Monday, October 15, 2012

Fishbowl #6: Chapter 21


By this point, you know what to do!  Keep up your strong work with bringing quotations into at least one of your responses, getting into the hotseats, and participating frequently and thoughtfully from the beginning of the discussion to the end.

Enjoy!

100 comments:

  1. Why did the Taliban stone those people to death in the middle of the stadium?
    -Matt Myers.

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    1. It was to show that if you dont obey you will die

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    2. I think that its because they can or they had done a crime.

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    3. They wanted to show that they have power over everyone and if someone breaks the lax the will find and kill them.

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    4. I think they chose to do it at a soccer game because it is a big event with a lot of people where could show off there power over the people

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  2. Why do they kill people during the halftime part of the soccer game?

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    1. I think that they do it to show that the taliban are in control and if you do anything bad they will kill you.

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    2. They found it a way to entertain and to put fear into people because it was showing everybody that the Taliban was in control and could do whatever they want.

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    3. To show off there power and how they can do what ever they want to the people

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    4. This is a cruel way to entertain and show power.

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    5. It also shows you that there really is know choice for rule

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  3. What is the reason for the man and women to be stoned in front of everyone at halftime, of the soccer game?

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    1. I think it is a display of power.They are showing that they can kill anyone and anywhere in any method.

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    2. I don't think there was a reason, i think it was just something that was chosen to be done right then and there

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    3. It really shows how out of control the whole country was and how brutal the Taliban was on the people.

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  4. Why was the man on the corner trying to sell his leg?

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    1. Because he needed money. People were also willing to buy meat no matter what animal or human it came from. They were in survival meat.

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    2. He was trying to get money to feed his family.

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  5. Why does Amir refer to his home in Afghanistan as "Babas house"?

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    1. Because he doesn't really want to be associated with his father after he learned about his past.

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    2. Why doesn't amir think of house like HIS house not baba's.

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    3. @Tanner Sparks
      I believe that he refers to it like that out of respect for Baba, because Baba was the one who accomplished it and was successful enough to own that house.
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    4. Because the whole time that he spent in Afghanistan as a kid he lived in babas house

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    5. Yes Jimmy, but think about this. I know your dads name is Bill. When you are 38 years old and you go back to the house you are living in now, will you refer to the home as, "Bill's Home"?

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  6. What does Amir want to do? Why does he think this is insane?

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  7. Why does the Taliban kill people in public. Other civilzations don't publicly kiil if they kill. They have people disappear but not publicly killed.

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    1. Just to show they have power.

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    2. I think is a display of ultimate power of life.

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    3. I think that the taliban kill people in public to show that they are in charge and put fear into people so that they wont revolt and they will just do what ever the taliban say or be killed.

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    4. To show how powerful they are. to show what they will doto you if you disobey them.

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    5. I think that Taliban kills people in public because they can and because they are the people who are in power they are not going to get in trouble

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  8. When he goes to see babas house, are the Taliban still there? and why couldnt he stay there instead of a hotel?

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    1. It might not have been Taliban but someone was living there because there was a car in the driveway.

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    2. Because it would have been suspicious and dangerous. the Taliban could kill him if they found out that someone lived there.

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    3. @Chris Davis
      The house was in ruins pretty much. He wouldn't be able to stay there comfortably.
      -Matt Myers.

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  9. On page 259, "I saw a dead body near the restaurant... Hardly anyone seemed to notice him." Why was everyone so accustomed to death? Is everyone so savage that they forget the morals of being civilized?

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    1. I feel when you see that much death you almost have to get used to it if you let yourself feel bad for all the dead body's your going to walk around feeling pretty bad.

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  10. Are they going to buy hassan's kid back from the official?

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    1. I think they will because knowing that Hassan is his family he will buy his kid back because its family.

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  11. Does the power being out in Kabul symbolize that something bad is going to happen?

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    1. Something bad is already happening... Did you not read the chapter?

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    2. Yes, I did read the chapter. I know something bad is happening but the bad things going on right now have been going on for a while, whereas the power has only been off for two days, therefor symbolizing Afghan is breaking down and something terrible is going to occur, something that hasn't been an existing issue.

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    3. When Amir arrives in Afghanistan he visits his old house. Earlier in the book its stated that Baba's house was his pride and joy. It was one of the most beautiful house in Kabul. I think that Amir really thinks it's his father house because when he was a child he didn't feel that he live in the house. Rather he was a guest in His "Father's House" one question that does linger after this chapter is why does Amir read the carving in the tree "Amir and Hassan. The Sultans of Kabul"? I think this answer can be found when Amir seeks redemption. Amir uses this carving as a way to motivate himself to get Hassan child.

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  12. Are the Afghanistan people use to what the Taliban do to the public?

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    1. Yes because humans are the most adaptable creatures for the greater good they can't let them self feel bad all the time.

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    2. The Afghanistan people are used to what the Taliban do to the public so they know were to be extra cautious ect.

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    3. I don't think that the people are used to the death and brutal beatings given by Taliban, I think that it is just that they can't do anything about it so they go with it and hope that it doesn't happen to them.

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  13. When they stone the lady in the stadium, why do they have her blind folded?

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    1. @Chris Davis
      I think they had them both blind folded the whole time as they didn't say anything about removing the blind folds.
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  14. Why do people put up with this. By this point it would almost better to die.

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    1. They can't do anything about it, if you try to you will be killed. People put up with it because of hope, hope that something will make their life better.

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  15. On page 272 when it says "I expected delays, a round of questioning at least, perhaps a check of our papers. But I was reminded of how unofficial even official matters were in Afghanistan." I was surprised at how easy it was to schedule an appointment with the Taliban leaders. With how many people in Afghanistan hate them, it seems like people would take advantage of this and more security would have to be enforced. Is this because the Taliban thinks they are unstoppable? Are they unstoppable?

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    1. I think that since the taliban put so much fear into the people no one even wants to risk trying to kill the leaders. If they did and made it out alive than a new leader would be made and the taliban might even be more harsh.

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  16. The city is falling apart as we all know. But can things get better from there or is the country done for?

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    1. i don't think so as it goes on i feel that the city is going to get much worse.

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    2. I think it can get better but its is going to take an overwhelming amount of power

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  17. The Soccer field is just dirt. If soccer is such a big sport there, why cant they add some grass? :(

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    1. Because of the lack of money.

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    2. Dirt is easier to take of then grass and why waste there money on the people like that. :(

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    3. The Taliban thinks the people don't deserve anything nice and should be grateful for what they have.

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    4. soccer players are dirty, there for they get dirt fields.

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    5. Good question Graham. I think that they do not add grass primarily because thats what the Afghan people have been playing on their whole lives and also because it could be a money issue.

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    6. I think it resembles how the community and how they act and how they do i don't think it just means their poor because that could be shown in a different way

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  18. Is Amir going to ever return to Afghan and live in Baba's house?

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    1. I think he will to show respect to Baba and his family.

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    2. No because I don't think he wants to live under Taliban rule.

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  19. Why did they blindfold the man but not the woman?

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    1. I think that they probably blindfolded the man and not the women because the man could be seen as a bigger thread so they didnt want to take any risks.

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    1. A priest or minister of a Christian church.

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    2. A Cleric is a priest or a religious leader.

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  21. What does all the antiquated, rusted, and destroyed cities symbolize? Does this related to Amir's life, how his life is destroyed?

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  22. Why do foreign miltarys not help.

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    1. Because that will create a war and not all country's want to go to war in order to help a country hats not theirs and considering how bad things are there other countries don't want to get involved.

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    2. I think foreign dont help because they saw what happened to the russians

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  24. Do the Taliban kill for their religion or use their religion to kill?

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    1. i think they use both for killings, but most often i think their religon to kill.

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    2. I think it is their religion to kill, i don't think all people would kill for there religion

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  25. What is so significant about the man's round sunglasses?

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    1. their showing his power, and wealth in the taliban leadership.

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    2. I think its much simpler then to show power and wealth. I think it is to make sure people can't see his eyes

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  26. Why do you think every one ignored the fact that people were just killed and continue to watch the game

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    1. because it had become not only a regular occurance but happened every day. but also because there was nothing they couldve done to prevent it.

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    2. I don't think people ignored it I think the people watched it then tried to forget about it.

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  27. On page 263 it says, "I walked back to the Land Cruiser parked along the sidewalk. Farid sat smoking behind the wheel, 'I have to look at one more thing ,' I told him. 'Can you hurry?' 'give me ten minutes.'" Why does Amir have to hurry?

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  28. If the person that they were throwing stones at was someone Amir knew would Amir do something or just hide and watch.

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    1. He would of had to watch or else he gets killed and besides Amir isn't know for stepping in on a conflict.

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    2. I think he would just watch because he would get killed and he was on a different mission.

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    3. I don't think he would do anything because he doesn't want to risk his life and run into the chance of dying.

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    4. I think he would run because that is his instinct.

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    5. If his dad was alive and it was him would he then?

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  29. Who does Farid say are “the brains” of the Taliban?

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  30. Since no one likes the taliban do you think that any groups are being formed to fight them off and start a war with them.

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  31. I think he would hide and watch because of Amir's past with steeping in and helping but then again that past could motivate him to actually step in and help.

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  32. How did the Taliban take over Afghanistan, and who did they take it from?

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  33. I think that Taliban leader will have guards with him and will be very cautious.

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  34. The Taliban stoned the man in the women in public to display their power. In their eyes it is better to show the people what will happen if they disobey rather then let them find out for themselves. On page 357 Amir states, "I saw a dead body near the restaurant. Thre had been a hanging. A young man dangled from the end of a rope tied to a beam, his face puffy and blue, the clothes hed worn on the last day of his life shredded, bloddy." This quote clearly shows that the Taliban liked to make their punishments public, gory, and make sure they were somewhere where everyone would see.

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