The Giver Questions and Answers

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Euphemisms are substitution for words or expressions which might be interpreted as unpleasant, shameful, or oversharing. The Community within The Giver uses these carefully coined phrases in order...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 1:32 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 community is very different from our own in many ways. We do not know the exact location or time period, although since it is dystopian/fantasy fiction we usually think of it as being set some...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2011 10:38 am 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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There is no explicit reason given; however, we can deduce the answer to this based on other things we know about the society. We know that the stirrings are closely regulated by the community. In...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2015 9:03 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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Asher looks like everyone else in the community. Most of the citizens of the community look alike. We are not sure exactly what they look like, but we know that they have dark eyes and pink skin...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 7:41 pm UTC

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We know of two types of punishment: the discipline wand and release. We learn about the discipline wand in Ch. 7 when the Council of Elders is giving Asher his assignment. Here were learn that as a...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016 10:03 pm UTC

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In The Giver Equality provides that everyone is allowed the same benefits of the society that others are. Sameness provides different age groups certain equal "privileges"; however, it mainly...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2017 7:30 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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The resolution of a story follows the climax and is essentially the conclusion of the story's plot. The resolution also ties up the loose ends to conclude the story. In the novel The Giver, the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 12:10 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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In chapter 13, weeks pass as Jonas receives more and more memories of the past and begins to change his outlook on society. Jonas is only able to see glimpses of society in color and desperately...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2018 9:21 am 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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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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I have read this book so many times, it's hard for me to identify positives! I would say the fact that the whole community is relatively healthy and safe is a positive. It doesn't make up for...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2011 11:26 am UTC

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When young people in the community reach puberty, they are prescribed pills to take for the Stirrings. The Stirrings are feelings of sexual attraction, such as what Jonas feels toward Fiona in his...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2016 8:48 pm UTC

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Climate control is another facet of the ideology of "Sameness" in the society in which Jonas lives. After Jonas receives the memory of a sled ride in the snow, a memory that he finds exhilarating...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2017 10:52 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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In Lois Lowry's novel The Giver, children begin volunteer hours after their Ceremony of Eight. At this Ceremony, the children begin their metaphorical initiation into adulthood. Their comfort...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2017 4:07 am UTC

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The society of The Giver is one that values sameness above individuality, emotions are controlled, and memories of the past are eliminated. There are rigid parameters for this community and rules...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015 6:18 am UTC

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The community controls the Stirrings to keep people in continual preadolescence. People are given pills as soon as Stirrings occur, and the pills block the hormonal change. This prevents...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016 11:37 pm UTC

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At her Ceremony of Eight, Jonas's younger sister, Lily, receives a special jacket which provides identification and possesses pockets. This is a symbol of her increasing sense of autonomy and her...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2017 2:38 am UTC

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The government of Jonas's highly structured community is controlled by an enigmatic group referred to as the Committee of Elders. The Committee of Elders monitors and controls every aspect of...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018 6:29 pm UTC

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The memories that have been eliminated for everyone but the Giver are all those that go back further than "one generation memories," (93), that is, the memories of one's own life. These memories...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 4:30 pm UTC

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The concept of comfort objects is discovered by the reader in chapter 2. Comfort objects are given to the little children at the Nurturing Center before they turn one year old. All children are...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 3:26 pm UTC

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Jonas is shocked by the presence of so many books in the Receiver’s dwelling. Jonas’s community has rule books and instruction books, and that is it. There are no books of stories or history. The...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016 10:31 pm UTC

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During one of their training sessions, the Giver explains to Jonas that on rare occasions the Committee of Elders calls upon him for advice when they are making a difficult decision in an area...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018 11:19 pm UTC

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Jonas gives memories to Gabriel to keep him calm. The ability to receive and give memories is unique in Jonas’s community. A person has to have the Capacity to See Beyond in order to be receptive....

Latest answer posted December 14, 2015 2:32 am UTC

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Jonas is initially apprehensive about discovering what assignment he will be given at the Ceremony of Twelve, because he is not particularly interested in any of the occupations he's volunteered...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018 2:18 pm UTC

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Lois Lowry's dedication prior to the title page says, "For all the children, to whom we entrust the future." This would suggest that Lowry wrote The Giver for children; but not only that, she wrote...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

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Lois Lowry won the John Newbery Award for The Giver in 1994. In her acceptance speech, Lowry gave some reasons for writing the book. She mentioned a specific interaction with her 90-year-old father...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2018 11:36 pm UTC

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The tone of The Giver is direct, reflective without being overly preachy, and often ironic. Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject. This book is actually often considered inappropriate...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2012 1:08 am 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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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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Jonas dreams that he is on a sled trying to get somewhere. Jonas does not often dream, so he usually does not describe his dreams during the morning dream telling. However, after helping Fiona...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 12:16 am UTC

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Yes, you are correct in stating that bicycles are given to the children who are ready for the Ceremony of Nine. This gesture is symbolic of the responsibility and freedom that these children are...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2017 8:47 am UTC

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It is in Chapter Sixteen that the Giver passes on to Jonas a memory of family love. For Jonas, who has been brought up in a community which has erased such emotions as love, he is disturbed and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2011 8:26 pm UTC

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You've correctly identified one characteristic about the Giver. He is an old man. Jonas is the second receiver of memory to work with the Giver, and new receivers are chosen in order to ensure...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 2:42 pm UTC

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(eNotes educators may only answer one question per response. If you need other help, please resubmit further questions separately.) Jonas's father is a Nurturer. His job is to provide care for...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2013 8:41 pm UTC

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Jonas is developed as a character because he goes from being a faceless observer of his community’s rules to a questioner and ultimately a deserter. When the story begins, Jonas is a simple eleven...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 11:05 pm UTC

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Jonas's community includes qualities of both a utopian and dystopian society. One could consider Jonas's community a utopian society because it is safe, comfortable, organized, and highly...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2018 12:20 pm UTC

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Jonas and Gabe escape to Elsewhere, leaving the community. When Jonas finds out that Gabe is going to be released, he has to take action. He grabs the baby and goes on the run at night. He and...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2015 7:20 pm UTC

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Jonas is in good spirits in chapter 6 as the family prepares for the ceremony. He jokes with his sister and waves to his father. He also ponders Gabe’s fate and the finality of release. By...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2012 11:40 am UTC

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First of all, understand that a book can be more than one genre. The boundary lines of genre can be crossed. Novels can have elements of many genres within them. First and foremost I would say The...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2012 11:14 pm UTC

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Jonas notices that the Receiver is the only one with books. Jonas makes a lot of observations about the Receiver. He notices that he seems very old, and that he is usually apart from the rest of...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 12:02 am UTC

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Jonas was upset during the Ceremony of Twelve because of the sudden break in the traditional order of the ceremony. Jonas is already anxious in the time leading up to the ceremony, as he is eager...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 3:59 pm UTC

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To the community depicted in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, mirrors, while not illegal, are of no significance. Owning a mirror would be frowned upon in this community in which sameness is a way of life....

Latest answer posted May 10, 2020 12:04 pm UTC

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