What is unique about the Annex in the book The Giver?  

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cburr | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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In many ways, the Annex is the embodiment of what was before the time of Sameness.

It offers privacy to the Receiver of Memory is several ways:  it has a lock, a buzzer on the door, and there is an on/off switch on the speaker. 

It also has information.  Unlike the highly restricted reading elsewhere in the community, there are books, books and more books in the Annex on tons of subjects. 

The furnishings in the Annex are more comfortable and luxurious.

Of course, what happens in the Annex is unique, as the Giver passes on memories of all that has been removed to the new Receiver of Memory, in this case Jonas.  Accordingly, the Annex has joy, pain, color and many other experiences.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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When Jonas becomes 12 it is time for his assignment.  However, during the selection Jonas is passed over until last.  He is nervous and scared, but finally the Chief Elder announced her apologies and told Jonas to come to the front.  He was selected to be the new receiver/giver in training.  He was to report to the Annex.  In chapter 10, when he shows up at the Annex, he has to ring a bell and the door is unlatched.  Again when he is to enter the training room of the Giver, the door is locked. This is very unique, because in the whole community, no doors are locked.  The assistant explains that the door to the Annex remains locked to give the Giver his privacy.

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thegiver | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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Answer:The first difference Jonas noticed is that the door to the Reciever's room was locked. Once he got into the Reciever's room he notices that the furniture is different from the furniture Jonas had seen in the community. He also notices many books which he never knew exsisted lining the walls