Directions: After reading EACH chapter, chooseONE question from each chapter and find the quote and page number (citation) from the book. Create a double-column format (like the Outside Reading Project) and write the quotes in the left column, the questions and answers in the second column. This will be kept in your writing notebooks and checked periodically for completeness, thought, and analysis.
Chapter 1 “No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen.” (Lowry 1).
Question #3 Why is Jonas so “careful about language”? How important is it to choose “just the right words” in our society? Explain your answer.
Answer: Jonas is careful with his words because he lives in a community where emotions are supposed to be removed from people’s psyche, therefore logic and precision with language are one of the only means of controlling one’s self. Speaking tactfully is a skill many people have difficulty learning in our own society, and emotions are almost impossible to extract from most situations. However, I believe self-control is still a big part of growing up and adolescents must learn how to control their words if they expect to become someone others take seriously.
Chapter 2 “Well, it’s the last of the Ceremonies, as you know. After twelve, age isn’t important.” (Lowry 17).
Question #2 What is so important about the “ceremony of twelve”?
Answer: The Ceremony of Twelve is when all of the twelve-year-olds receive their assignments which are handed out by the elders of the community. They have been watching them and studying what they are good at since they were born. Some “assignments” are more desired than others, and it is also the point at which age no longer matters. When kids turn 13, it’s almost like a rite of passage, and again at 16, because they are eligible to get a driver’s license.
What do you think of Jonas’s community? What words might you use to describe it? Give reasons for your answers.
What rules and punishments are used in Jonas’s society? How does Jonas feel about the rules?
Why is Jonas so “careful about language”? How important is it to choose “just the right words” in our society? Explain your answer.
How would you feel if your family had “telling of feelings” after dinner every night?
What do you think happens when someone is released?
There are two instances of rule-breaking in this chapter. Consider each one. Do you feel the punishment was justified? Explain your reasoning.
Why were the rules “very hard to change”?
What is so important about the “ceremony of twelve”?
What kind of job do you think Jonas will get? Explain your reasoning.
If some older people in your community were to observe you, what job do you think they would give you and why?
To what extent are people all the same in this society? How are differences treated?
Why do you think mirrors were “rare”?
Why do you think the author uses four paragraphs in the beginning of this chapter to discuss the subject of pale eyes and ends the chapter with the same subject?
What is a “birthmother”? How is this different from the concept of mothering in our world?
What does the colorless shade of the tunics and the apple tell you about the people in this book? What do you think happened with the apple?
In what areas of life do the members of the community have free choice? What areas of their lives are tightly controlled?
Do you think the rule against bragging is a good one? Why or why not?
What advantages and disadvantages does Jonas see in the way he decides to spend his volunteer hours?
What similarities are there between the new children and the Old?
What do you think about release now?
What do you think of the morning “dream telling” ritual?
At one point, the clean-up of meals is referred to in this chapter. How do you think the meals are prepared and served? Explain the reasons why you think as you do.
Explain in your own words why Jonas must start taking a pill every day. What effect do you think the pills will have on him?
Why do you think “Stirrings” are treated with pills in this community?
Why are the rules always printed in capital letters?
What do you think of the pledge the family has to sign about Gabriel? Why, according to the narrator, would it have been sad if they had to release Gabriel? What do you think of this?
What is interdependence?
Does the community’s explanation of the difference between release and loss make sense to you? Explain your answer.
Draw a picture of one of the Ceremonies described in this chapter.
Do you think it would be possible in our world to have a match-making service with a 100% success rate like the one in the community? Why or why not?
What do you think about the ritual of thanking people -- for example for their feelings, their dreams, and their childhood?
If you were involved in the Ceremony of Twelve, what would you like most about it? What would you like least?
Do the assignments given out seem appropriate to you? Explain.
What does the story of Asher’s mistake at the age of three show you about the community
Why do you think the Chief Elder skips Jonas? Give as many possible reasons as you can.
What does Jonas notice that is unusual about The Receiver? What meaning do you find in this?
Ten years before, the Committee of Elders failed in their selection of a Receiver. What else happened ten years before? In what way might the two events be connected? Explain your thinking.
What do you think a Receiver of Memory might do? Do you know of any other cultures that had anyone who might have been called a Receiver of Memory? Explain your answer.
Jonas cannot understand how someone would have trouble fitting into his community – which achieves order by enforcing sameness. How does the sameness in the community also create unity?
Imagine that you are Jonas. What questions do you want to ask The Receiver when you meet him?
How do people start to treat Jonas now that he is the new Receiver?
What do you think might have happened to the female Receiver?
Why is Jonas puzzled by the rules he was given for training?
If the community believes that everyone must use precise language because it is important to be truthful in the society, what could be the reasons behind Jonas’s rules?
Do you think other members of the community might lie? Explain your thinking.
What does Jonas find strange about the Receiver’s dwelling?
Why is The Giver allowed to have many books while the other members of the community are only allowed three? How are books and memory related?
How does The Receiver transmit memories to Jonas?
Why do you think Jonas does not know what the words sled, snow, and downhill mean?
Why does Jonas have no concept of pain? How would your life be different if you had never experienced pain?
Why do you think Jonas must experience the memories rather than just hear about them?
Why do you think The Receiver was a little sad after the first day of training?
Why does The Giver say “to have memories is a burden”? How does it ease the burden of the Giver to transmit memories to Jonas.
Why do you think Jonas’s world eliminated sun, hills, and snow?
In what ways do we preserve memories in our society?
How does Jonas’s answer to his mother’s question about his sleep and dreams revel a change in him?
What do you imagine the change is that Jonas sees in Fiona’s hair and in the faces of the audience and the apple?
Why do you think people in the book do not see colors? How has the absence of color helped this society? How has it harmed it?
What do you think might be very different in the world if people had only one-generation memories?
At this point in the book, what are your feelings about Sameness in the community?
In Chapter 12, The Giver revealed that he agreed with Jonas about Sameness. Which of his statements in this chapter show his dislike of Sameness? Which statements seem to state the opposite view? Explain your answers.
How did you react to the section about elephants in this chapter? What do you think happened to all the elephants in the world?
What do you think The Giver means when he says, “without the memories, it’s all meaningless”? Do you agree with him? Explain.
When children grow up into adults, what happens to their parents in Jonas’s world? Why? How do you feel about this arrangement? Explain.
What do you think the answers to Janas’s questions about Elsewhere?
How does The Giver help Jonas come to terms with the meaning of pain? How does Jonas change as he experiences more pain?
Do you think it’s better to share sorrows or for each person to try and bear his/her own pain? Explain your answer.
Why do you think one of the set of identical twins is always released?
How did Jonas give Gabriel a memory?
Why do you think Jonas was able to transmit a memory to Gabriel when he couldn’t with Asher, Lily, or his father?
How is Jonas now a Giver?
How does Jonas help The Giver in this chapter?
How does this chapter affect your view of whether it is better to share memories or bear them alone?
Do you think The Giver needs to ask Jonas’s forgiveness? If you were Jonas, what would you have said in response to The Giver’s request for forgiveness? Why?
How do you think Jonas will feel about The Giver and his Assignment now?
How does Jonas learn of love?
What clues help you to infer what the unnamed celebration was? When were you certain?
Compare the treatment of the Old in the community to their treatment in the family scene Jonas receives as a memory. In your opinion, which shows more care and respect for the aged? Explain your thinking.
Do you agree with Jonas that living the way they did in the memory was dangerous? Why or why not?
What provokes Jonas’s first lie to his parents?
Why does Jonas need to learn the joy of being an individual (special, unique, and proud)?
How are Jonas’s feelings different from his family’s feelings?
How is Jonas’s reaction to the children’s game of war a turning point in Jonas’s experience?
What does father’s certainty about the birthday of the twins reveal about how births are handled in the community?
Everyone seems to accept the idea of releasing a twin simply because it’s a twin in a matter of fact way. How do you feel about this attitude?
Who was Rosemary and what happened to her? Do you think she was brave or cowardly? Why?
Contrast The Giver’s feelings for Jonas with Mother’s and Father’s feelings for Jonas.
What do you think The Giver means when he says ,”Memories are forever”?
What do you think The Giver is thinking about when the narrator says that he is “obviously thinking”?
Why is The Receiver’s job so important in the community? What should happen if The Receiver should die?
What shocked Jonas when he viewed his father “releasing” one of the newborn twins?
When did you realize what the word “release” means? What clues helped you to come to that conclusion?
What did Jonas learn about the community’s prohibition (rule) against lying?
What do you think Jonas will do now?
What do you think The Giver means when he says, “They know nothing”? Do you agree? Explain.
Do you agree now with the statement that “memories need to be shared”? Explain why you do or do not?
Now what do you think pale eyes signify? Explain how you came to that conclusion.
How did The Giver and Jonas plan to change the society in the book?
Why did The Giver decide to stay behind to help the community? Do you think he made the right decision? Why or why not?
Why does Jonas feel that he must leave earlier than planned?
How do you feel about Father when he is so calm and sweet when he talks about Gabe’s release?
What would have happened to Jonas and Gabe if the searchers caught them? Explain your answer.
What do you think happened in the community the day that Jonas left? What do you think The Giver did?
Why do you think the planes stopped?
What new things, images, and feelings do Jonas and Gab experience in this chapter?
If Jonas and Gabriel starve, will their efforts have been worth it in your opinion? Explain your thinking.
Why does the book say, “he had made the wrong choice” and a few lines later say “there had not really been a choice”? How might you explain these contradictory statements?
What could have brought Jonas to the point where he could cry for Gabriel but not for himself?
What do you think will happen next?
Jonas has a feeling that Elsewhere is near, even though he has no solid evidence. Have you ever had a similar experience? Explain what happened.
How does the content of Jonas’s memories change as he approaches the summit of the hill?
What does it mean that Jonas found a memory of his own?
What questions did the author leave unanswered at the end of the book?
How did you interpret the end of this book?
Chad J. DeWolf is an educator at Madison County Middle School (Comer, GA) in the Madison County School District (Danielsville, GA). This website is not affiliated with MCMS or MCSD. ETS is used as an educational tool for anyone interested and should be viewed as a resource for an awesome online learning experience.