I have a take-home worksheet and I don't understand how my teacher worded the questions.  I need help understanding them.  1. why is the "apple" so significant to jonas?2. what is...

I have a take-home worksheet and I don't understand how my teacher worded the questions.  I need help understanding them. 

1. why is the "apple" so significant to jonas?

2. what is the "frightening event" that occurs at the beginning of the story, and why is this particular plane unusual?

3. when Gabe first arrives at Jonas' home, what is the "significant" feature of the child that lily first notices, and why is it "rude" that she notes this?

4. how does jonas feel about having to bathe the elderly?

5. why do you think asher shares the story about the 12 year old who wanted to be an engineer but was assigned to be a sanitation Laborer instead? and how does jonas react to the story?

6.list at lease 5 things in people's lives that are controlled by the society?

7. why does jonas' mother chastise him when he is talking with lily about his possible assignment as a pilot?

8. why does jonas' mother chastise lily when she says that she would like to be assigned a birthmother?

9. why is jonas' mother, who work for the department of justice, upset becasue a man has been brought before her for the secound time?

10. what is ashers personality?

11. what is jonas' fathers personality?

12. what is a replacement child? how does a couple obtain one?

Expert Answers
linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The teacher in me wonders if you're wanting the answers without having read the book, but I'll trust that you really need help. Here are answers to a few of your questions:

1. The apple is significant because Jonas begins to see color, an ability that has been suppressed in his society.

6. Five things in people's lives that are controlled: (1) occupation, (2) choice of marriage partner, (3) choice of children and their names. Now you find two more.

8. Lily is chastised for wanting to be a birthmother because that is considered one of the lowest jobs in the society. Once the woman has given birth three times, she becomes a Laborer until old age. 

10. Asher is very cheerful.

12. A replacement child is exactly that--a replacement for a child that has been "lost" through death or being released. Remember Caleb, the little boy who drowned; his family was given another baby boy named Caleb in his place.

I hope this is a good start for you and helps with answering the rest of your questions. Now, enjoy reading the book!

 

sullymonster eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Responses to questions are limited by size on the enotes q and a board.  I'll be unable to address the entire worksheet for you in the space provided.  You should post your questions separately so that you can receive the fullest response possible.

Let me take the first couple of questions and try to reword them for you so that you can answer them.

1. Why is the apple important to Jonas?  Why does he notice it so much?

2. At the beginning of the story, what happens that people find unusual.  Why is this things unusual?

3. What does Lily notice about Gabe when he arrives?  Why is it rude that she notices it?