"Ender's Game," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-6

September 4, 2013
Ender is a young boy who also happens to be a tactical genius. "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card is the story of his gradual realization of his real role in the military's plans.

Learn these word lists for the novel: Chapters 1-6, Chapters 7-8, Chapters 9-10, Chapters 11-13, Chapters 14-15
The monitor lady smiled very nicely and tousled his hair and said, “Andrew, I suppose by now you’re just absolutely sick of having that horrid monitor.
He could feel his legs thrashing, and his hands were clenching each other, wringing each other so tightly that they arched.
He lurched to one side and fell off the examining table.
It gave him something to do while the teacher droned on about arithmetic.
So Ender walked to Stilson’s supine body and kicked him again, viciously, in the ribs.
Loud, but with real mirth, tears coming to his eyes.
Ender heard the hushing sound of the toilet clearing; then Peter stood silhouetted in the doorway.
“We’re willing to consider extenuating circumstances,” the officer said.
And so we requisitioned you.”
Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
Conscripts make good cannon fodder, but for officers we need volunteers.”
“Battle School is for training future starship captains and commodores of flotillas and admirals of the fleet.”
He changed his name, renounced his religion, and vowed never to have more than the allotted two children.
And you’re a badge of public shame, because at every step you interfere with their efforts at assimilation into normal complying society.”
Your parents resent you because of all the past they are trying to evade.”
And all the while, during the interview, Ender and the TV guy would slink along smoothly in front of the cameraman, taking long, lithe strides.
In your feeble little minds, haven’t you picked up one little fact?
The boy sitting next to Ender was scrupulously careful not to touch him.
Ender found the scanner, a sheet of opaque plastic.
No way it’ll be Tactical School for me.
Every time, though, he extricated himself and went back, perhaps to a different spot, to get a different angle on the game.
His accent made him exotic and interesting; his broken arm made him a martyr; his sadism made him a natural focus for all those who loved pain in others.
But a few chafed under Bernard’s rule.
There was a tumult of complaint that it wasn’t fair how Bernard and Alai had shot them all when they weren’t ready.
Not a choice between his own grisly death and an even worse murder.

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Monday February 23rd, 2:19 AM
Comment by: Cynthia W.
the quiz question for "tumult" could be wrong---wouldn't a boiling pot of water be more tumultuous than the aftermath of an earthquake. The occurance would be more but not the aftermath.
Monday May 11th, 12:20 PM
Comment by: Weeman (FL)
i am the first one yeah

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