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How many chapters are there in the book please somebody tell me, i left the book in school!!!

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is book number 2 of 4 in The Giver series and focuses on a new protagonist named Kira. The paperback version contains 256 pages that are divided into 23 chapters....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 2:28 pm UTC

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Does Jonas from the book The Giver appear in this book Gathering Blue, which is a sequel to The Giver?

The answer is both yes and no. Gathering Blue is set in a village that is very dissimilar to the community which Jonas leaves at the end of The Giver. Kira, the main character in Gathering Blue,...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2016 2:53 am UTC

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What are three character or personality traits for Kira, Thomas, and Matt in Gathering Blue?

Kira is brave and empathetic. For instance, she is shocked by how the villagers physically and psychologically harm one another. Furthermore, she does not agree with the way the Council manages its...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 11:05 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, what is an example of a simile and a metaphor? Also, what is the theme of the book?

In the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, one simile that is contained in chapter one is when Kira tells Matt she has watched her mother's spirit leave her body. She says: "My mother's spirit has...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 9:02 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, what did the Song of Ruin tell about and when can it be heard?  

The Ruin Song chronicles the history of people and life on earth from the beginning to the present. Because most people in Kira's society are illiterate, the Ruin Song is the way the culture...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 1:52 pm UTC

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What are the rules that govern the village that are unfair in Gathering Blue?

One of the most glaringly unfair rules of Kira's village is that only boys and men are allowed to learn to read and write. No explanation is given for such an arbitrary and sexist practice. Another...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 3:13 pm UTC

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What is the overall theme of Gathering Blue?

The rather insidious and disturbing theme that rears its ugly head in this book is one of control and the lengths that some people will go to in order to maintain that control. As the novel...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 8:39 pm UTC

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What is the message of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry? What is the message of Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry?

To me, the message is that a centrally controlled society is, by its very nature, unjust and destructive of the human spirit. This is a very consistent theme in Lowry's works. In this community,...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2011 2:49 pm UTC

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How does Kira dye the string in Gathering Blue, and what does she use to dye them?

All the dyes were natural based on the vegetation grown there. Our ancestors used the same process. Certain plants like onions produce a yellow color when they are boiled. The string would be...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2010 12:23 am UTC

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In Gathering Blue, why does Kira decide to remain in the village rather than leave to live with her father?

This is definitely an interesting question, because with the arrival of her father Kira has all the proof she needs that the Guardians whom she serves have probably killed her mother and definitely...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 7:01 pm UTC

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How does Gathering Blue relate to our world now? 

Authors use dystopian fiction to look at current society with a critical eye. In Gathering Blue, Kira's society reflects the possible outcome of human culture if some aspects of modern culture...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 6:01 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, when Kira first comes to Annabella's, what is Annabella doing?

The answer to this question can be found in chapter 8. Chapter 7 ends with Kira telling Matt that she wants to go visit Annabella. Chapter 8 begins with Matt saying that he will come with Kira...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2019 12:48 pm UTC

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What are important objects in Gathering Blue?

Lowry describes five significant objects in Gathering Blue. These objects are described in detail and/or are referenced multiple times. Each of them has a symbolic meaning as well as being...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 4:09 am UTC

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What were the items Matt rescued from Kira's dwelling before it burned?   

Kira, knowing her mother's cott might be burned while she was at the Field of Leaving, had managed to stash away some personal possessions in the clearing so they wouldn't be destroyed. Matt, Kira...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 3:48 am UTC

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Where is Matt from in Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry?

Matt lives in an area known as the Fen, which is a lower-class area equivalent to a slum in our culture. Kira lives in the village, and those who live in the Fen are closely associated with village...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 9:19 pm UTC

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Matt saves six items for Kira before her cott burns. What are those six items? 

When Kira is in the field to deal with the death of her mother, Kira's cott burns down. Matt, a young boy from town, is able to save a few items from the fire. It is not clear who set the fire in...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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What are some external conflicts Kira faces in Gathering Blue?

One great external conflict that Kira experiences occurs after her mother's death [man vs. nature]: As for Kira, she had no family, now. Nor any home. The cott she had shared with her mother had...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2014 8:36 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of "The Gathering" in Gathering Blue.

In Chapter Three of this excellent dystopian classic we are introduced to "The Gathering," which we are told happens once a year and is when the Singer, an important person in the community, sings...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2011 7:36 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, what are ten of the most important events that happened?

These kinds of questions are often best left to individual readers. There isn't a definitive list of ten items that all readers are going to agree with, but I do recommend including items on the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2019 1:04 pm UTC

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What are three traits of Kira in Gathering Blue? How can you prove each one with her actions, thoughts, and words?

In Lois Lowry's novel Gathering Blue, Kira has both intelligence and imagination, courage, and talent. 1. Imagination While her mother is alive, Kira tells the children creative stories that...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2017 9:38 pm UTC

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What are five character traits of Thomas in Gathering Blue?

Thomas the Carver lives in the Council Edifice with Kira. Like Kira, he was orphaned and taken in by the Council of Guardians because of his artistic abilities. Thomas can be described as friendly,...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 5:25 pm UTC

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What does Matt tell Kira about the difference between her village and the one Christopher is from in Gathering Blue?...

Matt tells Kira that in Christopher's village, "broken" people like herself can get married. Matt says that he saw a boy there about her age, and that, in his opinion, she could marry him if she...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2010 12:58 pm UTC

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How does Kira grow and change in the book Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry? 

I think Kira changes so much throughout the novel because of two reasons. First, she has to change and adapt in order to survive. The culture that Kira lives in does not take kindly to people...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2015 11:02 pm UTC

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What is the climax of the book, Gathering Blue?

The climax of a work of literature is defined as being the most emotionally tense point of the plot before the falling action and the final resolution. Arguably, there are potentially many...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 8:24 pm UTC

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What is an example of a hyperbole in the book Gathering Blue?

Well, hyperbole is just another word (a literary word, mind you) for exaggeration. It is pretty easy to find, both in this book and in others. However, please realize that it is an error to ask...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2015 8:44 pm UTC

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Who is Matt in "Gathering Blue"? no

Kira, the main character in the story, is an orphan and has a twisted leg. In this setting (future) those with any weaknesses are left to fend for themselves and/or to die. One of the friends...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2009 9:07 am UTC

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In Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry, how has the Ruin Song been distorted?

Gathering Blue takes place in a post-apocalyptic society that has been rebuilt without technology. Because most citizens of the society are illiterate, the community preserves its history orally...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 4:48 am UTC

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What is the significance of the robe and the annual song to the social stability of this society?  

The Robe and the Song are both historical stories that the Council shares with the people in their society. When Kira gets the job to repair and restore the robe, she realizes that it's one way the...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:12 pm UTC

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How does Kira go about solving her problems in Lowry's Gathering Blue?  (rising action)

Kira's first problem is one of survival. As she is both handicapped (she limps) and orphaned, she is excluded from the community. One woman even tries to force her to give up the small shelter...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2009 10:00 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, comment on Kira's scrap of cloth.

Kira's scrap of cloth is one of her earliest bits of work which was produced because of her incredible talent, that she was not aware of doing herself and her hands just produced as if by magic....

Latest answer posted April 29, 2011 8:45 pm UTC

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What is the conclusion of the Council over the accusations against Kira in Gathering Blue?

After Kira's mother dies, Vandara makes accusations against the girl, whose leg is twisted. Vandara, who wants the little section of land that Kira has accuses the girl of being unfit, eating too...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2014 2:12 am UTC

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What happened to the community in Gathering Blue?

Gathering Blue depicts a post-apocalyptic society. The exact form the apocalypse took remains cryptic in the novel, but as the story begins, the "civilization of the ancestors" had ended long ago....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 11:41 pm UTC

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How does the society in Gathering Blue maintain itself and control its citizens?

Gathering Blue is a novel written by Lois Lowry and is a companion piece to The Giver. Gathering Blue tells the story of Kira, the protagonist, who is an orphan with a deformed leg who must find a...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 9:29 pm UTC

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In the book Gathering Blue, why doesn't Kira leave with her father?

At the end of Gathering Blue, Kira is about to journey with her father to a different town called The Village of Healing. It would mean that Kira would have to leave everyone and everything behind,...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 3:45 pm UTC

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Why would the society in Gathering Blue be classified as dystopian?

A dystopian society is contrasted with a utopian one. In a utopia, the society is blissful and self-sufficient, whereas a dystopian society is a misconstrued attempt at utopia. In a dystopian...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019 5:11 pm UTC

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What are examples of irony in Gathering Blue?

Gathering Blue contains three kinds of irony: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Verbal irony occurs when words mean the opposite of what their literal meaning suggests. Dramatic irony is when...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:53 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, what is Kira’s fear?

In the novel Gathering Blue, Kira has several fears. At the beginning of the book, Kira finds herself alone after her mother has become ill and died. At this point, she fears the aloneness and the...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2018 5:38 pm UTC

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Why does Matt refuse to enter Kira's room in Gathering Blue?

Although Matt is only eight or nine years old, and although he displays a lack of manners consistent with his upbringing in the Fen, he declines to enter Kira's room with her when Jamison ushers...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2016 3:28 am UTC

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Why did Lois Lowry write Gathering Blue?

Lois Lowry is a YA/children's author who is known for her work The Giver, which she originally did not intend to become a series. Gathering Blue and Messenger are in between the The Giver and her...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 10:35 pm UTC

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Identify and define three characteristics of dystopian literature from Gathering Blue.

Obviously there are lots of variations in dystopian literature, and so there is no one size fits all approach. However, there are some themes that can be gathered together that occur in many...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2011 7:09 pm UTC

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Name one major internal and one major external conflict in Gathing Blue.

An internal conflict is a struggle that takes place within a character's mind, while an external conflict is a struggle that takes place between the character and another character, the society,...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:31 pm UTC

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What role do women play in this society, and how does being female affect Kira's character development?

In Kira's society, women are second-class citizens, and they live very separate lives from the men for the most part. Women seem to be primarily in charge of child-rearing, gardening, tending...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2016 1:40 am UTC

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In Gathering Blue, how does the main character, Kira, change throughout the story?  

Kira begins the story with a great deal of internal focus, and she can hardly be blamed for this. Through a combination of her mother and grandfather's efforts, she has been allowed to live in a...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2019 8:31 pm UTC

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In Gathering Blue, compare and contrast the roles of men and women in Kira's society.

In Gathering Blue, author Lois Lowry seems to purposely make the society as opposite from the first novel in this series, The Giver, as she possibly can. Rather than the safe, organized world of...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015 3:05 am UTC

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What is the significance of Matt not knowing what "gift" means in the book Gathering Blue?

In Lois Lowry's book Gathering Blue, the fact that Matt does not know what "gift" means is significant is because it demonstrate Matt's background and upbringing (or, rather, the lack of it.) By...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2016 3:06 am UTC

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Why is the chain used when the singer is on stage singing? What is it for? In Lois Lowry's 'Gathering Blue.'

It is not clear, but the story suggests that the Singer who performs the incantations in the annual ritual of "The Ruin" does so against his will. Such is the case of the little girl named Jo who...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2010 2:27 pm UTC

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What is a quote that shows Matt using dialect in Gathering Blue?

Lowry creates an interesting dialect for Matt. The people of the village, including Vandara and Kira, speak with typical grammar, although they use words unique to their society, such as cott and...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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What is the main problem and what happens at the end?

The main conflict is man vs. society. The people in Kira's village don't accept anyone who is handicapped. If a person becomes handicapped through injury or disease, or if newborn babies have any...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2007 8:39 am UTC

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How do the Guardians maintain control over the people in the village in Gathering Blue?

We are first introduced to the Council of Guardians in Chapter Three of this excellent dystopian novel. It is clear from the respect and deference that is shown to the Guardians by both Vandara and...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2011 7:57 pm UTC

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Who is the antagonist in Gathering Blue?

What Kira realises by the end of the novel is that the Guardians, the people who are in charge of the society she is a part of and whom she now works for, are far from the benevolent individuals...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2013 5:46 am UTC

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