The Giver Questions and Answers

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The music Jonas hears could be from a house in Elsewhere. The ending of the novel is ambiguous. That means that, based on the evidence in the novel alone, it is not possible to tell what really...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 5:42 am UTC

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In chapter 6, Jonas and his family attend the first ceremony of the day, where newborn babies are named and given to their new families. During the Naming Ceremony, a family is given a replacement...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2018 10:57 pm UTC

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After the Giver shows Jonas the video footage of his father lethally injecting an infant during a routine release, Jonas is horrified and appalled with his community. Jonas refuses to go home and...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 10:44 am UTC

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The inability to choose one's true love for a spouse; the inability to choose one's profession freely; the inability to come and go freely; and the inability to speak one's mind freely are just a...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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In Jonas' highly-structured community, each adolescent is required to complete a specific number of volunteer hours before they are given their assignment during the Ceremony of Twelve in front of...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 2:44 pm UTC

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We can examine the gift of the bicycle in the context of the other gifts in order to examine its significance as well. Year fours get jackets that button in the back so that the children learn to...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2017 12:57 am UTC

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That is an interesting question on several levels. First, the novel focuses primarily on how the futuristic families are structured and how people are brought together—not really on how those...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 5:59 pm UTC

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Jonas liked Fiona as a friend, but he came to have stronger feelings for her. In Jonas’s community, no one has strong emotions. Jonas is friends with Fiona because she is his age and she is nice...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2016 5:46 pm UTC

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In chapter twelve, the Giver instructs Jonas to look at the books on the top shelf and Jonas mentions that he saw them change for a brief moment, which was similar to what he experienced when he...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2018 1:11 pm UTC

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Initially, Jonas enjoys spending time with his family members and participating in the required evening and morning rituals. Jonas feels comfortable around his family and is not afraid to express...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2020 1:52 am UTC

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In Jonas's community, which is established on the concepts of Sameness, citizens are required to use precise language at all times. The use of precise language emphasizes the structured, organized...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 8:57 pm UTC

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At the end of chapter one, Jonas admits to his parents that he is feeling apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve, and his parents dismiss Lily from the table in order to have a private...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018 3:47 pm UTC

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Jonas's society in The Giver operates fairly flawlessly, in large part because they have rules to govern everything about how their community operates. There are rules and consequences for using...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 2:43 pm UTC

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In Jonas's highly structured community that is founded on the concept of Sameness, individuals who do not fit in with the community can apply for release. In a conversation between Jonas and Asher...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2018 12:13 am UTC

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The community has a Receiver of Memory to advise them on policy that requires knowledge of history. The community has embraced a concept called Sameness, which means that all decisions are made for...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2016 12:53 am UTC

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Jonas has a unique relationship with The Giver. Whereas Jonas's other relationships are very constricted by societal norms, Jonas's relationship with The Giver is very open and stems from the...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2018 4:17 am UTC

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Jonas learns about what happens to twins in chapter 19. Up until this point, Jonas has learned about Sameness, Climate Control, pain, suffering, and hunger. Also before this chapter, Jonas learns...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2016 2:05 am UTC

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When Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory, he receives eight rules that either free him from other community rules or confine him to following different ones that are specific to his calling....

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 3:15 pm UTC

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Different people will probably take away different messages from The Giver. I will share the one that I have gleaned, and perhaps others will share theirs, too. You will need to decide what...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015 9:11 pm UTC

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Because he has no experience of many feelings, Jonas must be transmitted the sensations of pain and suffering by the Giver, who is the only one of the community who retains memories of things that...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2016 4:51 am UTC

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It is in Chapter Nineteen that Jonas learns the true nature of the word "release" in his community. You would do well to re-read this chapter and consider how the author reveals both to us and to...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2011 6:20 pm UTC

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Rosemary, who had been chosen to be the Receiver before Jonas was chosen, failed because she was not able to handle the terrible memories that the Giver had to give her. You can find this out in...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2010 12:07 pm UTC

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We are not really told in the book why people in the community do not know about animals. We do know that they know the word but they don't really know what it means. So we have to think about...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2009 4:55 am UTC

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The society in The Giver is incredibly unique. While it functions more smoothly than any society in our world, its productivity and sense of calm come at a sacrifice. The people living in Jonas’s...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2020 10:31 pm UTC

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In The Giver, Jonas is frightened when an unidentified aircraft flies over the community because he has never seen anything like this happen before. The delivery planes that generally come to their...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2020 4:06 am UTC

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Jonas’s inner desires do change throughout the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry. As a child, it would appear that his inner desires align with those of everyone else (all the other "contributing...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2018 1:02 am UTC

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The pill given to those who have reached puberty and over reduce hormonal urges, or "Stirrings" as they are called. In Chapter Five the morning ritual of telling dreams begins with Lily. Usually...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 5:08 pm UTC

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The climax of a story is the point when the plot reaches its highest intensity and is considered a turning point in the storyline. In Lois Lowry's The Giver, the climax of the story takes place...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2019 4:20 pm UTC

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This sequence is actually one of my favorite parts to read because I think it really shows readers how deeply the Sameness has affected Jonas and the rest of society. Discussions about the Sameness...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 3:42 pm UTC

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Jonas is surprised because the Annex has books and the speaker has an off switch. When Jonas is selected to be the new Receiver of Memory, he has no idea what to expect at first. He barely knows...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 9:15 am UTC

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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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The Pilot-in-Training who flew over Jonas's community by mistake was "released".The Pilot-in-Training had "misread his navigational instructions and made a wrong turn...desperately...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2009 4:35 am UTC

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Jonas's uniform, highly structured society is founded on the principles of Sameness and tightly controlled by the Committee of Elders. The Committee of Elders is responsible for making every...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2019 12:10 pm UTC

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Towards the end of chapter 2, Lily's father tells her that it is time for bed and grabs her comfort object off the shelf. Lily's comfort object is a stuffed elephant. Lily's mother mentions to her...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 11:42 pm UTC

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Jonas seems to be the only family member who becomes attached to Gabe. In our world, it would probably be impossible to take care of a baby for a year or so and not feel attached. Jonas’s...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 10:56 pm UTC

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The main symbolism of the sled is Jonas’ means of “traveling” through his training to become a Giver. Receiving the lessons is compared to sliding downhill in the snow: at first it’s all excitement...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2009 10:38 pm UTC

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There does not seem to be a particular age at which people are sent to the House of the Old in The Giver. Once people's children have grown and are out of the house, they are moved to the place of...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2015 4:47 pm UTC

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In Chapter Six, the depersonalizing environment of the society and the rigid self-identities that it imposes upon its residents are made apparent. Most alarming, of course, is how the people accept...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2013 12:42 pm UTC

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Sameness is the idea that everything and anything that interferes with a citizen's safety and comfort should become obsolete, and is represented in Louis Lowry's utopian society. Sameness is a...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2017 8:31 pm UTC

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While Utopian fiction is a peek into a future in which society is working very well, dystopian literature is that which gives us a look at a future that is not working out at all. A dystopian work...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2015 8:05 pm UTC

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Jonas's first memory is about sledding down a snowy hill. He absolutely loves the experience and asks the Giver why they don't have snow or hills in their community. The Giver tells him that snow...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 3:41 pm UTC

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The community in which Jonas lives prefers to live under the condition of Sameness. That means they would rather have peace, tranquility, and safety over conflict, war, and risk. In an effort to...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 7:08 pm UTC

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The first memory Jonas receives is in Chapter 11, when he learns about the feeling of cold snow and sledding. Perhaps cold in and of itself might not be a good memory, but the sledding certainly...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2015 7:58 pm UTC

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There are no cars in the community because everyone has bicycles. Access to vehicles of any kind is controlled very strictly in the community. Since they have instituted Sameness, there are no...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015 12:22 am UTC

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The rule against bicycles is broken because it is a minor rule and breaking it is tradition. Rules that are broken for everyone are unspoken rules of their own. This is part of community...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2016 4:36 pm UTC

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Gabe has the same pale eyes as Jonas. Jonas is attracted to Gabe’s eyes because they are light-colored, like his own. Almost no one else in the community has pale eyes. Sameness is crucial to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016 7:09 pm UTC

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The major conflict in The Giver is the Receiver vs Sameness. Without Sameness a Receiver of Memory would not be needed. If a Receiver weren't needed, then the old man and Jonas would not have the...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, a newborn is released, or euthanized, when they are labeled "inadequate." If a child is labeled "uncertain," then s/he is given a period of time to grow and develop...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

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In chapter 1, Jonas contemplates the correct word to appropriately describe his feelings regarding the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve. As Jonas is riding his bicycle home, he remembers Asher being...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2018 1:16 am UTC

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The pockets of Lily’s jacket symbolize her growing maturity. In Jonas’s community, the children all age at the same time in a special ceremony in December. This is all part of maintaining...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 4:22 am UTC

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