The Whale Rider Chapter 1-6 Questions and answers:
1. Chapter 1 begins in myth and myths explain what was once unexplainable to a people. What does the myth of the whale rider explain to the Maori people?
| * how they were created * how the Maori people got there * people came to the island * whale rider came and how he has helped with the spear
| 2. Chapter 2 gives us the point of view of the whales. The bull whale remembers his master, the "golden man." Do you think that the whale is as old as the myth, or do you think that the whale draws on the collective memory of his culture? Or, do you have another idea? Give your answer with reasons.
| * I think the whale is as old as the myth because the only way something could have that much facts on something like that is by experience * The whale must be as old as the myth because he can vividly tell the story about the man
| 3. Chapter 3 is about the birth of Kahu. Why is Koro upset that Kahu is a girl?
| * Kahu would be the first girl on his side of the family, therefore ending the male bloodline
| 4. What is the controversy about Kahu's name?
| * Kahu is named after Kahuita Te Rangi, the whale rider, and giving this male name to a girl is insulting
| 5. What could be the significance of the whale sounding when Nanny, Rawiri and the boys bury Kahu's birth cord?
| * The whale sounding is foreshadowing the help that was promised years ago * Shows how Kahu is connected to the very begging when the Maori people first came to the island and how she is going to be the new whale rider in the near future * The whale sounding when the birth cord is buried could symbolize Kahu becoming the next whale rider
| 6. How is Kahu different from typical babies in Chapter 4?
| * Typically the girls in the family would get their name from their mother tribe. But since Rehua felt sick she wanted to honor her husband by choosing a name from his people’s tribe and not hers
| 7. The first...
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