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A politician holding high office, after reading The Giver, decides that new laws should be passed outlawing cultish communities. These laws will also affect traditional communities, such as the Amish and the Bruderhof. As an attorney you are engaged by such communities to help defend their continuing existence. Prepare your defense.

After collecting as many examples of attempts to build Utopia as you can find (these should include both practical attempts, and fictional representations), plot them on a world map and on a timeline to determine whether they tend to occur in clusters.

You are a television documentary producer. You have been asked to produce an outline for a 60-minute program on the subject of euthanasia, or voluntary suicide. Your professional brief requires you to present a balance of opinion, but as an individual you have very definite views. In your outline, you must construct the hour-long program so that you will be able to defend it in terms of balance, but in such a way that the balance of opinion supports your own beliefs.

A dramatization of The Giver is to be shown on prime-time TV. Advertisers seem reluctant to sign up for the commercial breaks. As the advertising sales executive for the TV company, identify the manufacturers and service providers who might be interested in purchasing ads. Also identify creative links that could be made with the movie and their products and services.

You are a medical practitioner in the community of The Giver. You discover that the pills taken to eradicate sexual longing ("Stirrings") have serious, indeed fatal, side effects in later life. The Elders receive your report. Write an account of the debate which follows.

You are directing a movie version of The Giver. Tomorrow you will be filming the Ceremony, closely following the description in Chapters 6 and 7. How will you plan the camera-shot sequence for each stage of the Ceremony?

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