In The Giver, how do Jonas's actions show he is "apprehensive" about the Ceremony of Twelve?

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Jonas's actions show that he is apprehensive about the upcoming Ceremony of Twelve because he is contemplating his past experiences in order to accurately describe his emotions and shuttering with nerves when he contemplates the ceremony. Jonas also reveals his apprehension through his reticence to express his emotions during the evening telling of feelings and his difficulty paying attention to the experiences of his family members.

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At the beginning of the story, Jonas contemplates the upcoming December Ceremony, which is when he will receive his Assignment. Jonas reveals that he is apprehensive about the upcoming ceremony by searching for the correct word to accurately describe his complex emotions and anxious feelings. As Jonas rides his bike home, he attempts to articulate his emotions by recalling several frightening experiences. However, Jonas's memories do not accurately describe his current feelings. When he arrives home, the narrator reveals Jonas's apprehension by mentioning that he experiences "a little shudder of nervousness" when he thinks about what might happen at the ceremony.

During the evening "telling of feelings," Jonas once again reveals his apprehension by allowing Lily to express her emotions first in order to sift through his complicated emotions. Jonas is not eager to share his feelings regarding the ceremony and his apprehension is revealed by his silence and reticence to express his emotions. As Lily shares her feelings with the family, Jonas listens politely but "not very attentively." Jonas then listens to his father and mother describe their feelings before finally elaborating on his apprehension regarding the upcoming ceremony. Jonas's parents try their best to calm his nerves and ease his concerns regarding the ceremony. However, Jonas remains apprehensive because he has no idea what assignment he will be genuinely interested in and is completely uncertain about his future.

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In The Giver, how does Jonas feel at the start of the Ceremony of Twelve and when his number is skipped?

Jonas is in good spirits in chapter 6 as the family prepares for the ceremony.  He jokes with his sister and waves to his father.  He also ponders Gabe’s fate and the finality of release.  By lunchtime, he is feeling nervous.

Yesterday there had been merriment at lunch, a lot of teasing and energy. But today the group stood anxiously, separate from the other children. (p. 47)

The elevens are already being separated out from the children, on their way to adulthood.  They share myths and rumors about assignments.  When the ceremony begins, Jonas watches with attention and is relieved when others get assignments he did not want.  When his number comes up, his name is not called.  Instead, number twenty is called after number 18.  Everyone is embarrassed and confused. 

He hunched his shoulders and tried to make himself smaller in the seat. He wanted to disappear, to fade away, not to exist. He didn't dare to turn and find his parents in the crowd. He couldn't bear to see their faces darkened with shame.

Jonas bowed his head and searched through his mind. What had he done wrong? (p. 58)

Jonas wonders what he did wrong.  The ceremony continues until the Chief Elder apologizes to Jonas and tells everyone that he was selected as Receiver of Memory.  Up until that moment, Jonas still thought he had done something wrong.  Jonas doesn’t understand what this means at first.  As she’s describing his required qualities, he sees the faces in the crowd change.

"I think it's true," he told the Chief Elder and the community. "I don't understand it yet. I don't know what it is. But sometimes I see something. And maybe it's beyond." (p. 64)

Jonas is grateful and proud, but at the same time he is worried about his future.

But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his selection meant. He did not know what he was to become. (p. 64)

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