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Ender’s Game Quizzes (comprehension questions)

    Ender's Game Comprehension questions featured

    Orson Scott Card’s sci-fi classic Ender’s Game captivates the imaginations of kids of all ages. Nevertheless, some readers need a nudge to read faithfully.  Here are some Ender’s Game quizzes to motivate readers and check comprehension.

    NOTE: If you are looking for one set of Ender’s Game comprehension questions for the entire novel, check out Ender’s Game Reading Test.

    Ender’s Game Quiz 1

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    Ender’s Game Quiz #1 (PDF)

    “I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

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    Ender’s Game Quizzes Schedule:

    This schedule divides the novel into 5 approximately equal readings.  10 multiple-choice Ender’s Game comprehension questions accompany each reading.

    • Reading 1: Chapters 1-6

    • Reading 2: Chapters 7-8

    • Reading 3: Chapters 9-11

    • Reading 4: Chapters 12-13

    • Reading 5: Chapters 14-15

    Ender’s Game Quizzes (PDF and DOCX)

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    Using Ender’s Game comprehension questions

    Motivating your child to read

    Nothing increases reading levels like habitual reading.  If you are a parent trying to motivate your child to read independently, comprehension checks are invaluable.  Ender’s Game Quizzes give you an easy, practical method.

    Preparing students for lessons

    Whether your lesson focuses on genre, characterization, symbolism, or style, students must be prepared for meaningful discourse.  Students find reading more palatable when they are rewarded for their efforts.  A brief quiz prior to the lesson ensures that the session will be productive.

    Facilitating meaningful literature circles

    Ender’s Game is an excellent inclusion in your stable of lit. circle options.  It has certainly been a popular choice with my students.  Even though many students truly enjoy lit. circles, I find that participation falters in the absence of a reading quiz.

    Offering extra credit

    When students request extra credit, my mind hears “Can I glue a bunch of garbage to a piece of cardboard and skip all the learning?” Students gain more from reading a book.  Furthermore, when students realize that reading an entire novel is the extra credit option, they tend to complete the regular assignments.

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    Why should I waste instructional time giving reading quizzes?

    Motivate students

    It would be fantastic if all students read from intrinsic motivation, but this is unrealistic.  You can lecture on the importance of habitual reading until you are blue in the face, but students need to know that their efforts will be rewarded.

    Establish transparency and fairness

    Students are held accountable in a predictable and fair way.  The quizzes and the reading schedule are set, so students with different approaches and needs can prepare in a way that works for them.

    Quiz scores help you communicate with students, parents, and guardians.  If a student struggles with the first set of Ender’s Game comprehension questions, what interventions will help them succeed next time?

    Maximize instructional time

    When students have read the material, class time can be spent engaging with complex ideas, critical thinking, analysis, and thought-provoking discussions.  A few minutes spent on a quiz is a small price to pay.

    Eliminate superfluous grading

    Packets and handouts often result in dubious efforts. They also make your job unnecessarily cumbersome.  Processing large copy jobs and monitoring piles of questionable student work waste your valuable time. You can administer and score Ender’s Game quizzes quickly.

    Ensure academic honesty

    I have tried reading journals, reading questions, lit. circle role sheets, and the rest.  Packets and handouts generally result in minimal effort and/or academic dishonesty.  Any homeroom teacher has witnessed the pitiful spectacle of students frantically copying answers before the bell rings.

    “I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly-I’ll beat you unfairly first.”

    Ender’s Game questions Chapter 1 – Chapter 6

    1) Why must Ender go to the doctor at the beginning of the novel?

    • To have a brain implant removed.
    • To undergo psychiatric testing.
    • To receive mechanical eyes.
    • To meet his new baby sister.

    2) What do others call Andrew “Ender” Wiggin as an insult?

    • Zebroid
    • HAL-1000
    • Third
    • Offender

    3) Why does Stilson beat up Ender in the hallway after school?

    • Ender told on Stilson.
    • Ender keeps winning all the class assignments.
    • A girl in class likes Ender more than Stilson.
    • Trick question! Ender beats up Stilson.

    4) Which member of the Wiggin family is cruel and vicious?

    • Valentine
    • Peter
    • Ender’s Mother
    • Ender’s Father

    5) The telling of the narrative (story) is often interrupted by…

    • Discussions by military agents.
    • Daily news reports.
    • Excerpts from Ender’s diary.
    • Announcements from a loudspeaker.

    6) Colonel Graff tells Ender that in order to go to Battle School he must…

    • Become a killer.
    • Get Valentine to quit.
    • Convince his parents.
    • Volunteer on his own.

    7) The government sends kids to Battle School because…

    • They can brainwash the kids and control the society.
    • The nations of the Earth are in constant war.
    • They are preparing for war against aliens.
    • They reduce the population by eliminating the weak.

    8) Who is the narrator telling the story of Ender’s Game?

    • An unknown being
    • Valentine Wiggin
    • Ender
    • An ancient history teacher

    9) Colonel Graff wants Ender to feel _____________ in Battle School.

    • Powerful
    • Loved
    • Uncontrollable anger
    • Lonely

    10) Ender hacks into the computer system at Battle School to

    • Change his scores.
    • Read his government records.
    • Pull a prank on a bully.
    • Trick question! He fails to hack into the system.

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