Discussion – Chapters 4,5,6 “Ten…Nine…Eight…Seven…Six…Five…Four…Three…Two…One…LAUNCH!” "Isolate him enough that he remains creative - otherwise he adopt the system and we'll lose him" (Card, p.27). How many kids made it into Battle school this year? What are some of the other clues Battle school is important to the entire planet? Does that help explain why it is such a big deal? “He did not know its significance at the time. Later he would remember that it was even before he left Earth that he thought of it as a planet, like any other, not particularly his own” (Card, p. 30). How does Graff isolate Ender from the moment he steps on the Launch? What pattern do you see emerging? Find the allusion(s) on page 34. “We need a Napoleon. An Alexander. Except Napoleon lost in the end, and Alexander flamed out and died young. We need a Julius Caesar.” “Human beings are free, except when humanity needs them…We might both do despicable things, Ender, but if humankind survives, then we were good tools “ (Card, p. 35). What kinds of “Games” are being played at Battle School? N.B.: there are a lot! What’s a “Launchie?” What does “icing-out” mean? Why is Ender’s name suddenly interesting? What does Ender learn from Mick? What’s a “holo?” Why are “Heroes” not expected to feel homesick? What exactly are “Heroes” supposed to be like? "He can have friends. It's parents he can't have" (Card, p. 38). Why does Graff do this? Why does he want Ender to grow up without role models? Parents? What do they do for their kids: The Giant’s Drink At the very beginning, who is talking? “It’s an order. Hold him where he is until we see how he handles things with his launch group. Graff, you give me ulcers” (Card, p.55). "That launch is sick, and [Ender] is the source of the disease" (Card, p.55). What is the Battle room? What happens between Ender and Alai? Why was Alai chosen as the “leader” of the launchies? What does Ender learn about leadership from watching Alai? What do think is going on with the game The Giant’s Drink? Who was Pinaul? What effect does the game have on Ender? How does the game teach the soldiers about choice?