Which of Jonas's rules disturb him in The Giver?

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In chapter 9, Jonas reads the rules of his assignment and is unnerved by the rule that prohibits him from taking any medication for pain that is related to his training. Jonas has never before experienced excruciating pain and is worried about the impending pain that he will soon experience during his training. The rules regarding being exempt from rudeness and dream-telling do not bother him, and he has never even thought about applying for release. However, rule number eight, which gives Jonas the permission to lie, does disturb him. Jonas fully understands the importance of precise language and honesty in his community and is astonished to read the final rule, which gives him the permission to lie. Jonas's mind begins to wander, and he immediately feels empowered to ask numerous questions of the adult community members about whether or not they also have permission to lie.

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Jonas is disturbed by the rule that he can lie, because no one in the community is supposed to lie and he begins to wonder if some of them can after all.

When Jonas receives his one page of instructions during the Ceremony of Twelve, he is “stunned.”  He learns that he will not have free time, and he is exempted from rules governing rudeness.  Yet while the exemption from rudeness “startled him” and the restriction from medication “unnerved him,” it was really the rule about lying that disturbed him.

His mind reeled. Now, empowered to ask questions of utmost rudeness—and promised answers—he could, conceivably (though it was almost unimaginable), ask someone, some adult, his father perhaps: "Do you lie?" (ch 9)

Jonas is concerned because the permission to lie shakes the foundation of his beliefs about his community. He realizes that there is no way he can really know if anyone who answers his question about lying is actually telling the truth.

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

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