What are the 15 most important events in chronological order in The Giver?

There are many important events throughout Lois Lowry's The Giver, including Jonas's routine experiences in the community and his enlightening training sessions with the Giver. Other notable events include Jonas being selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory, his experiences receiving memories of war and Christmas, and the moment he discovers the truth about release. Another significant event is Jonas's decision to save Gabriel's life by fleeing the community and traveling to Elsewhere.

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  1. Jonas recalls feeling frightened when a jet plane accidentally flew over the community and all the citizens are instructed to remain indoors for an extended period of time before being told that the pilot will be released.
  2. Jonas's father brings home a newchild named Gabriel, who has pale eyes like...

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  1. Jonas recalls feeling frightened when a jet plane accidentally flew over the community and all the citizens are instructed to remain indoors for an extended period of time before being told that the pilot will be released.
  2. Jonas's father brings home a newchild named Gabriel, who has pale eyes like Jonas.
  3. Jonas watches an apple mysteriously change in mid air while playing catch with Asher. He takes the apple home to examine it further but is reprimanded by the Speaker.
  4. Jonas is skipped over during the annual December Ceremony before the Chief Elder announces that he has been selected to be the community's Receiver of Memory.
  5. Jonas arrives at the Annex, where he begins his first training session with the Giver, who transfers the fun memory of sled riding down a snowy hill.
  6. The Giver explains to Jonas the Capacity to See Beyond, and Jonas recognizes that he has been seeing the color red.
  7. Jonas begins to question Sameness after seeing colors and argues that the citizens should have the ability to make personal choices.
  8. Jonas receives the painful memory of war, which is traumatic and disturbing.
  9. Jonas receives the pleasant memory of a family gathering for Christmas and experiences the feeling of love for the first time.
  10. The Giver tells Jonas the story of Rosemary, who was the previous Receiver of Memory. Rosemary could not endure the pain and requested to be released. Her memories spread throughout the community, causing chaos and grief.
  11. The Giver makes Jonas watch a video recording of a release ceremony. Jonas watches his father lethally inject an infant. Jonas is disturbed and extremely upset after discovering the truth about release.
  12. The Giver and Jonas make a plan for him to flee the community in order to permanently alter their society and eradicate Sameness.
  13. Jonas learns that Gabriel will be released the next day, abandons their previous plan, and flees the community with him.
  14. Jonas and Gabriel hide from the community's search planes during their journey, and Jonas transfers warm, comforting memories to Gabriel to settle him down as they approach Elsewhere.
  15. Once Jonas and Gabriel reach Elsewhere, they find a sled at the top of a snowy hill and ride down the hill towards a small village.
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1. Two jets unexpectedly fly over the community, which startles the citizens. An announcement is made that the pilots will be "released."

2. Jonas tells his parents about his sexual dream and begins taking pills to suppress the Stirrings.

3. Jonas sees the color red while using an apple to play catch with Asher. However, he does not understand that it is actually his Capacity to See Beyond.

4. Jonas is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory during the Ceremony of Twelve. 

5. Jonas reads his rules/instructions for being the Receiver of Memory and learns that he is allowed to lie.

6. On Jonas's first day on Assignment, he travels to the Giver's dwelling which is elaborately decorated inside and filled with books.

7. The Giver transfers the first memory of a downhill sled ride to Jonas.

8. Jonas receives his first painful memory of sunburn.

9. Jonas sees Fiona's red hair and asks the Giver to explain this phenomenon. Jonas learns this is his Capacity to See Beyond. 

10. Jonas experiences memories of physical pain, such as breaking his leg. The Giver then explains to Jonas the importance of his job as a Receiver, which is to inform the committee when called upon.

11. Jonas experiences memories of war and love. He then engages in his first rebellious act by throwing away his pills for the Stirrings.

12. The Giver shares Rosemary's story with Jonas.

13. Jonas witnesses his father "release" a newborn twin baby for the first time. Jonas is both shocked and appalled to discover the truth behind the term "release."

14. Jonas takes Gabriel with him as they escape the community. He leaves the Giver behind to help the citizens with the difficult task of dealing with painful memories.

15. Jonas and Gabriel traverse the rough landscape of Elsewhere. They end up riding a sled down a snowy hill to a comfortable home where a family resides.

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These are the 15 most important events in The Giver.

1. Jonas remembers the plane flying overhead when he thinks about the Ceremony of Twelve.  This is important because it foreshadows trouble for Jonas.

2. Jonas’s father brings home a Newchild named Gabe for extra nurturing.  Gabe and Jonas both have pale eyes.

3. Jonas is chosen Receiver of Memory at the ceremony.

4. Jonas is given his instructions, which forbid him from telling dreams, taking pills for Stirrings, or talking about his work, but do allow him to lie.

5. Jonas begins training with The Giver, which consists of receiving memories.

"It's the memories of the whole world," he said with a sigh. "Before you, before me, before the previous Receiver, and generations before him." (ch 10, p. 77)

6. Jonas learns that there is something special about his having light eyes.  The Giver has them too.  So does Gabe.  They are linked.

7. Jonas learns about emotions from the memories, including love and war.

8. Jonas begins to realize he is different. He tries to get his friend Asher to stop playing war games. Asher is annoyed.   He asks his parents if they love him and is chided for using imprecise language.

"Your father means that you used a very generalized word, so meaningless that it's become almost obsolete," his mother explained carefully. (ch 16, p. 127)

9. Jonas begins transmitting memories to Gabe to calm him.  Gabe still cannot sleep through the night.

10. Jonas asks to see a Release ceremony. He watches his father kill a newborn infant just because it was the smaller one of a pair of twins.

11. Jonas refuses to go home. The Giver tells him things can be different, and the two hatch a plan for Jonas’s escape.

12. Jonas and The Giver prepare carefully for his escape.  Jonas will sneak out in The Giver’s vehicle.

13. Jonas finds out that Gabe is scheduled to be released.  He decides to leave early.

14. Jonas steals his father’s bicycle and heads for Elsewhere.  He evades search planes by using memories and catches his own food.

15. Jonas and Gabe reach snow.  They are very weak.  They stop. They may or may not reach Elsewhere.

Lowry, Lois (1993-04-26). The Giver (Newbery Medal Book). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.

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