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T he Breadwinner

Deborah Ellis
Novel Study Guide
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Name:
The Breadwinner
The Breadwinner, by Deborah
Ellis is the story of Parvana, a
young girl growing up in war-
torn Afghanistan. Afghanistan is
a small country in Asia whose
mostly Muslim population was
ruled since September of 1996 by
a fundamentalist group called the
Taliban.

Rule under the Taliban was very


oppressive, especially for women.
In the capital city of Kabul, women
were not allowed on the streets
without a male escort. Women
were also required to be covered
from head to toe in large cloths
called burquas. It is under these
conditions that Parvana and her
family must survive.
In October of 2002, United States
forces attacked the Taliban because
of their ties to the terror network of
Osama Bin Laden. While a new
government now rules Afghanistan,
much of the country has already
been destroyed by bombing and
war. Many countries are now
helping to rebuild the war-torn
country.
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About The Breadwinner
"Imagine living in a country in which women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to
wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go
out. This is life in Afghanistan, where the Taliban, members of an extreme religious
group, run most of the country."

That's the publisher's blurb on an extraordinary novel for young adults by Canadian
author Deborah Ellis. The book is The Breadwinner and was first published in fall, 2000.
It now is available in paperback. Dedicated "To the children of war," the book is even
more painfully relevant after the terrorist attacks of September and the US bombing in
Afghanistan.

The novel unfolds quickly, Parvana "wasn't really supposed to be outside at all," Ellis
writes on the first page. "The Taliban had ordered all the girls and women in
Afghanistan to stay inside their homes. They even forbade girls to go to school. Parvana
had had to leave her sixth grade class, and her sister Nooria was not allowed to go to her
high school. Their mother had been kicked out of her job as a writer for a Kabul radio
station. For more than a year now, they had all been stuck inside one room, along with
five year-old Maryam and two year old Ali." I can imagine many families reading this
passionate book out loud together, stopping every so often to talk about the choices faced by the family in this story.

A long-time worker for peace and women's issues, Ellis wrote her book after trips to Afghan refugee camps in Russia and
Pakistan. During one of her visits she met the mother and sister of a girl who had lived in Kabul much like Parvana. The
girl was one of many who cut her hair and dressed as a boy in order to move freely in the Afghan marketplace.

Ellis writes, "For most of Parvana's life, the city had been in ruins, and it was hard for her to imagine it another way. It hurt
her to hear stories of old Kabul before the bombing. She didn't want to think about everything the bombs had taken away,
including her father's health and their beautiful home. It made her angry, and since she could do nothing with her anger, it
made her sad."

Afghani females were forced to live behind black-painted windows, required to dress in
full-length burquas, and could only venture outside when accompanied by a male. Still, the
women in this novel manage strategies for survival. They take care of each other, at one
point Parvana's best friend says, "We will still go hungry. My family still argues all the
time. Nothing is better."
"What's the answer?" Parvana asked.
"Maybe somebody should drop a big bomb on the country and start again."
"They've tried that," Parvana said. "It only makes things worse."

Royalties from sales of The Breadwinner will be donated to Women for Women in
Afghanistan, a grass-roots organization founded by the author that works toward the
education of Afghan girls in refugee camps in Pakistan.

1. The author uses the quote in the first paragraph to describe…


a) how women dress in Afghanistan
b) how the Taliban came to power
c) how horribly women are treated in Afghanistan
d) who the Taliban are

2. The second paragraph describes the book as being very powerful because…
a) it is dedicated to the children of war
b) it is about people dying in Afghanistan
c) it relates to September 11th and the bombing of Afghanistan
d) it is made for young adults

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3. From the statement in paragraph three, “I can imagine many families reading this passionate book out loud
together, stopping every so often to talk about the choices faced by the family in this story,” you can infer
that the book is about…
a) choices
b) war
c) Afghanistan
d) emotion

4. How did the author’s life experience effect the writing of


the book…
a) she is from Afghanistan
b) she visited many Afghan refugee camps
c) her daughter is named Parvana
d) she visited Kabul during the bombings

5. In paragraph five, Parvana is using this literary technique…


a) exposition
b) comparison
c) metaphor
d) informational writing

6. In the space below, describe how you would feel as a woman living in Afghanistan. Use information
from the text to build your response…

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T he Breadwinner
Deborah Ellis
Novel Study Guide
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PART 1
Chapters 1 - 5
The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter One (pgs. 7-18)
Important Vocabulary-
Chador- a scarf worn around the head of many Afghan women (pg. 7)
Taliban- a fundamentalist group that gained political control of Afghanistan in 1996 (pg. 7)
Peddlers- market vendors who try and sell things (pg. 10)
Relented- to give in (pg. 16)
Burqas- a garment used to cover the bodies of Afghan women (pg. 17)

In this box, track some of the changes that occurred in Afghanistan before and after control by the Taliban…

Before Control By The Taliban After Control By The Taliban


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4. What is the job of Parvana’s father? _________________________________________________________

5. What does Parvana do in the marketplace? _____________________________________________________

6. What is the view of Paravana’s father towards education? Why do you think he has these views?

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Imagine Kabul, before and after the war…here are some images that show you the destruction in this city

7. Describe what Kabul was like after the war. Use Ellis’s description at the bottom of page 16…

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The Breadwinner :
A STUDY GUIDE
How to use the study guide:
• Read the questions for each chapter BEFORE you read the novel.
• Look for the answers as you read making sure to highlight the passages in the
novel that assist you in answering the study guide questions.
• Highlight in your text any quotations noted in the study guide.
• Respond to the study guide questions in COMPLETE SENTENCES. You
should write at least two-three thoughtful sentences for each question.

CHAPTER ONE (p.7-18)

1. Why does Parvana have to hide her face and voice when she goes to the
marketplace with her father? What will happen if she doesn’t?
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2. How old is Parvana? How is age significant for a girl living in a society governed
by the Taliban?
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3. How does Parvana initially feel about not being able to go to school? What does
Nooria understand about this situation that Parvana does not?
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4. How does Parvana’s father currently make a living for the family? Why has he
chosen this as his occupation?
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5. Describe the living conditions Parvana and her family currently exist in. Compare
them to the family’s previous living situation.
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6. What is the Taliban? Describe the restrictions they place on the people of Kabul.
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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

Use the space below to create a colour drawing of a specific moment or BIG IDEA in the chapter you have just read from the
novel “The Breadwinner”. Begin by first listing all of your ideas related to the chapter your drawing will be based on by using
the “Brainstorm Space” on the reverse side of this page. Be sure to capture the moment in the book to the best of your ability, to
give your scene a Title and to include this in your Language duotang when complete.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

BRAINSTORM SPACE

CHAPTER #:

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Two (pgs. 19-33)
Important Vocabulary-
Toshak- a cot or bed (pg. 19)
Lavatory- a bathroom (pg. 22)
Shalwar Kameez- a dressy robe used by Afghan women only for nice occasions (pg. 24)
Nan- flat bread eaten by Afghans at nearly every meal (pg. 26)

What events occur in the reading to show that Parvana has many household responsibilities?
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2. ___________________________________________________________________________________________
3. At the bottom of page 22 there is a description of the room where Parvana and her family live. Using that
description, draw the room in the space below. Make sure to use the elements from the box to the right.

a. lavatory
b. platform toilet
c. cook stove
d. vent
e. water tank
f. wash basin

4. In the box below, describe the relationship between Parvana and her sister… (look at the bottom of page 24
for a verbal exchange between the two)

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5. What happened to Parvana’s oldest brother Hossain? (pg. 25) ________________________________


6. What is a Malali? (pgs. 28-30) ____________________________________________________________
7. On page 32, the author writes, “They were kept hidden because the Taliban burned books
they didn’t like,” why would the Taliban want to do this…

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CHAPTER TWO (p. 19-33)

1. Explain the mixed emotions Parvana feels about carrying water for her family.

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2. Explain who Hossain is.

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3. “’How can we be brave?’ Nooria asked. ‘We can’t even go outside.’


‘There are many types of battles,’ Father said quietly.’” (29)

Explain what Father means in the above quotes. How does he want his daughters to
be brave?

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4. “As the soldiers pried her loose, she heard her father say, ‘Take care of the
others, my Malali.’ Then he was gone.” (31)

Who is Malali? Why does Parvana’s father call her that and ask her to care for the
others?

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5. “Father’s books! …Some were English books about history and literature.
They were kept hidden because the Taliban burned books they didn’t like.”
(32)

What does this quote explain about the Taliban and the difficult position Parvana’s
father would have been in once they took power in Afghanistan?

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6. Why do you believe the Taliban took Parvana’s father away?

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

Use the space below to create a colour drawing of a specific moment or BIG IDEA in the chapter you have just read from the
novel “The Breadwinner”. Begin by first listing all of your ideas related to the chapter your drawing will be based on by using
the “Brainstorm Space” on the reverse side of this page. Be sure to capture the moment in the book to the best of your ability, to
give your scene a Title and to include this in your Language duotang when complete.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

BRAINSTORM SPACE

CHAPTER #:

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Three (pgs. 34-43)
Important Vocabulary-
Militia- members of the army (pg. 40)
Billowing- blowing in the wind (pg. 39)

In the spaces below, list off three things the Taliban required of Afghan citizens that seem very extreme…
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In the space below, sketch the scene on pages 40-41 of the prison as Parvana and her family approached…

4. In the space below, describe what you think of the decision by Parvana’s mother to approach the prison, what
other options do you think were available…

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CHAPTER THREE (p. 34-43)

1. List the ways the Taliban restricts the movement, dress and behavior of women and
girls as noted in the novel thus far.

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2. Why was the act of Parvana and her mother traveling to the prison to find Father
such a difficult one?

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3. How do Parvana and her mother attempt to get her father out of prison and what is
the result?

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4. “Helping Mother down the broken stairs was a little like helping Father, as the
billowing burqa made it hard for her to see where she was going.” (39)

What does this passage imply about the impact of a burqa on the movement and
daily activity of a woman? Why would the Taliban desire such an impact?

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

Use the space below to create a colour drawing of a specific moment or BIG IDEA in the chapter you have just read from the
novel “The Breadwinner”. Begin by first listing all of your ideas related to the chapter your drawing will be based on by using
the “Brainstorm Space” on the reverse side of this page. Be sure to capture the moment in the book to the best of your ability, to
give your scene a Title and to include this in your Language duotang when complete.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

BRAINSTORM SPACE

CHAPTER #:

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Four (pgs. 44-54)
Important Vocabulary-
Sobs- crying (pg. 46)
Waddling- walking while teetering back and forth (pg. 49)

1. Before control of Afghanistan was in the hands of the Taliban Parvana’s mother had this job… ______________
2. On page 45, Parvana’s father makes the statement, “We are Afghans. This is our home. If all the educated
people leave, who will rebuild the country?” If you were put in this situation and could choose to leave and be
safe or risk your life to protect your country, what would you do? Answer in the space given below.

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3. Why do you think mother is just lying there? Explain in the space given below.

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4. What runs out on the fourth day? (pg. 51) __________________________________


5. Parvana is given the charge of getting food for the family, make a prediction, what do you think will happen
as she tries to get the food.

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6. The title of the book is ‘The Breadwinner’, look in the dictionary


and describe what a breadwinner is…

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CHAPTER FOUR (p. 44-53)

1. “’If we had left Afghanistan when we had the chance, I could be doing my
work!’

‘We are Afghans. This is our home. If all the educated people leave, who will
rebuild the country?’” (45)

Parvana says this is an argument her parents frequently have. Explain her
mother’s side of the argument and her father’s side of the argument. Why is
their’s such a difficult position to be in?

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2. Why is Parvana the only member of the family who can go out and purchase food
while her father is in prison?

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3. “Now I’ve got her, Parvana thought. I can make her as miserable as she
makes me. But she was surprised to find that this thought gave her no
pleasure. Maybe she was too tired and too hungry. Instead of turning her
back, she took the money from her sister’s hand (53).

This quotation points to the ongoing conflict between the sisters. Explain why
Parvana initially thinks she will be able to make Nooria miserable.

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Discuss why you believe that thought does not give Parvana any pleasure.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

Use the space below to create a colour drawing of a specific moment or BIG IDEA in the chapter you have just read from the
novel “The Breadwinner”. Begin by first listing all of your ideas related to the chapter your drawing will be based on by using
the “Brainstorm Space” on the reverse side of this page. Be sure to capture the moment in the book to the best of your ability, to
give your scene a Title and to include this in your Language duotang when complete.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

BRAINSTORM SPACE

CHAPTER #:

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Five (pgs. 54-62)
Important Vocabulary-
Eternity- forever (pg. 61)

1. The name given for bread that Parvana buys in the market is… ______________
2. In the space below, explain why Parvana should be afraid about her trip to the marketplace.

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3. Who does Parvana run into after being chased by the Taliban? _____________________________________
4. In the box below, characterize some of the features of Mrs. Weera…

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5. In the last sentence on page 62, you hear Mrs Weera saying, “I guess we’ll have to think of something else.”
Now you make a prediction, what is the something else she might be talking about.

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CHAPTER FIVE (p. 54-62)

1. Parvana begins to change once her father has been put in prison. Characterize the
change that begins to occur in Parvana. What does she do that shows this change
and explain why she is changing.

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2. Who is Mrs. Weera and why is her visit to Parvana’s family so important?

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

Use the space below to create a colour drawing of a specific moment or BIG IDEA in the chapter you have just read from the
novel “The Breadwinner”. Begin by first listing all of your ideas related to the chapter your drawing will be based on by using
the “Brainstorm Space” on the reverse side of this page. Be sure to capture the moment in the book to the best of your ability, to
give your scene a Title and to include this in your Language duotang when complete.

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The Breadwinner Unit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Chapter Scenes
Chapter: Scene Title:!

BRAINSTORM SPACE

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T he Breadwinner
Deborah Ellis
Novel Study Guide
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PART 2
Chapters 6 - 15
The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Six (pgs. 63-73)
Important Vocabulary-
Idle- to be still or remain unused (pg. 64)
Waddling- walking while teetering back and forth (pg. 49)

1. What will they do to allow Parvana to walk freely around the market? __________________________________
2. How would you feel if you were told to dress as the opposite gender? What if the
lives of your family members depended on it? Would you do it? Explain in the box
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3. How would you describe the relationship between Nooria and Parvana? Explain in the space given below.

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4. Why is Parvana’s mother still sad?

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CHAPTER SIX (p. 63-73)

1. “They were going to turn her into a boy” (63). Explain the plan Mrs. Weera
and the family come up with. Why must Parvana make the final decision if the
plan was to work.

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2. When Parvana goes out in the street dressed as a boy she feels different.
Explain the difference in her feelings and why this is so.

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3. The important characters in The Breadwinner are…(list five and a brief


description of each)

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Seven (pgs. 74-82)
Important Vocabulary-
Labyrinth- a maze (pg. 81)
Decree- an issued statement, a rule to be followed (pg. 75)

1. How is Parvana going to earn money in the market? __________________________________


2. What reason does Parvana give for choosing the same selling location in the market?

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3. In the space below, describe why Parvana’s interaction with the Taliban soldier is so impacting. Why is this
event so important in the book?

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4. What item does Parvana sell by bargaining towards a higher price? ___________________________________
5. Make a prediction, what do you think the shining light was coming from the window above Parvana’s selling
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CHAPTER SEVEN (p. 74-82)
1. Parvana reads a letter for a Talib. What is surprising about his reaction to the
letter? Why?

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Eight (pgs. 83-94)
Important Vocabulary-
Karachi- a cart (pg. 85)

1. What are mother and Mrs. Weera going to do together? __________________________________


2. In the space below, describe why the decision to start a magazine could be very dangerous?

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2. What three things does Mrs. Weera say killed off most of her family (pg. 85)

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3. What did Ms. Weera win her medals for? _____________________________________________


4. In the box below, explain why Maryam is so excited about the thought of going to get water with Parvana.

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5. How will Parvana get her mother and sisters out of the house more?

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6. Who does Parvana think she sees in the market? ___________________________


7. What two items does Parvana find on her blanket in the marketplace?

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CHAPTER EIGHT (p. 83-94)
1. Why does Mrs. Weera move in with Parvana and her family?

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2. What excellent idea does Parvana have regarding her freedom as a boy and how
she can help her mother and sister? Why might Nooria object to the idea?

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3. What does Parvana discover about the blacked-out window? Make a prediction
about what might happen later in the novel in relation to the window.

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Nine (pgs. 95-103)
Important Vocabulary-
Distinguish- to recognize (pg. 95)
Apricots- dried out tangerines (pg. 96)

1.Who does Parvana meet in the market? __________________________________

2. What is Shauzia’s job? _______________________________________

3. What explanation does Shauzia give for why she doesn’t make much money as a tea
boy?

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4. How do the views of Shauzia’s family and Parvana’s family differ when it comes to education

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5. What is Ms. Weera planning on starting for the girls of Kabul? _____________________________________

6. What does the window woman who lives by Parvana’s selling spot throw down to her? ___________________

7. Make a prediction, what do you think Shauzia’s crazy idea is to earn a lot of money?

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CHAPTER NINE (p. 95-103)

1. Describe the conditions of Shauzia’s life (family, work, home). Why might it be
helpful to Parvana to know about the difficulties of another girl her age?

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2. In this chapter, plans for the magazine and a school for girls begin to develop. What
are the plans and why are such conversations so important for Parvana, Mother, Mrs.
Weera and Nooria?

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The Breadwinner- Novel Guide/Chapter Ten (pgs. 104-113)
Important Vocabulary-
Stench- a foul smell (pg. 105)
Broker- a person whose job it is to buy, sell, and trade (pg. 105)

1. What is Shauzia’s plan for making a lot of money? ________________________________________________

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2. Describe the area that Shauzia and Parvana go to dig up the bones (pgs. 104-105)?

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3. Parvana and Shauzia are paid money to dig up the bones of people killed in
the war. They need this money to live and feed their family. Is this
something you would do if you were in the same situation, explain?

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4. How much money do the girls make selling the bones? _____________________________________________

5. Why do the girls decide not to give the full amount of money they earned to their families?

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6. Make a prediction; what do you think the bone broker uses the bones for?

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CHAPTER TEN (p. 104-113)

1. What do the girls decide to do to make more money? Why do you think Parvana has
trouble morally with the idea of this money-making scheme?

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2. When Parvana has to go to the bathroom in the middle of the day, she is very scared.
Explain why. What would you have done in her place?

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CHAPTER ELEVEN (p. 114-122)
1. Why does Parvana cry when she returns from the graveyard? Is she being
immature?

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2. Why does Parvana want to continue digging up bones?

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3. What gift drops on Parvana’s head in this chapter?

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4. Why does Parvana feel that arguing with Nooria just doesn’t make sense any
more?

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5. Parvana can’t stand to eat her nan at lunch and gives it to a beggar instead.
What does this action reveal about Parvana? What does she recognize about
food in their society?

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6. The girls decide to go sell their goods at a soccer match. When they get to the
stadium, they see something very different from a soccer match going on. What
do they witness?

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CHAPTER TWELVE (p. 123-134)

1. Mother’s reaction to the events at the soccer stadium are “What century are we
living in?” (123). What does she mean when she says this?

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2. “No one said anything to Parvana when the bread ran out, but she got up
and went to work that day anyway. Some things just had to be done” (124).
What does this passage reveal about Parvana, especially in comparison to her
behavior at the beginning of the novel?

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3. Shauzia tells Parvana she has a plan to leave. Parvana wonders how she can leave
her family. What do both girls struggle with at the prospect of fleeing
Afghanistan? Why does Shauzia feel like a bad person?

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4. Parvana’s sense of what is “normal” has changed. Explain this change.

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5. Explain how Nooria and Mrs. Weera starting the school for girls is a form of
resistance against the Taliban.

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN (p. 135-143)

1. Why does Nooria decide to marry a man she hardly knows? What will the
benefits of the union be?

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2. Parvana refuses to go to Mazar for the wedding yet she sulks when her mother
decides not to take Parvana with her. Explain why Parvana might feel such
mixed emotions.

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3. As Nooria leaves, Parvana teases her. A change in their relationship is evident.


Explain how things used to be and how they are now as the two sisters
anticipate being separated. Why do you believe this change has come about?

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CHAPTER FOURTEEN (p. 144-154)

1. What kind and courageous act does Parvana carry out in this chapter?

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2. Describe what the Kabul of the past was like.

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3. Why does Parvana think of herself as “Malali leading the troops through enemy
territory?” (148).

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4. What terrible news does Parvana receive once Homa has rested, eaten and is able
to speak? Why would she not have heard about this before?

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5. How does Parvana respond to this news? Why do you think she deals with the
situation this way?

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CHAPTER FIFTEEN (p. 155-166)
1. Parvana begins to feel better in this chapter. What is the source of her new
sense of purpose and hope?

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2. Shauzia wants desperately to leave Afghanistan. What is Parvana’s reaction to


this desire? What is Mrs. Weera’s response to Parvana’s request that Shauzia
go with her to Pakistan?

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3. Why does Parvana plant flowers in the spot where she usually sells in the
marketplace?

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4. The flowers draw the attention of many people. What might the flowers be a
symbol of in the novel?

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5. The future is uncertain for Shauzia and Parvana but the make a plan to see each
other in twenty years. What is the plan and what does Parvana wonder about as
she departs from Kabul?

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Compare Parvana’s current lifestyle with your current lifestyle in the following
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Daily Activities Education Surroundings


You

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