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Hosseini chose to make frequent and significant allusion to the Persian epic the Shahnamah, which tells, among other stories, the adventures of Rostam and Sohrab.

Which of the following details from the story of Rostam and Sohrab help to explain the choice to include it in The Kite Runner?

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Rostam discovers only after he has mortally wounded him that Sohrab is his own son.


Rostam lives in regret at having killed his own son.


Sohrab has several chances to kill Rostam but chooses to spare him instead.


Rostam lies to and manipulates Sohrab in order to gain a deadly advantage over him.


Sohrab’s mother gives him a jeweled bracelet so he can identify his true father.

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