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The Giver Ceremonies

The community in The Giver is highly structured. Each individual citizen has a role to play in keeping the community functioning, with the exception of babies and the elderly. Children must...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2020 10:50 am UTC

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What are Jonas's rules in "The Giver"?  

The answer to your question can be found in chapter nine of The Giver. The rules which Jonas is given adds to his feeling that he is now on his own, separated from his peers by the job that he has...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2020 10:56 am UTC

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What are some character traits of Jonas in The Giver?

Jonas is a highly sensitive and intelligent young man. It is these very qualities that give him a unique insight into life in the society in which he lives, as well as providing him with the means...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 10:52 am UTC

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Identify 3 ways Jonas's society in The Giver is different from ours.

One of the main differences between Jonas's community and our world concerns the measures taken to create an equal society. Members of Jonas's community are required to wear specific attire and...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2020 2:32 pm UTC

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The Giver Memories

Shortly after Jonas is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory, he travels to the Annex, where he begins his training sessions with the Giver. During his first training session, the...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2020 9:48 pm UTC

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What are ten main events in The Giver?

1. Jonas has dinner with his family, and they all tell each other their feelings of the day. 2. Jonas's father brings home Gabriel for the first time. 3. Jonas goes to the House of Old. He listens...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 7:34 pm UTC

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What is the setting of the book The Giver?

The Giver takes place in a technologically advanced, unspecified community. It is a place without colors, without temperature variation, and without pain. Everything in the community is controlled,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 5:29 pm UTC

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What rules of the community are introduced in chapter 1 of The Giver?

In this futuristic moral fable, the residents live in an artificial world contrived to control the negative factors of human nature. Here are some rules: 1. No one is allowed to invade the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2014 8:01 pm UTC

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What does release mean in The Giver?

Although being released sounds like a nice thing, it is definitely not. In The Giver, when a person is "released," they are killed through a lethal injection. During the early parts of the story,...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2016 1:16 pm UTC

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What happens at the end of The Giver?

The author doesn't tell us what the real ending of the story is. It is possible that when Lowry wrote The Giver, she had a sequel in mind. Leaving the ending of this book ambiguous would...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2014 9:48 pm UTC

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What is Jonas's assignment in The Giver?

"'Jonas has not been assigned . . . Jonas has been selected . . . Such a selection is very, very rare,' the Chief Elder told the audience" (60). Jonas is selected to be the Receiver-in-Training...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 10:59 pm UTC

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What happens at each age in the book The Giver?

At birth, Newchildren are cared for at the Nurturing Center until the first December Ceremonies. At that time, they are considered to be Ones, no matter when during the year they were born. At...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2009 7:24 am UTC

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Why had Asher been punished for confusing the words snack and smacks in The Giver?

Asher is punished for confusing his words because precision of language is very important in the community. Jonas’s community tightly controls every aspect of daily life. From a young age,...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 2:08 am UTC

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In the book The Giver by Lois Lowry, what rules does the community have?

The Giver by Lois Lowry is about a dystopian future society that is governed by an extensive and strict set of rules. For instance, “it was against the rules for Pilots to fly over the community.”...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2019 7:13 pm UTC

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What is the Ceremony of Twelve, and why is this the most important ceremony in The Giver?   

The Ceremony of Twelve is the most important ceremony in Jonas's community because it is when the adolescent children are given their permanent Assignments, which are their individually selected...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018 1:16 am UTC

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Why is it so difficult to get rules changed in the community in "The Giver"?

It is a long process to change a rule in the community. First, a change to the existing law is proposed. Next, a committee analyzes the information about the rule change. It is indicated that...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2016 6:32 pm UTC

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How has Jonas changed over the course of The Giver?

Over the course of the novel, one of the main storylines is the way that Jonas changes. He goes from being someone who completely accepts the way his society is to someone who is totally willing...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 2:13 pm UTC

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In The Giver, what reasons does the Giver give for members of the community not being allowed to make their own choices?

In Chapter 13, Jonas laments about the fact that there are no choices because everything is the same in his community. When Jonas asks the Giver why it is necessary that everything is the same, he...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2017 6:40 pm UTC

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What is the plan Jonas and the Giver come up with in The Giver?  And how does it change?

In chapter 20, the Giver and Jonas come up with a plan to change society for the better by exposing the citizens to difficult memories in order to eliminate Sameness and do away with horrific...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2017 8:52 pm UTC

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What is the "capacity to see beyond" in The Giver?

The capacity to see beyond is the ability to use any of the senses that were present in the memories, but not in the community. For Jonas, this ability reveals itself in his ability to see color....

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 1:06 am UTC

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In The Giver, what is the job of the receiver of memory? Why is it important? 

Since man is in an imperfect state, in order to create a perfect state, those who would design utopias find that certain controls must be created. Such is the case in Lois Lowry's dystopian society...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2015 5:53 pm UTC

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How are families formed in Jonas's community in The Giver?

Family units are formed by application, with one man, one woman, one boy, and one girl, and are temporary. The first thing you need to understand about the community is that a family is not the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2015 4:29 am UTC

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In The Giver, what does Jonas learn from seeing the color red in the apple, the faces of the crowd, Fiona's hair and...

The color red is significant in The Giver. The first time Jonas “sees beyond” is when he notices an apple change color. He also sees color in the faces of the crowd during the Ceremony of Twelve,...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2011 4:59 am UTC

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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of "sameness" in The Giver.

Jump start your response by writing a list of things that sameness, or equality, would affect even in our society: free health care, housing, and all the things mentioned by ladyvols1, and be sure...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2008 7:16 am UTC

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In The Giver, what is the difference between an annex and a dwelling?

In The Giver, the citizens of the community live in "dwellings," while the Giver lives in the Annex, which is located behind the House of the Old. The dwellings are the homes where citizens live,...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2018 9:51 am UTC

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What are the qualities that a Receiver of Memory must have in The Giver?

When Jonas is confused as to why he was skipped when jobs were being assigned at the Ceremony of Twelve, the Chief Elder informs him that he has been selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, a...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 11:44 am UTC

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In The Giver, how did Jonas react to the children’s war game?

In chapter 15, the Giver shares a difficult memory of war with Jonas. Jonas recalls being injured on a battlefield in a confusing, foul-smelling location. After witnessing a horse get shot, Jonas...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2017 9:14 am UTC

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What are three symbols used in The Giver?

There are many symbols in The Giver, because the story itself is largely symbolic. Three examples are the apple, memories, and the sled. The Apple [Following] the path of the apple through the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2012 3:35 am UTC

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What are three disadvantages of sameness in The Giver?

Sameness is the concept that everyone gives up choices and feelings. The main disadvantage of Sameness is that the community commits terrible atrocities in the name of sameness. Anyone who does...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2012 6:00 pm UTC

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In the Giver, what happens in the release ceremony?

In chapter 4, Fiona tells Jonas about the release ceremony that they celebrated earlier in the morning. Fiona goes on to explain the release of an old man named Roberto. She says that Roberto's...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2017 11:04 pm UTC

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What happened when the previous Receiver in Training failed in The Giver?

In chapter 13, the Giver tells Jonas that ten years ago, the previous Receiver of Memory failed in her assignment by requesting to be released. When Rosemary was released, her difficult memories...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2018 2:04 pm UTC

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Does anyone know some good quotes on sameness in The Giver?

As Chapter 12 of The Giver is ending, Jonas has just received the memory of the color red. He loves the beauty of the color and asks the Giver about color, why it has disappeared in the Community....

Latest answer posted September 30, 2015 2:17 am UTC

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What is Asher's assignment in The Giver?

Asher is assigned to be Assistant Director of Recreation. In the community, each child is given a job for life at the Ceremony of Twelve when they turn twelve years old. Jonas is concerned about...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 8:34 pm UTC

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In The Giver, what did Jonas give to Gabriel and why did he give it to him?  

In chapter 14 of Lowry's The Giver, Jonas gets up in the middle of the night to check on a whimpering baby Gabe, who has been staying in his room. Jonas touches Gabe to soothe him and daydreams...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017 9:35 pm UTC

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Sameness In The Giver

"Sameness" is the name given to the ideology practiced by the leaders of Jonas's community in its desire to create a utopian society. The principle essentially involves a system of covert...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2017 12:59 pm UTC

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What objects does a child get at each age in The Giver?

In the community, the changes presented at the ceremonies are symbolic. These are the most significant ceremonies. At the ceremony of one, the Newchild gets a name and is recognized for the first...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 3:48 am UTC

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What is the main message of the novel The Giver?

The main message of the novel is that choice is not destructive. In this society, the absence of choice is actually more destructive. All choices are made for people, and as a result they act in...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2012 5:07 am UTC

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In The Giver, why does Jonas change his plan to leave the community?

Jonas' plan had been to escape from the community within two weeks, during the yearly Ceremony. He and the Giver had been planning everything carefully. The Giver would give him memories of courage...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2017 10:19 am UTC

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What happend to the apple while Jonas was playing with it?

Jonas sees the apple change color in mid-air and perceives its red appearance for the first time. In chapter 3, Jonas recalls a time when he casually took an apple out a basket in the recreation...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2017 11:00 pm UTC

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Describe two times in the past when The Giver used his memories to advise the Committee of Elders in Chapter 14.

The Giver advised the committee on expanding the population and dealing with the jet plane that flew over the community. Jonas asks The Giver what the purpose of the memories is, because he has...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 3:27 am UTC

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In what chapter of The Giver is the Giver's spouse described?

Spouses are assigned to most adults, but in Chapter 13 we learn that the Giver’s now lives with the childless adults. In Jonas’s community, families are created very differently. The community has...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 7:01 am UTC

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What is Jonas's appearance in the book The Giver?

When Jonas is discussing his future ceremony of Twelve with his mother and father, the narrator tells us that his father reached over and "stroked [his] neatly-trimmed hair." This is really all...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2017 11:53 am UTC

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What happens during the celebration of Release for the Old in The Giver?

Release is death by lethal injection. There is a ceremony before the release, but the release itself is just an injection. When a person becomes old enough, the community has him or her...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 1:49 am UTC

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Why doesn't the mother want Lily to be Birthmother in The Giver? The Giver by Lois Lowry

In chapter 3, Jonas's family meets Gabriel for the first time, and Lily comments that she hopes to be assigned as a Birthmother when she grows up. Lily's mother instantly chastises her daughter for...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2017 3:21 am UTC

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What were differences between Receiver's house and others in the community? What 3 memories did he receive that he...

The Receiver's house is unlike all of the others in The Giver. (Jonas actually becomes referred to as The Receiver, while the older man tells Jonas to address him as The Giver.) It is the only...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2010 11:19 am UTC

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What are some examples of control within the community in The Giver?

Jonas's highly structured, oppressive society is founded on the principles of Sameness, which dramatically alter the environment, restrict citizens' personal freedoms, and completely eliminate...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 11:29 pm UTC

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How is Jonas different from everyone else in The Giver?

Jonas is different from the rest of his community because he has light eyes and the Capacity to See Beyond. In Jonas’s community, most people do not question the way things are. Things just are as...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 9:44 pm UTC

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What was the first lie that Jonas told his parents in The Giver? explain please

Jonas's first lie comes in Chapter 16 when he asks his parents if they love him. This simple question earns him a gentle rebuke from his parents. There was an awkward silence for a moment. Then...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2017 3:17 pm UTC

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What is the reason for Jonas being unable to see color in The Giver?

Jonas and the other community members are unable to see color because the community has eliminated colors in an effort to maintain sameness. Sameness is the community’s name for complete control...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2015 10:43 pm UTC

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of conformity?

Jonas lives in a community where sameness is the norm. The community is governed by strict rules for everything from where to put leftover food after a meal to what job one can have. People wear...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 1:14 am UTC

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