Guided Reading Questions: Hotel Rwanda
1. What kind of person does Paul initially appear to be to viewers?
- Paul appears to be a very kind hearted and helpful person. He an
optimistic person, likes to see the good side of some of the worst
2. What event seems to precipitate the genocide?
- While Paul is driving home, he sees many houses being burned
down, the power throughout the town is out, and the president
was murdered.
3. Why does the UN Colonel refuse to take action or to take the hotel`s
- The UN Colonel told Paul that the refugee camps they already
have are hectic and the UN is there to be peacekeepers not
4. What are Paul’s initial expectations of a Western response to Rwanda’s
- Paul’s initial expectation of the Western response was for them to
help the Rwandan people, not just leave them hanging.
5. Why does the UN withdraw its forces and the Non-Rwandan inhabitants?
- The UN colonel called in France to help the Rwandan people.
When the French solders got there, their only thoughts were to
get all of the foreigners out of Rwanda; they were never going to
help the Africans. So the colonel decided there was nothing more
the UN could do.
6. Explain the UN Colonel`s disturbing comments on the UN`s decision to not
intervene. What do you think he means when he tells Paul, “You’re not
even a nigger.”
- The UN colonel thinks that Paul should be furious with him about
what the UN and French are doing and how the UN refuses to
- What the UN colonel meant when he said, “you’re not even a
nigger.” Is that Paul isn’t even worthy enough to be called that,
he’s just an African.
7. Who is George Rutaganda? How does he respond to Paul’s question about
the Hutu`s plan?
- George Rutaganda is the leader of the Hutu militia.
- George was in disgust of how Paul believed that the Hutus couldn’t
kill all of the Tutsis.
8. Describe your reaction to the scene immediately after Paul’s meeting with
Rutaganda. Why do you think the filmmakers decided to film the genocide
this way?
- I was very surprised to see how many people the Hutus have killed in
such a small amount of time.
- The filmmakers should this scene to show the viewer’s exactly how
many people were actually killed in this genocide.
9. Recall the convoy of Rwandans who have obtained visas to leave. What are
your thoughts between the conflict between Tatiana and Paul after he
decides to stay?
- The Rwandans who got the convoy were extremely happy and felt
very blessed to get it.
- I think Paul should care more about his family than the guests in his
hotel. He should have stayed with his family.
10. How is Paul able to convince General Bizmungu into helping him at the
end? What does this say about the outcome of the war might have ended
- Paul tells General Bizmungu that he will tell a war crimes general that
he isn’t bad.
- If Paul didn’t convince the general to help them, everyone would
have had a strong chance of dying.
11. To what degree do we witness the Rwandan genocide in the film?
- You get to see people being killed and how many were murdered and
how it affected the families.
12. How, in general, are Rwandans represented by the film? Compare these
representations to the WWll-era?
- The Hutus show not mercy to the Tutsis and Rwanda is very selfunprotected; it is very similar to WWll because people are getting
killed for minor differences by their own peers.
13. How does the film represent the conflict between Hutus and Tutsis?
- This film represent the conflict with the Hutus and Tutsis by showing
all of the Hutu people in the street killing the Tutsis and shows the
hidden conflict between Paul and George since Paul’s family is Tutsi.
14. How do you account for the genocide which occurred in light of this

Guided Reading Questions: Hotel Rwanda