The Kite Runner

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Baba As Benefactor


Which of the following passages BEST express the role of Baba as a benefactor to his community?

Select ALL that apply.


“It was in the late 1960s, when I was five or six, Baba decided to build an orphanage. ...Rahim Khan told me Baba had personally funded the entire project, paying for the engineers, electricians, plumbers, and laborers, not to mention the city officials whose ‘mustaches needed oiling’” (13).


“Everyone agreed that my father, my Baba, had built the most beautiful house in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, a new and affluent neighborhood in the northern part of Kabul. Some thought it was the prettiest house in all of Kabul” (4).


“Baba gave me two presents. One was sure to become the envy of every kid in the neighborhood: a brand new Schwinn Stingray, the king of all bicycles. Only a handful of kids in all of Kabul owned a new Stingray and now I was one of them” (101). ​


“Lore has it my father once wrestled a black bear in Baluchistan with his bare hands. If the story had been about anyone else, it would have been dismissed as laaf, that Afghan tendency to exaggerate -- sadly, almost a national affliction … but no one ever doubted the veracity of any story about Baba” (12).​


“The night before the big party Baba’s friend Del-Muhammed, who owned a kabob house in Shar-e-Nau, came to the house with his bags of spices. Like the butcher, Del-Muhammad -- or Dello, as Baba called him -- refused payment for his services. He said Baba had done enough for his family already. ...Baba had lent Dello the money to open his restaurant. Baba had refused repayment until Dello had shown up one day in our driveway in a Benz and insisted he wouldn’t leave until Baba took his money” (94).