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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.

Characters:

-Parvane (11 years old, 6th grade)
-Nooria (older sister)
-Maryam (5 years – younger sister)
-Mother
-Father
-Ali (2years – younger brother)

Vocabulary

Chapter 1 vocabulary
-Chador = a large piece of dark-colored cloth, typically worn by Muslim women, wrapped around the head and upper body to leave only the face exposed. Sentence: These women have to wear a chador.

--Marveled = a wonderful or astonishing person or thing: the marvels of technology | Charlie, you're a marvel! Sentence: That child is really marveled.

-Labyrinth = Anatomy a complex structure in the inner ear that contains the organs of hearing and balance. It consists of bony cavities (the bony labyrinth) filled with fluid and lined with sensitive membranes (the membranous labyrinth). Sentence: Going through a labyrinth is very hard and confusing.

-Relented = abandon or mitigate a harsh intention or cruel treatment: she was going to refuse his request, but relented. (Esp. of bad weather) become less severe or intense: by evening the rain Sentence: Your parents relented you when you were very young.

-Forbade = refuse to allow (something): environmental laws forbid alteration of the coast. See note at prohibit order (someone) not to do something: I was forbidden from leaving Russia | [trans.] my doctor has forbidden me to eat sugar. Sentence: She forbade you to wear that.

-Decreed = an official order issued by a legal authority.
Sentence: Mr. President issued a decreed that we are not to deal with any of those matters.

-Scampered = (esp. of a small animal or child) run with quick light steps, esp. through fear or excitement Sentence: She scampered along the road.

-Burqa = a long, loose garment covering the whole body, worn in public by many Muslim women. Sentence: The Taliban requests all women wearing a burqa.

How has Parvanas life changed since the Taliban took control?

She lost everything. First when the bombing began she couldn’t go to school anymore because all females were required to stay inside their house. At first she actually liked it but then when she realized the consequences she started understanding. As the war continued more bombs came and one hit their home. It was a nice house with many rooms and her father had a good job and with that nice income. But this first bomb destroyed everything they had to move and but the worst her father lost his legs.

As they kept moving their housing began to shrink every time they had a smaller house until now they only have 1 room in a half destroyed apartment. This doesn’t give anyone of her family any privacy so they have a tuff time with that. Also her father now since he can read and write works on the marked and reads letters for money. Also they sell their family belongings. Parvana actually gets a chance to go outside because she has to help her dad walk since he also sold his fake legs. When the Taliban see her, her father always finds a good excuse so nothing really happens.

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?

The Taliban who at that stage rule the country don’t allow any female to be outside their house except if they wear a burqa and have a male guardian. They are only allowed to show their hair and face to close relatives. Parvana can only come outside on the marked because her father needs help to walk and since he...
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