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About This Quiz

To many, "Ender's Game" may seem like modern ultra-fantasy science fiction. What may be surprising is that the series originated from a short story in 1977 and its subsequent novelization in 1985 by novelist Orson Scott Card. In fact, the story is so beloved it has come out in short story, book, film, comics, and video games. But how much do you know about Ender's Quintet? This quiz will make you feel like Bonzo is riding you the whole way through. 

There are five books in the Ender Series. After the first book, "Ender's Game," which of the next four can be read as a standalone and out of order from the remaining four books? Can you recall what a Descolada is? You probably don't want to come across it. Do you remember what Pequeninos are, or another name for them? 

Growing up as a teenager, you probably imagined saving the world in a science fiction setting. From combat to social battles and of course politics and unique cultures, Orson Scott Card reminds the world what humanity is all about. Do you think you have what it takes to recall and decipher the world of "Ender's Game?" Take this quiz to see if you have what others don't!

Years after writing "Ender's Game," Card learned that Ender is a real name. What does it mean in Turkish?
man of peace
exceptional
In a surprising twist of fate, Card was informed that the name "Ender" - which, to his knowledge, didn't exist - actually means "rare" or "exceptional" in Turkish. It's a suitable name for the novel's hero, who truly was one in a million.
end of days
It doesn't mean anything

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Who reminds Ender that "the enemy's gate is down" during the final battle?
Petra
Hot Soup
Bean
Bean, always one to help Ender out of a pinch, jokes that "the enemy's gate is down," in reference to Ender's brilliant battle room strategies. This phrase jolts Ender into action, inspiring him to destroy the Formic home world.
Mazer

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Why doesn't Ender hate the Formics the way the other students do?
He never witnessed their devastating battle tactics.
He learned to love them in his quest to understand them.
Ender believes that he cannot defeat his enemies without first loving them. In loving them, he understands their way of thinking and their motivations enough to destroy them completely if he chooses.
Ender never has feelings.
Ender sees them as pawns in a chess game of power.

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Where does Ender go after Battle School, but before accepting his mission at Command School?
A house on a lake
Col. Graff gives him the vacation he desperately needs, and even allows Valentine to visit him in the hopes that Ender will regain the will to fight. The ploy works, and after a few halcyon months on Earth, Ender leaves his home planet for good.
Back home to his family
On a tour of Europe
To an isolated space station

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Which book in the series can be read at any point after "Ender's Game"?
Xenocide
Ender in Exile
"Ender in Exile" tells the story of Ender's journey from Earth to the new colony he expected to call home. It was written last, so it can be read any time after "Ender's Game."
Speaker for the Dead
Children of the Mind

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What convinces Peter to leave Ender in space - forever?
The idea that he'll always be in Ender's shadow.
Peter's parents cleverly use praise of Ender to wound Peter's pride, thus driving him to change his mind about trying to bring Ender back to Earth. Peter desires a world in which no one, not even Ender, stands taller than he, metaphorically speaking.
Pure hatred of his brother.
A desire to keep Valentine all to himself.
No reason, it's just a whim.

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What is the name of the colony that Ender is initially asked to govern?
Shakespeare
Ender is at first unsure of his ability to govern the colony, but spends his time on the ship gaining the trust of its future colonists. Once on the planet's surface, he faces the difficult task of integrating the new arrivals with the original settlers.
Planet Bob
Caprica
Ender's World

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Who schemes with Col. Graff to create a new future both for herself and for Ender off-world?
Valentine, Ender's sister
Valentine uses her influence both as Ender's sister and as the demagogue Demosthenes to communicate with Graff and secure a future in space.
Petra Arkanian, a command school colleague
Theresa Wiggin, his mother
Alessandra, a colonist

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Fill in the quote! "_______ is the consummate bureaucrat. He's always thinking ten steps ahead of everyone else."
Ender Wiggin
Mazer Rackham
Hot Soup
Hyrum Graff
During one of his many post-war conversations with Ender, Mazer described Graff as the "consummate bureaucrat" because of the many plans he prepared and the way he could use anyone to accomplish them. They were never terribly worried about Graff during the post-war trial, knowing that he'd find a suitable solution on his own.

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What was the relationship between Alessandra and her mother, Dorabella, like?
peaceful
respectful
uneventful
tempestuous
Alessandra and Dorabella butt heads frequently throughout the duration of "Ender in Exile." For all their fights, the two do still show love and affection to each other.

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How does Dorabella charm her way into Admiral Morgan's heart?
Ignoring him, then performing directly to him in a play.
Dorabella made a point of introducing herself to all the officers except for him, then turned around and focused entirely on him during her performance in "Taming of the Shrew." The ploy worked, and Morgan was love-struck.
Wandering the halls, following him wherever he goes.
Tempting him with liquor and slinky clothes.
Offering to be his personal secretary.

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How did Ender and Graff prevent Admiral Morgan from staging a coup on Shakespeare?
A letter signed by the Polemarch
An automatic subroutine programmed into his ship
Ender's familiarity with the colony's soldiers
All of the above
Admiral Morgan was upstaged by a clever plot involving a letter notifying him of the consequences of any insubordinate actions, and by Ender's sincere dedication to getting to know the colonists of Shakespeare before his arrival.

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What is a consequence of writing "Speaker for the Dead"?
Ender's name is associated with xenocide.
When Ender anonymously writes "Speaker for the Dead," it causes many people to question the necessity of wiping them out. Over time, this is used to political advantage by other characters to impugn Ender's good name.
People hate the Formic race even more.
It undermines the Hegemon's authority on Earth.
None of the above

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Why does Ender travel to Lusitania Colony?
He just wanted to visit new planets.
He learned of a gravely dangerous situation.
He was summoned there as a "speaker for the dead."
Ender travels under the name of Andrew Wiggin to the colony of Lusitania, ostensibly because someone requested a speaker for the dead, a person who would learn about the life of the deceased and make an oration to their family and friends.
He saw the future and knew he was needed.

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What is the Descolada?
the indigenous species of Lusitania
a terrible, quickly evolving virus
The Descolada was a virus that infected the entire surface of Lusitania before humans arrived. Early settlers of the planet had to develop drugs to keep it from harming human hosts, and the local scientists struggle to keep up with its evolution.
a play performed yearly on Lusitania
Lusitania's version of Halloween

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Who or what are the Pequeninos?
the sentient species indigenous to Lusitania
Lusitania was the first colonized world in which the settlers discovered an intelligent race already inhabiting the planet! The Pequeninos are so named because of their resemblance to pigs.
a traveling band of comedians
a series of rivers filled with jagged rocks near the settlement
the summer days in Lusitania

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What are the Pequeninos, or "piggies," trying to do when they kill Libo and then Pipo?
Mark their territory for the humans to see.
Keep them from sharing secret information.
Honor them with entrance into the Pequenino third life.
The Pequeninos have a ritual to allow their males to enter into the "Third Life," a state of existence as a sentient tree. They attempt to honor Libo and Pipo with this ritual, not understanding that they are committing murder.
Sacrifice them to their gods.

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Who brokers an agreement between the settlement of Lusitania, the Hive Queen and the Pequeninos?
Libo
Ender Wiggin
Once the humans are made aware of the Hive Queen's presence, it's necessary to establish boundaries for the settlements. It takes Ender's great power of persuasion and his understanding of human minds to prevent all-out war.
Arkanian Delphiki
Human

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Who is Jane?
Ender's lover
A being who exists in the ansible connections
Jane somehow came into being when the Hive Queen tried desperately to reach Ender during the last Formic war. She started out as the computer program used for the Mind Game Ender played in Battle School.
The child of the Hive Queen
The first human-pequenino hybrid

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What device, used to destroy the Formics, is deployed against Lusitania?
a set of nuclear bombs
Doomsday Missile
Doctor Device
The Molecular Disruption Device, or "Doctor Device," is launched against Lusitania out of fear of the Descolada. Fortunately, Jane and her crew manage to catch and disable the device, saving the planet.
Planetary Annihilation System

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What happens when Ender goes into The Outside?
He meets all his deceased relatives.
He conjures up Valentine and Peter Wiggin.
Part of Ender's "aiua," or being, is split off from him and he creates young versions of Valentine and Peter. The real Valentine is none too happy about this development, and eventually Ender's aiua must decide on a permanent body.
He creates a cure for the Descolada.
He dies.

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Which body does Ender's aiua ultimately choose to inhabit?
Andrew Wiggin
(new) Valentine Wiggin
Peter Wiggin
Out of the three - Andrew, Valentine, and Peter - only Peter survives in "Children of the Mind." Finally able to feel whole, he moves forward with his new vision for Starways Congress.
Jane

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What happens to the second Valentine's body after Ender dies?
It vanishes into dust, just like Ender's body.
It slowly dies and is buried.
It is taken over by Jane.
Jane, desperately in need of a body after her ansible connections are terminated, takes over the second Valentine's body as Ender's auia leaves it. She's then given the physical form she needs to live happily ever after with Miro.
It fuses with Miro, who is then able to speak normally again.

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Who falls in love with Peter?
Ouanda
Jane
Si Wang-mu
The native of Path loathes Peter at the beginning of their journey together, but by the end of the story, she is happy to marry a softer, wiser Peter.
Petra III

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What was the purification ritual the "gods" of Path imposed on Qing-jao?
bashing her head against a wall
back lashings
several days of meditative prayer
tracing the grains of her wooden floor
Qing-jao was one of the "Godspoken" residents of Path. While they thought their compulsions were atonement required by the Gods, they were actually the victims of a genetics experiment conducted by Starways Congress.

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What does Jane do in order to make the war fleet headed to Lusitania disappear?
She pulls the fleet into the Outside, where it is lost forever.
She prevents all ansible communications to and from the fleet.
While the actual fleet itself continued to progress toward Lusitania, its disconnection from the ansibles prevented the reception of new orders from Starways Congress and created quite the stir.
She re-routes unmanned drones to intercept and destroy the fleet.
She unleases a deadly plague on the crew.

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When Ender first meets the Ribeira family, what gift does he receive from Grego, the family's youngest child?
a frog
urine
Grego, an uncouth and ill tempered little boy, attacks Ender as soon as he enters the house, and later tries to escape from Ender's grasp by peeing on him.
a paper airplane
a dandilion

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Who does Ender marry?
Valentine (his sister)
Jane (his favorite companion)
Novinha (Marcos' widow)
Ender is curious about Novinha from the moment she sends out a request for a speaker of the dead as a little girl. When he arrives on her planet, she has grown into a hurt, hardened woman.
Alessandra (his lover on the first colony ship)

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Olhado Ribeira sports prosthetic...
legs
ears
fingers
eyes
He says that Olhado is the nickname given to him because of his artificial eyes. He can record everything he sees to replay or delete as he sees fit.

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Which of the Ribeira children became a Catholic priest and dies a martyr at the hands of some rebellious Pequeninos?
Ela
Quim
Quim always took his faith seriously and believed his calling in life was to be a missionary to the Pequeninos. Some of them gratefully accept his faith, but others are less welcoming.
Grego
Quara

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What scandal does Ender reveal at the Speaking for Marcos Ribeira (called Marcao)?
Marcos was married twice.
Marcos murdered Libo, not the Pequeninos.
Marcos was a spy for Starways Congress.
All of his children were secretly sired by Libo Figueira.
As it turns out, Marcos had a congenital disease that prevented him from fathering children, and all of the Ribeira children were actually the sons and daughters of Libo Figueira. He married Novinha on the condition that she could still be with Libo secretly.

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What shocking discovery is made about the Descolada?
It can never be cured.
It was engineered to terraform planets and probably gather intel for an alien species.
The Descolada, a terrible virus afflicting the whole planet, is discovered to be the creation of an alien species. Their communication methods are vastly different from human speech, and the books leave much about the virus and the race that created it unexplained.
It was created by human scientists employed by Starways Congress.
The Pequeninos discovered a cure and withheld it from the humans.

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Who competes with Novinha for Ender's attention and time?
Valentine Wiggin
Jane
Jane is Ender's constant confidant and companion through the earpiece he takes with him everywhere. Jane's omnipresence in Ender's life is a sore spot for Novinha and leads to trouble in their marriage.
Ela Ribeira
Quara Ribeira

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What do the Pequeninos desperately want the Hive Queen to help them make?
a spaceship
They want to escape their planet and explore the stars, so the Hive Queen shares her knowledge with them. Unfortunately, they must overcome the problem of the Descolada, which could wipe out all the inhabited planets if it is carelessly spread to human vessels.
tunnel systems
a laboratory
a telescope

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How does Jane survive when Starways Congress pulls the plug on all the old ansibles?
She takes over Valentine II's body.
She visits the Mothertree and Fathertree network of Pequeninos.
Malu saves some of her essential programs in a secret laboratory.
All of the above
Surviving the ansible disconnection is a harrowing experience for Jane, and it forces her to explore her connections with the rest of the world. Through the help of her friends, she is guided to safe havens.

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