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The Giver

By Lois Lowry

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Discussion Questions
If you are absent on the day of this discussion, you must answer these question in either written form or with a scheduled conference. Chapter 1 1. What does it mean to be released? (3) 2. Why did Asher need to give a public apology? (4) 3. Make a prediction why does Jonas feel apprehensive? (4) 4. Why didnt Lily and Jonas know what animals were? (5) 5. Why is their father concerned about releasing a young child? (7) 6. Make a prediction - should Jonas be worried about The Ceremony of Twelve? (9) Chapter 2 1. What new things have we learned about this society? 2. Explain the procedures of ceremonies. 3. Where do babies come from in this society? 4. What happens to undesirable people? What does this remind you of? Chapter 3 1. Why does it seem significant that Jonas has different colored eyes? (20) 2. What do you think happened to the apple when Jonas was playing catch with Asher? (24) Chapters 4 and 5 1. Do you think you were ready to start volunteering and choosing a career path at 8? (26) 2. What kind of things would you volunteer to help with? 3. What can you infer from the release of Roberto? (32) 4. What is a Stirring? (37) 5. What kind of treatment do you think Jonas is receiving? (38) Chapter 6

1. Why do they have so many rules? (40) 2. What would have happened if Father hadnt gotten Gabe labeled Uncertain? (42) 3. What do you think will be the outcome for Fritz? (45) 4. Why is Jonas so sure that his community will give him the right Assignment? (49)

Chapters 7-8 1. What do you think of the Assignment ceremony? (55) 2. What would your Assignment likely be? 3. What could it mean that Jonas was skipped at the ceremony? (57) 4. What do you think The Receiver will do? (61) 5. Do you think Jonas will be successful? Chapters 9-10 1. Why are people treating Jonas differently? (66) 2. What happened to the last Receiver? (67) 3. What do you think of the rules Jonas was given? (68) 4. Is this an honor or a curse? 5. Why had Jonas never seen so many books? (74) 6. What does Jonas have in common with the Giver? (75) 7. What role will Jonas fill in the community? (79) 8. Why is this important? Chapters 11-12 1. Jonas is worried about the pain. What types of memories might be painful? 2. Are you worried for him? If he thought a sunburn was painful, is he really prepared for whats to come? 3. What is Sameness? What effect has it had on their society? (94) Chapter 13 1. Why is it important that they cant see color? (97) 2. Is it safer to prohibit people from making choices? (99) 3. Describe what Jonas was seeing on page 100. 4. What, exactly, is the power in books?
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Chapters 14-15 1. Is a society that doesnt know pain a better place? (110) 2. Would it be better if the memories were shared? (112) 3. Would you give away your memories for a lifetime of certainty and contentment? Chapter 16 1. Discuss their treatment of the elderly. 2. To not know pain is also to not know love. Is it a fair trade? 3. What do you think of his parents reaction to his question about love? (127) Chapters 17-18 1. Make some predictions what is coming at the end of chapter 18? (145) Chapters 19-20 1. What really is a release? 2. How do you think that Jonass father can perform one on a newborn? 3. Who could be scheduled for a release? 4. Is it better to know, like Jonas, or is it better to be ignorant, like everyone else? 5. Why does Jonas want to leave? 6. Will he be successful? Chapter 21 1. With no memories of strength or bravery, how was Jonas able to escape? 2. What do you think will happen to his memories as he gets farther away from his community? Chapters 22-23 1. How does this choice fit the classic struggle between risk and reward? 2. Do you think he has the strength to survive? 3. Is it possible that there are others out there?
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4. What does the sled symbolize? 5. What happens next?

Brainstorm Problems in the World


1. In two minutes you are going to brainstorm as many problems in the world as you can imagine. 2. What is a problem? 1. A problem is not a person. 2. A problem is something that is never good. 3. Is money a problem? No greed is a problem. Poverty is a problem. 3. Your 2 minutes begins now! 4. Mark off all the problems that cannot be solved by people. 5. Now mark off all the problems that are going to go away on their own in fiveten years. 6. Finally, re-read your list to make sure every idea is stated as a problem.

Utopian Societies
A utopia /jutopi/ is a community or society possessing highly desirable or perfect qualities. The word was coined by Sir Thomas More in Greek for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island society in the Atlantic Ocean. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and imagined societies portrayed in fiction. What is your vision of a Utopian Society?

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Writing Prompt 1
Make a prediction - should Jonas be worried about The Ceremony of Twelve? (9) A good writing prompt requires you to write in complete, grammatically correct sentences. It must be 4 or more sentences, and it should call on at least one of the Good Reader strategies. You should refer to the text specifically (using quotes and page numbers) when formulating your answer.

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Create Your Own Society


Group Members:

Imagine that you can create a perfect society. 1. What would it look like? 2. Who would be in it? 3. Where would it be? 4. What kinds of rules would you have? 5. Who would be the leader? Create an ad campaign for your perfect society. This can include jingles, billboards, magazine ads, radio commercials, etc. You must present your society to the class, which will vote on the best one in the next class period.

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Writing Prompt 2
Think about yourself at the age of 11. How would you identify your strengths? What type of job would you have been given? Would you be happy in this role forever? A good writing prompt requires you to write in complete, grammatically correct sentences. It must be 4 or more sentences, and it should call on at least one of the Good Reader strategies. You should refer to the text specifically (using quotes and page numbers) when formulating your answer.

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Dream Analysis

Summarize a dream youve had:

Go online and find a dream dictionary. What does the dictionary say that your dream could mean?

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Do you feel this is accurate? Why or why not?

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Writing Prompt 3
Choose a memory that you would give away. How could this impact you, both positively and negatively? A good writing prompt requires you to write in complete, grammatically correct sentences. It must be 4 or more sentences, and it should call on at least one of the Good Reader strategies. You should refer to the text specifically (using quotes and page numbers) when formulating your answer.

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Writing Prompt 4
In this society, release is almost always scheduled. Sometimes its scheduled for those deemed inadequate, for the old, or for those who cant follow rules. Can you draw a connection between this practice and those of Hitler? Also, what type of release would you most likely have received? A good writing prompt requires you to write in complete, grammatically correct sentences. It must be 4 or more sentences, and it should call on at least one of the Good Reader strategies. You should refer to the text specifically (using quotes and page numbers) when formulating your answer.

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Problem / Solution
Look back at your list of problems in the world. Choose one that was addressed in The Giver. How would you solve the problem, how did they solve in in the book, and why is your solution better? Write at least one complete paragraph answering these questions.

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Writing Prompt 5
Write a final chapter for the book. What do you think happens next? Does Jonas survive? Does Gabriel survive? How would you like the story to end?

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