The Giver Study Guide

What was Jonas’s Assignment? Why was it important and unusual? The New Receiver of Memory because the Receiver is the keeper of memories and it’s unusually because they never expected Jonas to be it
What were the four qualities the Chief Elder said the Receiver of Memory must have? Intelligence,, Courage, wisdom & the capacity to see beyond
What happened when Jonas was looking out at the crowd? he saw an elder separated from the other elders & he saw that he had a beard, was wrinkled, and was wearing the same sort of clothes the other elder-states were wearing, he also saw that the audience changed just like the apple
Did Jonas agree or disagree with the committee’s choice of him as the new Receiver? he disagreed at first, but he ended up like that he was selected
What happened the last time a new Receiver had been chosen? he failed to be the new Receiver of Memory…
From what rules was Jonas exempted? Go immediately at the end of school hours each day to the Annex entrance behind the House of Old and present yourself to the attendant; go immediately to your dwelling at the conclusion of Training Hours each day; from this moment you are exempted from rules governing rudeness. You may ask any questions of any citizen and you will receive answers; do not discuss your training with any other member of the community, including parents and Elders; from this moment you are prohibited from dream-telling; except for illness or injury unrelated to your training, do not apply for any medication; you are not permitted to apply for release; you may lie…
What was Jonas prohibited from doing? dream-telling…
What was he allowed to do that the had not been allowed to do before? lie…
What was the biggest difference in the Receiver of Memory’s dwelling? the furniture, bed, table, and desk were different/fabric on the furniture, the table legs were curved instead of straight, the bed was draped splendid cloth embroidered on its entire surface…
What memories did the Receiver of Memory say he had to transmit to Jonas? snow, sled, downhill & runners…
What was the first memory the Receiver said he would give to Jonas? snow
Describe Jonas’s consciousness while he received the memory. he felt the coldness of the air and he was siting on the sled, and he was filled with energy
What words or concepts did Jonas experience? snow, sled, downhill, runners, sunshine & sunburn
What happened to the old man’s memory of the ride on the sled after he transmitted it to Jonas? he no longer had it; it was Jonas’s now
What kind of questions did Jonas ask about snow, sleds, and hills? What was the old man’s answer? What was Jonas’s response? “Why don’t we have snow and sleds, and hills?”; “climate control”; they went to Sameness; he wishes that they still had those
Jonas thought the Receiver of Memory had power. What did the old man tell him? that he had great honor not power
What did the old man tell Jonas to call him? why? the Giver; he gives the memories and Jonas receives them
Describe Jonas’s experiences of “seeing beyond.” when this “seeing beyond” occurs he sees the color red, but he doesn’t know that there are colors
What was happening when Jonas “saw beyond?” Why was it important? he saw the color red; because no one in the community, except the Giver, can see the color red
Could the other people in the Community see colors? If not, why not? no; they did have the capacity to see beyond
Summarize the conversation between Jonas and The Giver about choices. Jonas said if everything was the same there are no choices, that he wants to decide things
The Giver explained why the people needed a Receiver Of Memory. What were the reasons? because the Elderly need advice and the Giver could give them advice with is memories
Jonas asked what made The Giver suffer. What memory did The Giver Transmit to explain it? When Jonas broke his leg going down the hill
What did Jonas realize about his family after his session with The Giver? they have never known pain
Jonas asked why he and The Giver had to hold the memories. What was the Giver’s answer? What was his example? the committee of Elders need his advice and he uses his memories to help them; he said the strongest memory that came was hunger and that the population got so big that hunger was everywhere. It was followed by warfare
What did Jonas want to do about the memories and the traditional way of doing things? he wanted everyone to have the memories; he wanted to change that they people want to lift a burden from themselves
How did Jonas help Gabriel get to sleep? he gave a memory to him
What pain did The Giver ask Jonas to take in Chapter 15? the pain of warfare
How did Jonas feel about being the Receiver at the beginning of Ch 16? he didn’t want the memories, honor, wisdom, & pain
Describe The Giver’s favorite memory that he gave to Jonas. How did Jonas feel about it? it was the memory of a family sitting and opening presents and the feeling of love, happiness, and warmth
What question did Jonas ask his parents after his session with The Giver? What was their answer? What was his reactions? he asked his parents if they loved him; they responded with a bunch of different questions he could asked; he lied to his parents by telling them he understood why it was inappropriate to say the word love
Jonas did something different the next morning. What was it? he threw his pills away
Describe Jonas’s new level of feelings and what caused them. he stopped taking his medication and was getting all the memories
What was Father’s responsibility when twins were born? he had to pick which twin to release
How did Jonas feel about becoming the new Receiver? he was not looking forward to it
What was the name of the Receiver-to-be who was selected before Jonas? Rosemary
What happened to the Receiver-to-be who was selected before Jonas? she asked to be released
What happened to the Community after the incident with the Receiver-to-be? memories were released and caused chaos
Jonas and The Giver discussed the effects to the Community if Jonas would be lost. What did they think would happen? released memories and the community would be able to get through them with the Givers help
Describe the release of the newchild. Jonas’ father injected the baby with a solution and put it in a chute
What did Jonas realize as he watched the tape of the release? his father killed children and showed no emotion
How did Jonas react after he watched the release? he cried
What did The Giver tell Jonas he had realized about the memories? they need to be shared with everyone.
Describe The Giver’s ideas on changing things. If Jonas escapes to elsewhere the memories would be shared with the community and the Giver would help the community
The Giver offered a very special memory to Jonas. What was it, and what was Jonas’s response to the offer? music; Jonas said the Giver should keep at least one favorite memory
Jonas asked The Giver to escape with him. What was The Giver’s reply? He had stay to help the people
What did Jonas do instead of the original escape plan, and why? he left at midnight because he knew leftover collectors would be done
Describe the escape. Jonas took his father’s bike, food, and Gabriel with him because he knew Gab was going to get released
Describe the changes in the landscape. there were many trees, they were starting to see wildlife and the road got bumpy
What was the strongest fear that Jonas had during this past part of the journey? they would starve
How did the story end? Jonas and Gabriel get to elsewhere

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