Chapter 6

 

 

 

1.  What did the children who became Sevens

 

 get at the ceremony?

 

 

They got a front-buttoned jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Why wasn’t Gabriel at the Naming?

 

 

He was granted an additional year of

 

 

nurturing before his Naming and Placement,

 

 

so he's back at the Nurturing Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  What was the Ceremony of Loss?

 

 

They murmur the name of the lost (Caleb) an

 

 

entire day, less and less frequently and softer

 

 

in volume, until it fades gradually from

 

 

everyone's consciousness.

 

 

 

 

 

4.  Where do the members of the community

 

 

 believe those who are released go?

 

 

They go Elsewhere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  What happens to Tens and Elevens at the

 

 

 ceremony?

 

 

 

The Tens have their hair cut. The Elevens get

 

 

new clothing: different undergarments for

 

 

females and longer trousers for the males.

 

 

 

 

 

6.  How do people get spouses and children?

 

 

 

 

An adult must first apply for a spouse. The

 

 

Committee of Elders match them because the

 

 

spouses must balance each other.  Three

 

 

years later, they can apply for children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 7

 

1.  What is Jonas’ number? 19  How are they

 

 assigned numbers?

 

 

 

 In order of birth; Jonas was the 19th to be

 

 born.

 

 

 

 

2.  How were small children punished? by

 

 

smacks with a discipline wand: one quick

 

 

smack across the hands for a minor offense

 

 

and three sharper smacks on the bare legs

 

 

for a second offense.

 

 

 

 

3.  What is Asher’s assignment?

 

 

Assistant Director of Recreation

 

 

 

 

4.  Explain what is meant by “Thank you for

 

 

 your childhood.”  p.56

 

   

It means that they're not children anymore;

 

 

 they will start training for their adult job.

 

 

 

 

5.  Why do you think Jonas was skipped?

 

 

Answers may vary.

 

 

 

Chapter 8

 

1.  What is the difference between “assigned”

 

 

 

 and “selected”?

 

 

The Committee of Elders assigns a job after

 

 

careful observation and continues to observe

 

 

the Twelves during the training; if a behaviour

 

 

needs to be changed, they can modify it.

 

 

Jonas was selected; he was chosen. The

 

 

Committee cannot make a mistake in their

 

 

choice because the Receiver can't be

 

 

observed during his training.

 

 

 

2.  What is Jonas selected to do?

 

Receiver of Memory.

 

3.  What qualities does Jonas have that will

 

 help him in his assignment?  

 

Intelligence, integrity, courage, brave, wisdom

 

and the Capacity to see Beyond.

 

 

 

 

4.  What is “the capacity to see beyond”?

 

 

The capacity to see things change.

 

 

 

Chapter 9

 

1.  In this chapter, Jonas receives his rules.

 

 

  What does he think of each rule?

 

 

* When he leaves school, he must go directly

 

 

 to the Annex and when his training is

 

 

 finished,he must go directly to his house.

 

 

 Reaction: no time for recreation!!  what will

 

 

 happen to friendship?

 

 

 

* he can be rude; can ask any question he

 

 

 wants.

 

 

Reaction: it never came to his mind he could

 

 

 be rude because he's accustomed to

 

 

 courtesy.

 

 

 

* He's not allowed to discuss his training.

 

 

 

*He's prohibited of dream-telling.

 

 

Reaction: he's glad to be excused form it.

 

 

 

 

* He can't apply for medication if it is related to

 

 

 

the training; if not related to, he can ask for it.

 

 

 

Reaction: he's relieved that he can ask for it.

 

 

 

 

* He can't apply for release.

 

 

Reaction: none

 

 

 

* He may lie.

 

 

Reaction: What if Twelves all received the

 

same rule?  How can one know if the answer

 

is true??

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10

 

 

 

1.  How is Jonas treated by the secretary?

 

 

 With respect. She stood to welcome him.

 

 

 

 

2.  What is different at the Receiver’s home? 

 

 

(whole chapter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.  What is the Giver’s job?

 

 

The Giver holds the memories of the whole

 

 

world.

 

 

What must he give Jonas?

 

He must transmit these memories to Jonas

 

 

 

 

 

Page 78, what does this mean: “I am so

 

 

weighted with them.”?

 

 

 He is burdened by them. They are hard for

 

 him to support (memories of pain, suffering,

 

 war, love..)