The Giver Questions and Answers

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In Jonas's highly structured community, there is an annual ceremony each December where the citizens gather to celebrate the developmental stages and maturation of the community's youth. As the...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2019 4:55 pm UTC

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When Jonas’s number is called, he is skipped. Jonas thinks he has done something wrong and is embarrassed. The Ceremony of Twelve is the most significant day in a child’s life. It is the day he...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 11:03 pm UTC

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Jonas’s reaction to Fritz getting his bicycle shows that his society is very intolerant of mistakes. The community is very intolerant of difference. They are also very strict about rules and...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016 12:49 am UTC

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Jonas has the freedom to lie, does not have to tell his dreams, and can be rude. There are many rules in the community. Members of the community do not have many choices, and have to follow strict...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2015 4:24 am UTC

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, a replacement Caleb was needed because the first Caleb died in an accident. Such occurrences are extremely rare in Jonas’ community, given how planned the society is. The...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 2:03 am UTC

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In Lois Lowry's young readers' novel The Giver, we are actually never told a name for the community nor told the age of the community. However, we certainly know the community is old enough to have...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2015 8:51 am UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, the term "loss" refers to when a community member accidentally passes away. The term "release" is a euphemism for when the community euthanizes certain...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2017 12:58 am UTC

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Language "precision," as it is called, is another tool used by the society of The Giver to control the community and keep them content and safe by desensitizing them. In his essay "Politics and the...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 2:27 am UTC

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Jonas's community is founded on the principles of Sameness, which dramatically transform the surrounding landscape and culture of the community. In Jonas's community, conformity is mandated by the...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 11:29 am UTC

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There are no injections in Lois Lowry's The Giver. The morning injections, however, are shown in the movie adaptation. The book has everyone take pills each morning, but the movie does show Jonas...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2016 7:39 pm UTC

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Jonas doesn't talk about his training with his friends, because he has been ordered not to. After all of the children find out what role they will be serving in the community, the children all...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2016 6:51 pm UTC

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In the community, there is no love. The most significant disadvantage of the family unit is that people do not experience either romantic or familial love. There are no spouses in the sense that...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2011 7:00 am UTC

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The author of The Giver, Lois Lowry, has said that the idea for the book was triggered by her visits to her father, who was losing his memory. Her book started as a kind of exploration of what...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 2:32 pm UTC

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Towards the end of chapter 14, Gabriel begins to cry in the middle of the night and wakes Jonas up. Jonas then takes Gabriel from his crib and rhythmically pats the infant on the back to calm him...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2018 4:46 pm UTC

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People in Jonas's community have jobs assigned to them by the elders. Some people are intelligent enough to hold administrative jobs; others have service-oriented jobs; and there are also those who...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 8:53 pm UTC

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The Giver is set in a dystopian society where a council of elders makes decisions for the whole community. People who are responsible for such enormous tasks as running a society must do everything...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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Jonas's father plays his role in the community appropriately, but readers may see him as a villain and a killer. Jonas’s father seems gentle and supportive, if not bland. He is one of two...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2015 4:10 pm UTC

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In chapter 11, the Giver transmits the first memory to Jonas during their training session, and Jonas experiences what it is like to sled ride down a snowy hill on a cold winter night. After Jonas...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2018 1:28 pm UTC

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You could go about this answer in two different ways. First, you could scour the text for examples of direct characterization, because those bits of text will tell you exactly what character traits...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2019 1:49 am UTC

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Dream-telling begins with Threes. Dream-telling is a morning ritual used by Jonas’s community. Like the feeling-telling in the evening, dream-telling is designed to identify, label, and dismiss...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2016 5:33 pm UTC

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The very first memory the Receiver transmits to Jonas is the memory of snow. The Receiver asks Jonas to lie face down on the bed, and then he places his hands on Jonas's back. Jonas relaxes as he...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2009 4:31 am UTC

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At the end of the ceremony of Twelves, in his anxiety of not having been assigned a life role, Jonas finally learns that he is to become the new Receiver of memories. In Chapter 10, Jonas reports...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2014 10:45 pm UTC

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In "The Giver," by Lois Lowry, there are a number of set and regular career assignments in Jonas' community. Some become nurturers, others are representatives in the department of justice, and...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2016 8:07 pm UTC

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Lois Lowry creates many job assignments in The Giver, and one of these assignments is the important role of nurturer. She explains in the book that there are daytime nurturers and there are...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 12:41 am UTC

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Liily wants to be a Birthmother. She's in love with the idea of having babies. And as stated by the previous answer, she doesn't really have any idea of what it is really like for the Birthmothers...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2009 5:23 am UTC

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When Jonas receives his list of rules and learns that he can lie, he reacts with fear and revulsion. He does not want to be able to lie, and the thought of lying is unsettling. He realizes that...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011 10:09 am UTC

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Jonas is frightened of the jet plane that flies unexpectedly over his community. In Jonas’s community, every aspect of daily life is tightly controlled. The idea is to make sure no one ever feels...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2016 12:54 am UTC

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When the Giver and Jonas come up with the plan to save the community from Sameness, they feel the only way to do it is for Jonas to go away alone and for the Giver to stay behind to help the...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 1:16 am UTC

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Children who are four, five, and six years old are required to wear jackets with buttons in the back, which are designed to nurture their interdependence. The jackets are designed to make the...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2018 4:29 pm UTC

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Jonas wants the Giver to keep memories of music for himself. The Giver shares many memories with Jonas, because it is his job as Giver of Memory. Jonas’s job as Receiver of Memory is to learn as...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2013 2:17 am UTC

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(eNotes editors are allowed to answer one question per response. If you need more help, please resubmit further questions separately.) Children in the community were each given a bicycle for their...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 9:17 pm UTC

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The community has a lot of rules. Most of the rules are designed for the preservation of what the community calls Sameness. They enforce proper behavior and prevent anyone from doing anything...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2016 7:32 am UTC

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In chapter 3, Jonas recalls the first time he experienced the Capacity to See Beyond. One day, Jonas and Asher were playing catch with an apple during recreation period when he witnessed the apple...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2018 9:11 pm UTC

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In addition to personification and onomatopoeia, there are several other instances of figurative language in this chapter. For example, when the Giver says to Jonas, "I cannot shield you forever,"...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 3:59 pm UTC

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When the Giver's daughter Rosemary was released, it was a "disaster" for the Community. All the memories that she had received up to that time, good and bad, were transferred to them. Rosemary...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009 2:34 am UTC

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The relationship that Jonas has with The Giver is very different than his other relationships. All of Jonas’s other relationships revolve around careful behavior designed to keep distance between...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011 9:54 am UTC

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The pilot from Chapter 1 is going to be released from the community because his mistake was so egregious to the community that punishment by release ensures that he will never make the mistake...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2017 4:16 pm UTC

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In chapter three, Jonas recalls a time when he was indirectly chastised over the announcements for taking an apple home from the recreation area, which is against the community's rules. When Jonas...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2019 12:48 pm UTC

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Jonas and the Giver are both attentive to the needs of their society, paying attention to the details that no one else seems to notice. In the beginning of the novel, Jonas is quite concerned...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:15 am UTC

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Jonas says, "it isn't fair that nothing has color!" in Chapter thirteen. The Giver then asks him to explain what he means by that, and Jonas replies with the following: "If everything's the same,...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 12:31 am UTC

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In my opinion, the mood in this book changes as the book goes along. At the start of the book, it is a mood of mystery and a bit of anxiety (but not a really bad kind). Jonas is simply anxious...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2010 8:38 am UTC

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In Jonas's society that is founded on the principles of Sameness, individuality is not celebrated and citizens must conform in order to be functioning members of their austere community. It is...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018 12:08 am UTC

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Colors are considered dangerous in The Giver, just like emotions, feelings, memories and knowledge. This is because colors make people different, and the society we are introduced to previously...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2018 7:01 pm UTC

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The release as Jonas understands it in Chapter 4 is a happy occasion where a person's life is celebrated and then they are "released" to a mysterious place. Jonas feels pretty good about the idea...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2009 4:07 pm UTC

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Jonas is frightened to learn that he is allowed to lie. Throughout the structured society that Jonas lives in, citizens are forbidden to lie. At the end of...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2017 9:46 am UTC

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Jonas's dystopian community is founded on the principles of Sameness, which eliminate individuality, ensure conformity, and suppress personal freedoms. Citizens in Jonas's community must conform to...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 1:07 pm UTC

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The answer to this question can be found in chapter 3. Jonas's father has just brought home little baby Gabriel, and Lily is completely overjoyed with the baby. She thinks he is adorable. In fact,...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 3:27 pm UTC

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The answer to this is that we simply do not know what happens at the Ceremony of Two in The Giver. Some of the ceremonies are described in the book, but others are not. The Ceremony of Two is one...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2015 10:59 pm UTC

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The children are taught to be careful about language so they avoid lying. In the community where Jonas grew up, there is nothing more important than avoiding discomfort. Children are taught to...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013 8:11 pm UTC

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The capacity to “see beyond” basically means that a person is susceptible to memories. It is a special power, and it can mean different things for different people. Jonas sees colors, but The...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2011 6:48 am UTC

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