What two things did the committee consider when giving children their life assignments in The Giver?

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Mainly, what we are told is that the committee looks at what the kids who were about to be twelves did in their volunteer time and also in their recreational time.

For example, we are told in Chapter 2 about the assingments of some of the friends that Jonas's dad had when he was younger.  The Elders watched him and saw that he spent his recreation time with a construction set.  They saw that all his volunteer hours were spent at building sites.  Because of that, they knew he should be an engineer.

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