The cliffhanger at the end of Chapter 2 concerns Jonas's upcoming assignment that he will be given during the Ceremony of Twelve. In Chapter 1, Jonas is apprehensive and worried about the upcoming ceremony because he has no idea what occupation the Committee of Elders will assign him. In Chapter 2, Jonas's parents attempt to calm his nerves and reassure him that everything will work out perfect because the Committee of Elders knows exactly what they're doing. However, Jonas does not have a specific preference for his future occupation, which is why he is so anxious. The fact that Jonas is still unsure about his future assignment is the cliffhanger at the end of chapter 2. In Jonas's structured community, independent choice does not exist, and every significant decision is made by the Committee of Elders. Later on in the novel, Jonas receives his assignment and is selected to be the community's next Receiver of Memory because he possesses the Capacity to See Beyond.