The Giver

Who is Lily? Jonas’ little sister who turns eight when Jonas turns twelve. She enjoys telling stories and wats to be assigned the job of Birth Mother.
Why is Jonas frightened by the plane flying overhead? (ch. 1) It is against the rules for pilots to fly over the communtiy.
Describe Jonas’ family’s evening ritual. (ch. 1) Each family member describes a feeling and explains why he/she had that feeling.
List all the reasons that a community member can be released. (ch. 1) Newchildren are released for not developing properly; elderly people are released in a celebration of their lives; and repeat offenders are released after the third transgression.
What is the rule about family units? (ch. 1) Each family unit must have two children: one male and one female.
When do newchildren turn one? (ch. 2) Every December.
How do family units get a second newchild? (ch. 2) A newchild is given to the family at the ceremony.
What happens to the Nines at a Ceremony? (ch. 20 Nines receive a bicycle for the first time.
Who is The Receiver? (ch. 2) The Receiver is the most important Elder in the community. They receive and keep the memories of the community until the next Receiver is chosen. At this point The Receiver becomes The Giver.
What do Gabriel and Jonas have in common? (ch. 3) They both have pale eyes.
Describe the life of a Birthmother. (ch. 3) Birthmothers receive wonderful food and gentle exercise periods. They play games and amuse themselves for three years. After three years (three births), they become Laborers. They never see their children.
What happens at the release of the Old? (ch. 4) The person’s life story is told.
What is the treatment for Stirrings? (ch. 5) People take pills every morning.
Where do released members go? (ch. 6) They are sent Elsewhere and never return. Later Jonas learns that they are killed through lethal injection.
How are spouses chosen? (ch. 6) A Committee of Elders chooses the spouses for the people who apply for them.
When do spouses get children? (ch. 6) After a match has been monitored for three years, couples may apply for a child.
Who is Chief Elder? (ch. 7) She is the leader of the community. A new Chief Elder is elected every ten years.
What is Asher’s assignment? (ch. 7) Assistant Director of Recreation.
What is Fiona’s assignment? (ch. 7) Caretaker of the Old.
Why isn’t Jonas assigned? (ch. 8) He has been “selected” (not assigned) as the new Receiver of Memory.
How does the committee select a Receiver? (ch. 8) The committee makes a unanimous choice after carefully observing the candidate. Elders must have no uncertainty about the chosen individual.
What are the qualities a Receiver must have? (ch. 8) Intelligence, integrity, courage, wisdom, and the capacity to see beyond.
How does the selection make Jonas feel? Why is this an unusual feeling for him? (ch. 9) He feels different for the first time in his life because he is different. He had grown up being the same as everyone else.
What are Jonas’ new rules? (ch. 9) Jonas must go to the Annex everyday after school. He must go straight home after each day of training. He may ask any questions of anyone. He cannot talk about his training with anyone. He cannot share his dreams. He may not take medication for work-related illness or injury.He cannot apply for release.He has permission to lie.
Why does the rule about lying “terrify” Jonas? (ch. 9) He is worried that everyone else in the community may be lying.
What does the old Receiver of Memory tell Jonas to call him? (ch. 11) The Giver.
Describe the Giver. (ch. 10) He wears the special clothing that Elders wear. He wrinkled, and his light eyes are surrounded by dark circles.
What is the job of the Giver? (ch. 10) He must transmit his memories to Jonas.
Describe how the memory is given to Jonas. (ch. 11) Jonas lies down on the bed. The Giver places his hand on Jonas’ bare back.
What does Jonas perceive in the memory of snow? (ch. 11) He perceives cold air, snow, a sled, a hill, and runners.
What is the first painful memory Jonas receives? (ch. 11) Sunburn.
What happens to the Giver’s memory when he gives it to Jonas? (ch. 11) When the Giver transmits memories to Jonas, he no longer has them.
What other pleasant memory does Jonas receive? (ch.11) Sunshine.
Why do the faces change for Jonas at the Ceremony? (ch. 12) Jonas was seeing red tones in the audience members’ skin.
Why does Jonas think the lack of color is “unfair”? (ch. 13) Jonas thinks that, if people had color, they’d also have choices.
What memory does Jonas receive? (ch. 13) Jonas sees elephant poachers kill an elephant. He also watches as the surviving elephant grieves for the death of its elephant.
What happened when the previous Receiver-in-training failed? What is her name? (ch. 13) The memories she had been given were returned to the community. Her name is Rosemarie.
How is the new memory of a sled ride different? (ch. 14) Jonas has a sledding accident and injures his leg badly.
Why does Jonas feel lonely that evening? (ch. 14) Jonas feels lonely because he realizes that no one in his family has ever known pain. He can’t share the pain with them.
How does Jonas quiet Gabriel when he wakes? (ch. 14) Jonas accidentally transmits a memory to Gabe while patting him on the back and recalling the sailing memory.
What memory does the Giver give to Jonas? (ch. 15) A memory of war with carnage and bloodshed.
What does Jonas learn from the birthday memory? (ch. 16) Jonas learns how it feels to be celebrated and honored as a unique individual.
Which memory is the Giver’s favorite? (ch. 16) A Christmas memory of a family.
Which new words, concepts or emotions does Jonas learn in this memory? (ch. 16) Family, grandparents, and love.
What do Jonas’ parents tell him when he asks if they love him? (ch. 16) They tell him it is inappropriate to use a generalized and obsolete word like “love.”
What is Jonas’ first lie to his parents? (ch. 16) He lies when he says that he understands why it is inappropriate to use the word like “love.”
How does Jonas feel now about the ritual of the family members telling their feelings? (ch. 17) He thinks it is off-base. Now that he has experienced real feelings, he know that feelings cannot be told; they are felt.
What happned to the previous Receiver-to-be? (ch. 18) She received five weeks of memories. She experienced loss and loneliness and other negative feelings but no physical pain. One day after training, she hugged and kissed The Giver, and then requested the Chief Elder to be released.
Why was Rosemary’s failure a disaster? (ch. 18) The memories went back to the people and overwhelmed the community.
How is Jonas able to to watch the release after it happened? (ch. 19) He watches a recording. All private ceremonies are recorded and stored in the Hall of Closed Records.
What do you learn about Rosemary’s release in this chapter? (ch. 19) Rosemary performed her own release.
What is Rosemary’s relation to the Giver She is his daughter
What does The Giver identify as the worst part of keeping the memories? (ch. 20) The loneliness.
What finally causes The Giver to decide to make a change? (ch. 20) Jonas’ company over the past year helps The Giver realize that things must change. His question about falling into the river helps The Giver formulate a plan.
Why does The Giver need to stay in the community? (ch. 20) He needs to help the community deal with the memories so they are not thrown into chaos.
What is the plan that Jonas and The Giver have created? (ch. 20) The Giver will transfer all of his memories of courage and strength. Jonas will leave at midnight, taking an extra set of clothing. He will ride his bicycle to the river and leave the extra clothing in the bushes. Then he will go to The Giver’s dwelling. The next morning The Giver will request a vehicle. He will send the driver out on a errand, and Jonas will hide in the storage area. They will drive him out of the community. Jonas will have two weeks’ worth of food saved up for the journey. The Giver will arrive at the Ceremony to announce to the community that Jonas’ clothing and bicycle were found by the river. The Giver will lead the community in the Ceremony of Loss.
How does Jonas get Gabe to sleep? (ch. 21) He transmits a memory of a hammock swing on an island.
What was routine during Jonas and Gabe’s journey? (ch. 21) They slept during the day and rode at night. Jonas searched for water and food at night, too.
Why does Jonas give Gabe memories of snow when the planes fly overhead? (ch. 21) The planes use heat sensors to locate people. By transmitting cold memories to Gabe, Jonas can help them avoid detection.
What evidence do you have that Jonas is Elsewhere? (ch. 22) The road is changing; it is narrower and bumpier. There are more trees and a forest by the road. THe landscape is unfamiliar. They see things they have never seen before, such as a waterfall and wildlife.
What is Jonas’ biggest fear? (ch. 22) Jonas is afraid he and Gabe will starve.
What is Jonas’ feeling at the end of the chapter? (ch. 22) If he stayed, he’d be starving in other ways (emotionally).
Describe Jonas’ mother. A member of Jonas’ family who works in the Department of Justice and is in charge of ‘releasing’ members of the community.
Describe Jonas’ father. A member of Jonas’ family who works as a Nurturer looking after the newborns until they are given to a family. This person names a troubled newborn Gabriel and brings him into Jonas’s family.
Who is Gabriel? A troubled newborn who momentarily joins Jonas’ family to help him adjust. Jonas saves this person’s life before they are released.
Describe the Committee of the Elders. The group of elders who make decisions for the community such as matching spouses, assigning jobs, creating rules, and releasing community members.
What literary tech inquest is used by Lois Lowry at the end of ‘The Giver’? Cliff hanger ending
How old is Jonas when he and his classmates are assigned their jobs by the Committee of Elders? Twelve years old
What are TWO things Jonas, Gabriel, and The Giver have in common? They have pale blue eyesThey have received the communities memoriesThey have the ability to “see beyond”.
‘The Giver’ is part of what sub-genre in literature? Dystopian literature
What is a utopia? A perfect society where people live in absolute peace and tranquility.
What award does ‘The Giver’ receive in 1994? The Newbery Medal
What was the title of Lois Lowry’s first book and how old was she when she wrote it? ‘A Summer Day’She was 40 years old
Who is the person on the cover of the book? The painter Carl Nelson
How does Jonas escape his community? On a bicycle
What happens to the memories when Jonas leaves the community? They are released into the community

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