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What things do Jonas's parents reassure him about in chapter 2?

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In chapter one, Jonas expresses his concerns about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve and admits to his parents that he is feeling "apprehensive." Jonas fears that he will be given an assignment that he does not enjoy and is afraid that the Committee of Elders will make a mistake while selecting his assignment. In chapter two, Jonas's parents recall their experiences when they were Jonas's age and remember how they felt before the Ceremony of Twelve. Jonas's parents both assure him that he has nothing to worry about and tell him that the Committee of Elders will surely give him the appropriate, ideal assignment. Jonas's father mentions that he had a good idea of his assignment before the ceremony began, because he spent the majority of his volunteer hours in the nursery with the infants. Jonas's mother explains to her son that the Committee of Elders' decision-making process is painstaking and that it is rare for an adolescent to not be pleased with their assignment. Despite their encouraging words, Jonas remains apprehensive and is unsure what his assignment will be. During the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is shocked and confused when he is given the assignment to become the community's next Receiver of Memory.

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Mainly, they reassure him about the fact that he will get assigned some sort of a job when it comes to his Ceremony of Twelves.  He has been worrying that he will not be picked for any job because he is not really sure what he's good at.  They also reassure him that life will still go on after the Ceremony.  He is worried because it is the end of childhood and that makes him nervous.

At the end of Chapter 1, he tells them that he is apprehensive about this ceremony.  They spend Chapter 2 talking to him and reassuring him that everything will be fine.

He feels better, but still has no idea what his assignment will be.

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