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Assignments are made by selection of a committee that carefully reviews personalities and volunteer work.
In the community, children are given the assignments they will have as adults when they are twelve years old.
It was a secret selection, made by the leaders of the community, the Committee of Elders, who took the responsibility so seriously that there were never even any jokes made about Assignments. (ch 2, p. 15)
The children do volunteer work in the years leading up to the assignments, and the committee members watch them at school as well. They try to see which personalities work best with which jobs, so that they assign a person who will enjoy the job and be a good fit.
It seems that people are generally happy with the assignment, and no one has ever complained or felt that a bad choice was made.
Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
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