The Giver Questions and Answers

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In Jonas's highly structured society, citizens do not have the opportunity to independently make significant life decisions, such as choosing the person they will marry, deciding how many children...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2018 5:50 pm UTC

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Jonas’s assignment as Receiver of Memory is rare because there is only one Receiver at a time and few have the ability. Jonas is selected as Receiver of Memory when he turns twelve. This is a very...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 4:56 pm UTC

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In chapter one of The Giver, Jonas's family enjoys their dinner before participating in the evening ritual, which is the telling of feelings. In this ritual, each family member discusses their...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2019 3:19 pm UTC

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In chapter two of Lois Lowry's The Giver, there is an extensive discussion about assignments to jobs as Jonas prepares to receive his soon at the Ceremony of Twelves. His father is a Nurturer, and...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016 12:22 am UTC

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The Giver gives Jonas snow because it does not exist anywhere in the community. For his first memory, The Giver wants to share something with Jonas that he has never experienced before. In one...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2016 4:25 am UTC

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The main problem that is presented in the The Giver is that no one in the community questions anything, nor do they really understand the reason for anything. Individuals have given up their own...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2015 1:52 pm UTC

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In chapter 7, the Chief Elder announces each child's assignment to the community during the Ceremony of Twelve. Following Fiona, Jonas expects his number to be called but is skipped as the Chief...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 9:44 am UTC

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December is eventful because there are ceremonies in which the children pass through life stages. In Jonas’s community, children do not have birthdays. Everyone turns a year older on the same day,...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2015 4:56 am UTC

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At the end of Chapter 10 and the beginning of Chapter 11, we find out what the first memory that Jonas receives is. We find out that the first memory the Giver gives him is the memory of snow and...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2010 3:38 am UTC

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Jonas is worried about the Ceremony of Twelve. There are a lot of different things Jonas is worried about at different times during the book, but I think you are talking about the beginning of the...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 9:25 pm UTC

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In chapter 13, the Giver explains the significance of his job to Jonas and tells him that he rarely advises the Committee of Elders. When Jonas mentions that he does not know why the community even...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2018 4:18 pm UTC

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Asher’s assignment means that he is training to take over the department in charge of games. Asher is Jonas’s best friend. Before the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is worried that his friend will not...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016 9:33 pm UTC

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Fiona is Jonas’s friend. Her most distinguishing physical characteristic is her red hair. Generally people in the community look mostly alike, and differences are not appreciated. Fiona is...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 4:08 am UTC

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As far as the literary style and complexity of prose is concerned I would agree that it is for middle school years. However, thematically I believe that it can engage older, even college students,...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2014 3:26 am UTC

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In the beginning of The Giver, Jonas blindly and naively accepts what his society has taught him. The depths of this aren't realized until many chapters later, but he lacks the knowledge of color,...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2019 10:02 pm UTC

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The Nurturers weigh both twins and release whichever one weighs less. In Jonas’s community, people go out of their way to make sure no one is uncomfortable. Ironically, in a place where conformity...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2015 3:25 am UTC

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Before he is given his Life Assignment and before he is chosen as the new Receiver of Memory, Jonas has a normal relationship with his friends and family. He is close and friendly with everyone and...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2021 10:26 am UTC

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The moral lesson of The Giver is that people must remain free to live their lives as they see fit, without being subjected to control by an authoritarian governing body. Although this futuristic...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 11:22 am UTC

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There are many themes and conflicts in Lois Lowry's The Giver, but the most predominant one would be the conflict between individualism and social conformity--in other words, man versus society....

Latest answer posted July 10, 2016 9:21 pm UTC

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Sameness is the governing ideology of the community in The Giver. The general idea behind it seems to be that any kind of deviation from a socially acceptable norm is dangerous, a destabilizing...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 7:44 am UTC

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Jonas and Gabriel both have the Capacity to See Beyond. Gabriel is the newchild that Jonas’s father brings home. In Jonas’s community, newchildren are usually raised by nurturers until the age of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 8:33 pm UTC

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In Chapter 18, the Giver explains to Jonas what happened to the last Receiver, who was named Rosemary. Rosemary was the Giver's daughter, and for the first five weeks of her training he only gave...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2017 9:21 am UTC

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The Giver tried to explain to Jonas the experience of sledding downhill. Jonas, however, was puzzled. He had no idea what The Giver was talking about. There was no snow in his community. There...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 8:45 am UTC

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Prior to becoming the community's Receiver of Memory, Jonas enjoys his mundane, typical lifestyle, which is relatively boring and uneventful. He conforms to the community's standards and obediently...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 7:45 pm UTC

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The first seven chapters of the book set the foundation for the story and gives the reader insight into Jonas's life in his planned community. In the first seven chapters, we learn a lot about...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 12:05 pm UTC

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In chapter 3, Jonas recalls a time when he was publicly chastised for taking food from the recreation area. Although the speaker did not state Jonas's name, he realized that the announcement was...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2018 1:15 am UTC

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Gabriel symbolizes love and family for Jonas. As Receiver of Memory, Jonas is exempt from taking the pills that suppress emotion within members of the community. As Jonas receives memories of love...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019 6:34 am UTC

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In chapter 13, Jonas and the Giver discuss colors and the inability of community members to see them. More importantly, the option to choose between different colors is automatically taken away...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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Jonas shows great integrity in his daily interactions in the community, which is one reason he is singled out as a potential Receiver of Memory. Jonas follows the rules, is always prompt, and...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020 4:03 am UTC

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In chapter 11, the Giver shares a memory of sledding in the snow with Jonas, who has no concept of snow because he has grown up in a highly structured, completely safe community that is established...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2018 6:15 pm UTC

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There isn't a definitive answer to this question. It is best left up to individual reader opinion; therefore, feel free to pick what you believe and defend it. I think it is a perfectly viable...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018 5:05 am UTC

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Jonas's community primarily values stability, conformity, and safety over everything else, which is why the Committee of Elders originally instituted Sameness. The community is founded on the...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 10:30 am UTC

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Jonas grows up in a very structured, safe community, which was created so that citizens did not have to experience pain and suffering. Consequently, there are many rules throughout Jonas's society...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2017 9:51 am UTC

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, a family unit may receive a second child by going through an application process for one. Unlike our world, in which biological mothers often raise their own children,...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2017 5:43 am UTC

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Lily was "angry" at school earlier in the day because a group of Sevens from another Community came to join her Childcare group at the play area, and "they didn't obey the rules at all". She was...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2009 7:07 am UTC

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Jonas's austere community is structured according to the concept of Sameness, which prevents citizens from making independent decisions or experiencing the natural world as was intended for...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2018 1:57 pm UTC

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In chapter two, Jonas's father mentions to his children that he broke the rule by looking at the committee's naming list before the Ceremony of One to find out the name of the infant that had been...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2018 11:52 pm UTC

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In The Giver by Lois Lowry, most animals do not seem to exist in the perfect community the author has created. For example, in the evening scene when Jonas' family is sharing their feelings, Lily...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2015 10:22 pm UTC

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Asher's mistakenly using the wrong word and being punished for it to the point that he stops talking demonstrates the community's relentless insistence that everyone be the same, and their complete...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012 8:45 pm UTC

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The Giver asks Jonas for forgiveness after transmitting a painful memory of war in chapter 15 because the memory is too difficult for him to bear. Moreover, war is one of the horrors that Jonas’s...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 9:44 am UTC

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If a child does not like the assignment given at the Ceremony of Twelve, there is nothing he or she can do about it. Children do not choose their assignments. They are observed carefully by a...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 11:59 pm UTC

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In chapter 11, Jonas receives his first memory from the Giver during their training session and experiences the thrilling sensation of sledding down a steep, snowy hill. Initially, Jonas can only...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2020 8:13 pm UTC

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"Release" is a word used frequently throughout Lowry's The Giver, but children like Jonas are not quite sure what it means because the word is ambiguous at best. Jonas hears about release when...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016 11:56 pm UTC

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Jonas's community is established on the concept of Sameness, which is meant to eliminate individuality and ensure stability throughout society. Citizens in Jonas's community do not have the...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

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Jonas, the main character in The Giver, actually faces a few problems in the book. That being said, the primary problem he encounters, and then actually runs from, is that the elders of the...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2018 8:08 pm UTC

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In the Community in The Giver, the Elders have an enormous amount of power. They control every aspect of people’s lives. However, ordinary old people have almost no power at all and are...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 10:58 pm UTC

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In chapter 5 of The Giver, Jonas shares a dream with his parents. In the dream, he is in a tub of water. Fiona is there, and Jonas wants her to get into the tub with him. As he describes the dream,...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2018 6:29 pm UTC

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Jonas was absolutely appalled when he watched the video of the release. He couldn't believe that release, which was portrayed as this wonderful thing, was really just killing. He was also...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2010 11:17 pm UTC

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In chapter seven, the ceremony of twelve shows everyone in Jonas's class receiving assignments to their appointed careers. Fiona is assigned to serve in the Home of the Old taking care of the...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 7:20 pm UTC

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In chapter five, Jonas is embarrassed and reluctant to tell his family about the dream he had the previous night. Jonas explains to his family that he had a dream about trying to convince Fiona to...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 5:16 pm UTC

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