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Code Talker
by Joseph Bruchac
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1.The last thing his uncle tells him before leaving Ned at the boarding school is "You will remember." What is it that Ned will/should remember?
2.When forbidden to speak the Navajo language at the boarding school, Ned says that it "was a good policy in one sense." In what sense does he mean?
3.Ned talks about "going to fight as warriors for the same United States that had treated our ancestors so cruelly." What had the U.S. done to the Navajos? Why does Ned want to fight for the United States?
4.How does Ned feel about war? Do his feelings change as the book goes on?
5.What is the significance of the stockpiled canned goods that the Marines find in Japanese bunkers?
6.Ned says, "I had many friends," "too many friends" in the Marines. What does he mean "too many"?
7.Do you think you'd have been able to keep it a secret about what you did during the war as long as Ned and the other Navajos did?
8.What were some of the advantages Ned found that Navajos had over everybody else in the Marines?
9.What are kamikaze attacks? What is the story behind the name "kamikaze"?
10.How does Ned get his name?
11.Ned mentions that the Japanese army did not follow the "rules of modern warfare." How so?
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