Summary & Analysis
Important Quotations Explained
Full Book Quiz
Analysis of Major Characters
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
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Full Book Quiz
. In the first chapter, why is the Pilot released from the community?
He was a spy from an enemy community
He failed to deliver his cargo of food on time
He misread his navigational instructions and frightened the community
He crashed his aircraft
. Why does Jonas decide that “apprehensive” is a better word for his feeling than “frightened”?
He wants to use more sophisticated vocabulary, since he is turning twelve soon
He thinks it expresses more precisely how he feels
He likes words that begin with vowels
His mother once used the word “apprehensive” and he admires her
What does Jonas’s mother do for a living?
She is a Nurturer
She is a Storyteller
She is a Birthmother
She works for the department of justice
Which rule is most frequently broken in Jonas’s community?
Children must not ride bicycles until they are nine
Adults and children are not allowed to look at each other naked
Aircrafts are not to be flown over the community
The names of newchildren are secret until the Naming Ceremony
. Why does Jonas’s mother discourage Lily from becoming a Birthmother?
Giving birth is dangerous, and Lily might die from the complications
Birthmothers are very lazy and never get anything done
The position holds very little honor in the society
The society is overpopulated
Why does Jonas worry about Asher’s Assignment?
Asher is easily disappointed and will probably find fault with his assignment
Asher does not seem to have any serious interests
Asher will fail at any Assignment he is given
Asher has not completed enough volunteer hours to qualify for an Assignment
. Why is Gabriel in danger of being released?
He bites the staff at the Nurturing Center
He is deformed
He is not growing fast enough and cannot sleep through the night
He smiles too much, and the staff suspects he will be abnormally gassy when he grows up
. What do the numbers assigned to each child signify?
The order of their birth
Their rank in school
The department to which they belong
Their height in inches
. Why does the Chief Elder apologize to the audience at the Ceremony of Twelve?
She is about to tell them that Jonas will be released
She has caused them anxiety about Jonas’s Assignment
Her shoes do not match her handbag
She knows they are disappointed with their children’s Assignments
How does the community react to the death of a child in the river?
They hold a candlelight vigil
They send casseroles to the child’s parents
They hold seminars to warn children to stay away from the river
They chant the child’s name over and over, each time more and more softly
. Where did the Giver get his wisdom?
From his own experience
From reading books
From memories transmitted by the previous Receiver
From a surgical operation
. Which of the following was
written on Jonas’s Assignment sheet?
You are permitted to lie
You are not permitted to apply for release
You are not permitted to apply for a spouse
You are exempted from rules governing rudeness
. What method does the Giver use to train Jonas?
He places his hands on Jonas’s bare back and gives him memories
He burns Jonas with a hot iron repeatedly until Jonas can endure pain
He teaches Jonas to read novels with a critical eye
He shows Jonas videos of events that happened in the distant past
. What are Stirrings?
Leftover pancake batter
Intense religious gatherings at which members of the community vent their suppressed emotions
The feelings that usher in the first time someone can see color
The beginnings of sexual desire
. What is the first memory Jonas receives?
A ride on a sled through falling snow
A family at Christmas
A ride on a sled resulting in a broken leg
. Why is Lily skeptical of Jonas’s story about the elephants?
She is afraid of elephants, so she thinks Jonas is just trying to scare her
Jonas is a pathological liar
Lily has been raised to think that elephants are imaginary creatures
Lily is an expert on elephants and knows they would never behave in the way Jonas describes them
. What was the name of the failed Receiver who was chosen ten years ago?
. Why is Jonas not permitted to apply for release?
If Jonas left the community, all the valuable time and money spent on his training would be wasted
If Jonas left the community, all of the Committee of Elders would die of broken hearts because they love him so much
If Jonas left the community, all the memories he had accumulated would enter the minds of the citizens and create chaos
If Jonas left, the Giver would be lonely
. How does Jonas help the newchild Gabriel go to sleep?
He transmits memories of lullabies and soft beds
He tells him bedtime stories
He transmits memories of peaceful sails on a lake
He injects him with a mild sleeping drug
. Why do Jonas’s parents refuse to tell him that they love him?
They think that Jonas will feel smothered by their love
They secretly hate him
They think love is an obsolete word with no meaning
They were not paying attention when he asked if they loved him
. Why does Jonas interrupt his friends’ game of good guys and bad guys?
They did not let him play
They are not following the rules governing gameplay
He has a better idea for a game and thinks his rank as Receiver should count for something
He recognizes that their game takes a casual attitude toward tragedy
. Why does the Nurturing Center release one of every set of identical twins?
The staff is sadistic
It is inconvenient to have identical people walking around
They need to practice their releasing techniques
One twin is always seriously ill at birth
. Why does Jonas leave the community before the time he and the Giver had planned?
He realizes that the Giver is conspiring with the Committee of Elders to trap him
He finds out that Gabriel will be released the next morning and wants to save his life
The wind is good, and he needs to take a boat
He wants to bring Fiona, and he knows the Giver would not approve
. How does Jonas keep the search planes from finding him and Gabriel?
He covers their bodies with thick, dirty leaves
He bribes one of the Pilots to ignore them
He transmits memories of cold so that the heat- seeking planes cannot locate them
He stays very still because they are motion-sensitive
. What does Jonas see (or think he sees) as he nears the bottom of the hill on the sled?
Colored lights in the windows of houses
His parents waiting for him
A search party from the community
A child with a broken leg who has fallen from his sled
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