The Giver Questions and Answers

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Everything in the community is rigidly controlled without deviation. When that control slips, such as an airplane appearing at an unexpected time, the people don't know how to react. What if other...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2007 1:26 am UTC

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One primary way that the community in Lois Lowry's novel, The Giver, is kept under such strict control is the demanding and unending sets of rules to which all citizens must adhere. There is no...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2010 10:42 am UTC

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You can check the book out from the library. The Giver is protected by copyright laws. As such, you will not be able to read the whole text of the book online for free. You can, however, check...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 12:10 am UTC

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Since our world allows for free choice, we will always have change. One of the first steps to eliminating change is to eliminate choice, because choice leads to change. In The Giver, they have...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011 7:33 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in the closing parts of chapter ten and into the beginning parts of chapter eleven. Jonas still is not quite certain what his exact duties are as the new...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019 5:08 am UTC

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This section suggests something about the core of human nature. Even in the absence of having a memory of war, children engage in play that "hurts" others. Maybe they have never seen an actual gun...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 1:49 am UTC

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The community in which Jonas, the protagonist, lives is made up of family units. Mothers and fathers do not choose each other based on love; rather, they are placed together based upon...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016 11:49 pm UTC

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No, I do not think you would contradict the story. The ending is intentionally left ambiguous. That means that it is not clear exactly what happened. There is just enough evidence that Jonas...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 1:27 am UTC

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1. The things they sleep with are called their comfort objects." We can see this in places like page 18 (my copy of the book, at least) where Lily gets impatient as her parents talk to Jonas....

Latest answer posted March 27, 2010 11:54 pm UTC

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In Jonas's community, the Committee of Elders determines each citizen's occupation and gives adolescents their Assignments during the December Ceremony when they turn twelve years old. In order to...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 10:44 am UTC

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The Giver is a young adult science fiction novel written by American writer Lois Lowry, originally published in 1993. It tells the story of Jonas—a twelve-year-old boy who lives in a futuristic...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 12:41 pm UTC

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, word choice and language are carefully chosen in order for effective communication to take place. Effective communication not only helps with communication but allows...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2013 6:58 pm UTC

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I'm not sure exactly what you're asking (maybe a little "precise language" is needed). Elsewhere is anywhere but here, anywhere outside the community. As for a change in vocabulary, the...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2008 1:28 am UTC

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Writing the introduction for a paper is often the hardest part of writing a paper. Frequently I wait until the end of the paper to go back and write the introduction. When writing the...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2008 1:55 pm UTC

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As far as we can tell from the book, I do not think it is likely that the committee makes many mistakes. We are told that you can appeal if you like, but we do not hear about anyone who has...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2010 7:33 am UTC

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In the opening chapter of The Giver we learn that the year before an airplane flew directly over the community. This is against the rules. We soon learn that the pilot had gotten lost and made an...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2007 1:42 am UTC

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Jonas's community is founded on the principles of Sameness, which ensure complete uniformity, stability, and comfort by restricting citizens' individual rights and oppressing the population's...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019 7:47 pm UTC

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I do not think that we can know for sure where and when this world is. But I do think that we have some clues. First of all, it seems to me that the story takes place in the United States. First...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 6:33 am UTC

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The easiest examples of a "hook" for this theme are found very early in the book. Look at how Jonas expects everyone to follow the rules, and for there to be rules for everyone. When the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009 10:07 am UTC

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In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, memories of the past are held by the Giver and passed on to one person, the Receiver of Memory. The Giver’s role is to “use the memories to advise” the Elders, but this...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 7:11 pm UTC

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Jonas’s community was highly restrictive, and people did not have the right to make their own choices so that no one stands out. Jonas lives in a world where every decision is made for him. He is...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2013 3:58 pm UTC

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First, the rules of the society made the place into an orderly world. There was great uniformity, safety, and harmony to some extent. Some people might say that it was a utopian world, especially...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 12:59 pm UTC

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Jonas's father has been granted special permission by the committee to nurture Gabriel at night in hopes that he will meet his developmental requirements before the next ceremony. However, Gabriel...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021 1:28 pm UTC

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I have never seen an actual map of the community. One thing that we do know is that the houses are all in one area, along a street, and the communal buildings are a little far from it. Jonas...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 12:54 pm UTC

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One of the most important things is that Jonas learns what is meant by being released. Until this point, he thinks people just go off to elsewhere, but when he watches the video of a newborn baby...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2009 1:40 am UTC

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Based on the Giver's reaction to transmitting the first memory in Ch. 11, it appears that he feels both tired and relieved. First, it takes a lot of energy to transmit a memory, especially the...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 1:22 am UTC

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I think the forces of control created the Community the way it is. Building off the previous post's idea of eliminating chance and free will, the centralization of power so as to be able to create...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2009 9:24 am UTC

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Before approaching this question concerning Lois Lowry's The Giver, note that morality is subjective; thus, you can examine the conflicts of morality in the novel based on your own paradigms,...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2020 4:20 pm UTC

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Jonas effectively becomes an adult at the age of thirteen. It's at that point that one's precise age becomes irrelevant in this community. As Jonas's mother tells him, age becomes unimportant once...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 5:26 am UTC

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Chapter six of The Giver includes the description of the recognition ceremony for ten year olds, at which time they all receive haircuts signifying their approaching adulthood. It is the ten year...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 2:16 am UTC

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By "the characters" I can only assume you mean the citizens of the community, or perhaps you mean the Elders who are in control of the rules for the community. The word "utopia" describes a world...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2016 12:20 am UTC

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Chapter 4 is the one where Jonas goes and does his volunteer work at the House of the Old. There has been a release that morning. Really, the only thing that "happens" after the release is that...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2010 10:27 pm UTC

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In the opening scene of the story, Jonas recalls feeling frightened when he witnessed a jet flying over the community for the first time and was immediately instructed by the Speaker to remain...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 12:16 pm UTC

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Well, part of this would be your reasoning: what do you think are the most important things? In most people's list, though, would be the core elements of the book:This is a book about an ideal...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2007 9:36 am UTC

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Jonas's society is founded on the principles of Sameness and completely controlled by the Committee of Elders. Individuality and personal freedoms do not exist, and conformity is required. Privacy...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 10:33 am UTC

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In addition to the attributes of intelligence, integrity, courage, and wisdom, the Chief Elder announces at the Ceremony that the Receiver must have the capacity to see beyond. One who does not...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2008 3:33 am UTC

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In chapter 6, we learn that anyone who feels they do not fit in with the community can apply for release, and be sent "Elsewhere." At this point in the story, Jonas thinks that that means the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2009 9:42 pm UTC

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In later books, we learn that Jonas does make it to Elsewhere and it is just a fairly normal and somewhat technologically backwards place. Surely the people of Elsewhere would have not been able...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 8:29 pm UTC

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I noticed that your question asks how to write an introduction to a lesson plan, and does not ask for the introduction. So I will explain how. The purpose of the introduction is for those who see...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2011 12:24 am UTC

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Jonas lives in a dystopian society that is founded on the principles of Sameness. In Jonas's society, the Committee of Elders is the ruling government body and has complete control over the...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2019 10:20 pm UTC

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In The Giver (Lowry), the Elders use euphemisms to deal with the aspects of life that they seek to control. Death becomes "release," for instance, and sexual desire becomes "stirrings." The Elders...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016 2:21 pm UTC

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The biggest impression that Lowry gives us of the community in this excellent dystopian novel is that of a group of people who are unable or extremely unwilling to change their lives and the rigid...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 1:31 am UTC

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I think in lots of ways Lowry makes us feel very sympathetic towards the Giver. He is presented as a man who is prematurely old because of the weight of the memories that he bears for the...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 1:25 am UTC

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Good question! The community is not all bad. For example, there is no divorce. Since there is no love, people don’t marry for love and adults are only together to raise children. The children...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 1:48 pm UTC

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Once they are adults, they typically do not even know how old they are. There is very little in the way of change and there aren't things like holidays to help mark the passage of time. Jonas's...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2010 3:30 am UTC

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I assume that you are talking about where Jonas takes Gabe at the end of the book. Basically, he takes Gabe away from the community where they have lived all their lives. He sneaks him very far...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010 5:59 am UTC

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Jonas did not escape according to plan. He had to escape early because he had to take the baby. Jonas does not see anything wrong with his community until he begins his training as Receiver of...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 12:37 am UTC

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Family units are specifically structured to ensure complete obedience to the rules and laws of the community. Since everyone takes pills to suppress the Stirrings, husbands and wives are not...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 3:51 am UTC

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Lois Lowry's The Giver is about a community that lives under something they call Sameness. This means that everyone lives in the same type of home, with the same number of family members, and under...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 3:08 am UTC

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In The Giver, release means death. When someone is released, they are injected with a lethal poison which kills them. Most of the society is unaware of the true meaning of release, and it doesn’t...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 8:16 pm UTC

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