What are the rules in The Giver with page numbers?

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There are a plethora of rules that Jonas and the other citizens must follow. Again, page numbers will vary given the edition of the book that you're looking at so the rules will be listed by chapter:

Chapter One

  1. Pilots cannot fly over the community.
  2. A public apology must be...

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There are a plethora of rules that Jonas and the other citizens must follow. Again, page numbers will vary given the edition of the book that you're looking at so the rules will be listed by chapter:

Chapter One

  1. Pilots cannot fly over the community.
  2. A public apology must be issued if a disruption is caused to the normal, everyday schedule.
  3. Family must have two "tellings": Telling of feelings at night and sharing of dreams in the morning.
  4. Precision of language must be used at all times
  5. Each family unit may only have two children, one boy and one girl.
  6. The third time someone breaks a rule, they will be released to Elsewhere.
  7. You cannot have strong feelings; you must rationalize your feelings.
  8. Those who cannot perform as they should are released.
  9. Children are grouped according to their age.

Chapter Two

  1. The names of new children must be kept secret until the Naming ceremony.
  2. Children are not allowed to ride bikes before they become nines.
  3. Children cannot have comfort objects once they become eights.
  4. All ceremonies take place in December.
  5. The rules are decided by the Elders.
  6. The Ceremony of twelve is when everyone learns of their profession.

Chapter Three

  1. Objects cannot be removed from the recreation area.
  2. Snacks cannot be hoarded.
  3. Girls under nine must keep their hair tied in ribbons at all times.

Chapter Four

  1. You cannot brag.
  2. You cannot be rude.
  3. Community members cannot look upon one another's nakedness.
  4. To receive assignment as a twelve, one must complete all volunteer hours.
  5. Eights have the freedom of choice and begin their volunteer hours.
  6. Birthmothers must bear children for three years. They can't see the children they give birth to. After the three years, they have to work in physical labor until they're released.
  7. Children cannot attend ceremonies of release.

Chapter Five

  1. Stirrings must be reported so treatment can be given.

Chapter Six

  1. Children must wear coats with buttons on the back before they are sevens.
  2. If you aren't healthy or grown enough as an infant, you're released from the community.
  3. You cannot get emotionally attached to a child
  4. Tens get haircuts.
  5. Elevens get new clothes.
  6. If you don't like your assigned job you can apply to go to Elsewhere.

Chapter Seven

  1. During the ceremony of twelves, everyone must line up in the order of the numbers they were given at birth.

Chapter Eight

  1. The community only has one Receiver at a time.
  2. The current Receiver trains his replacement.

Chapter Nine

  1. The failed Receiver's name can never be spoken in the community or used for a baby.
  2. Only the Receiver and Receiver in trainer are exempt from the rule of Rudeness and can ask anyone any questions they want.
  3. Jonas cannot share his training with anyone or share his dreams anymore.
  4. Jonas can't apply for medication if he is injured while training.
  5. Jonas can't asked to be released.
  6. Jonas is allowed to lie.

Chapter Ten

  1. All doors in the community cannot have locks except for The Giver's home.

Chapter Thirteen

  1. Jonas may apply for a spouse but he must hide things like books from his family.
  2. You cannot touch another community member.

Chapter Fourteen

  1. Jonas cannot share or transmit his memories with anyone but the Giver.

Chapter Eighteen

  1. Jonas cannot asked to be released as the Receiver.

Chapter Nineteen

  1. All ceremonies are recorded in the Hall of Records.

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The page numbers that the rules are located on are going to vary depending upon the copy/edition of the book which you own. Thus, to make this answer as consistent as possible, I will provide an outline of the rules according to the chapter that they take place in:

Chapter 1:

  • Planes may not fly over the Community. 
  • Precision of language must be used to prevent any sort of confusion. It is necessary to say exactly what one means.
  • Every family unit must have two children (one male, one female).
  • The third time someone violates a rule, he or she will be brought before the Department of Justice and released from the Community.

Chapter 2:

  • The Naming List, which lists out the names of the new children in the Community, is to be kept secret. 
  • Bicycle riding is not permitted until one becomes a Nine. 
  • Comfort objects are to be confiscated when one become an Eight.

Chapter 3:

  • Objects are not to be removed or taken home from the Recreational Center.

Chapter 4:

  • One should not brag about one's own accomplishments.
  • Volunteer hours must be completed in order to receive one's assignment as a Twelve.
  • Eights are given the freedom of choice. 
  • Members of the Community may not look at each other naked, with the exception being the elderly and new children.

Chapter 5:

  • Stirrings are to be treated with the consumption of morning medicine, and Stirrings are to be reported so that treatment may take place.

Chapter 6:

  • Fours, Fives, and Sixes are to wear jackets that button in the back.
  • Sevens are to wear jackets that button in the front.
  • Elevens are to transition into clothing appropriate for their adolescent bodies.
  • One may, technically speaking, request to be released to go Elsewhere.

Chapter 10:

  • Doors must not be locked within the Community (with the exception of The Giver's door).
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