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What are 12 major events of The Giver in chronological order?

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Before beginning, be sure that you understand that Lowry relates these "event" to birthdays in a way. A child who is born in January of the year celebrates the first event at the same ceremony as a child who was born in December of the same year.

Ceremony of One: The fifty children born in a certain year are given a name and a family unit.

The Twos, Threes, Fours, Fives, and Sixes all must wear jackets that button up the back so that they learn to depend on each other.

Ceremony of Seven: Children receive a jacket that they can button themselves.

Ceremony of Eight: The children begin their volunteer hours and girls don't have to wear hair ribbons. The children must also turn in their "comfort objects" so that new children may have them. They also wear jackets with smaller buttons and pockets which symbolize a new independence.

Ceremony of Nine: All of the children are given bicycles; many have already been taught how to ride by their older siblings.

Ceremony of Ten: The children have their hair cut.

Ceremony of Eleven: Males are given new long pants to wear, and females are given new undergarments.

Ceremony of Twelve: Each child is assigned his life's work. For example, Jonah is given the job of Receiver of Memory.

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1. Jonas starts seeing beyond (color).

2. He gets stirrings (feelings) and has to take pills to control them.

3. At the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is announced the new Receiver of Memory.

4. He receives his first memory: sledding downhill in the snow.

5. Jonas receives the memory of a colorful rainbow.

6. Seeing that the giver is not well, Jonas offers to receive the memory. He gets the memory of war and is forced to watch a comrade die slowly while feeling the awful sensation of being shot in the arm. It's the first time he's ever felt real pain.

7. He receives the amazing memory of love.

8. Jonas doesn't want to play good guys and bad guys with his friends because he is the only person that realizes that it's a game of war and he knows how horrible that can be.

9. The Giver tells Jonas about the last receiver(Rosemary)who failed and requested for release.

10. Jonas and The Giver watch his dad release a baby. Jonas is shocked, terrified, and feels betrayed at the same time.

11. Jonas is forced to escape the community at night with Gabe because he found out that Gabe was going to be released in the morning.

12. They are exhausted and starving, but finally they make their way up a snow-covered hill and see the warm glow of a little town.