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ANSWER KEY: SHORT ANSWER STUDY QUESTIONS – The Giver
1. What did the word “frightened” mean, according to Jonas?
It was a “deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen.”
2. What were Jonas and the other children taught to be careful about?
They were taught to be careful about language.
3. How did Jonas decide he felt? What was causing this feeling?
He felt apprehensive. His special Ceremony of Twelve would be coming in
4. What evening ritual did the family perform after dinner?
They shared their feelings.
5. What were the two occasions when release was not punishment?
Release of the elderly and release of a newchild were not punishment.
6. What did Father want to do about the newchild, and why?
He wanted to bring the newchild home with him for extra nurturing. The child
was not progressing and would be released if he did not improve. Father thought
the extra attention would be helpful.
7. What fascinated Jonas about his father?
His father had broken the rule about looking at the year’s Naming list.
8. Why was the Ceremony of Twelve so important?
The Twelves would get their adult job Assignments. It marked the end of their
childhood and preparation for adult life.
1. What was unusual about Jonas and the newchild?
They both had pale eyes. Most of the Community members had dark eyes.
2. Describe the Assignment of Birthmother. What did Lily’s parents say about the it?
The Birthmothers had three children. They were not allowed to see the
children. After the third child, the Birthmothers were given jobs as Laborers
for the rest of their lives.The Assignment did not have much honor.
3. What happened to the apple while Jonas was playing with it?
The apple changed for an instant. Jonas was not sure what the change was, but he
knew it had changed.
4. Describe the celebration of Release of Roberto.
First, he told about his life. Then the attendants toasted, cheered, and chanted the
anthem. Then Roberto made a good-bye speech. After that, he bowed and
walked through a special door in the Releasing Room.
5. Did Larissa know exactly where Roberto or anyone else went when they were released?
No, she did not.
6. What was Jonas’s dream about? What did his mother and father say about it?
He had a dream that he wanted Fiona to take off her clothes and get in a bathtub.
His parents said it was the Stirrings. His mother gave him a pill that would stop
them. She told him he would have to take one every day until he entered the
House of the Old.
1. Describe the jacket that the Fours, Fives, and Sixes wore and the reason it was designed
the way it was. Also describe the jacket the Sevens wore and what it symbolized.
The jacket the Fours, Fives, and Sixes wore buttoned down the back so the
children would have to help each other dress and learn interdependence. The
jacket the Sevens wore had buttons in the front, which symbolized independence
and growing up.
2. Describe the Ceremony. Tell what happened at the Naming and the other age levels.
During the Naming, the Nurturers brought the newchildren to the stage. They
received their names and parents. The Eights received new jackets with smaller
buttons and pockets. The pockets symbolized maturity and the ability of the
wearer to keep track of small possessions. The Nines got their bicycles. The
Tens had their long hair cut off. The female Elevens got new undergarments.
The male Elevens got longer trousers with a special pocket for their school
3. What Assignment did Asher get?
He was named Assistant Director of Recreation.
4. What happened when Jonas’s number should have been called? What did Jonas think?
The Chief Elder skipped Jonas’s number. He thought he had done something
1. What was Jonas’s Assignment? Why was it important and unusual?
Jonas was selected to become the new Receiver of Memory for the Community.
It was unusual because the Community only had one Receiver, and he chose his
successor. Receiver was the most important job in the Community.
2. What were the four qualities the Chief Elder said the Receiver of Memory must have?
They were intelligence, integrity, courage, and wisdom.
3. What happened when Jonas was looking out at the crowd?
They changed, the way the apple had changed.
4. Did Jonas agree or disagree with the committee’s choice of him as the new Receiver?
He agreed with it.
5. What happened the last time a new Receiver had been chosen?
The girl was not successful. No one really knew exactly what had happened.
6. From what rules was Jonas exempted?
He was exempted from rules governing rudeness. He could ask anyone any
question and he would receive an answer.
7. What was Jonas prohibited from doing?
He was not allowed to tell his dreams.
8. What was he allowed to do that he had not been allowed to do before?
He was allowed to lie.
9. What was the biggest difference in the Receiver of Memory’s dwelling?
It was the books. Ordinary people did not have any.
10. What memories did the Receiver of Memory say he had to transmit to Jonas?
It was the memories of the whole world.
11. What was the first memory the Receiver said he would give to Jonas?
He said it was the memory of snow.
1. Describe Jonas’s consciousness while he received the memory.
One part of his consciousness knew he was lying on the bed in the Annex room,
but another part could experience the sensation of snow and the sled. He could
see, even though his eyes were closed.
2. What words or concepts did Jonas experience?
He experienced snow, sled, hill, runners, and frigid air.
3. What happened to the old man’s memory of the ride on the sled after he transmitted it to
He did not remember it anymore. He had given the memory completely to Jonas.
4. What kind of questions did Jonas ask about snow, sleds, and hills? What was the old
man’s answer? What was Jonas’s response?
Jonas asked why they did not have the things. The old man said that they had
disappeared when the communities got Climate Control. Jonas said he wished
they still had snow and the other things.
5. Jonas thought the Receiver of Memory had power. What did the old man tell him?
The old man said he had honor, but not power, and they were not the same.
6. What did the old man tell Jonas to call him? Why?
The old man told Jonas to call him The Giver. Jonas was the new Receiver.
7. Describe Jonas’s experiences of “seeing beyond.”
It was a short, indescribable change. First it happened with the apple. Next, it
happened with the audience at the Auditorium. Then it happened with Fiona.
Her hair changed in a way he could not describe.
8. What was happening when Jonas “saw beyond?” Why was it important?
He was seeing the color red. It was the beginning of his ability to see colors.
9. Could the other people in the Community see colors? If not, why not?
No, they could not. They gave up that ability when they went to Sameness.
10. Summarize the conversation between Jonas and The Giver about choices.
Jonas wanted to have colors all the time. He wanted to be able to make decisions,
to choose what color to wear. He thought being able to see colors might help
Gabriel develop. The Giver said that if people were able to make their own
choices, they might choose wrongly. Jonas agreed that it was not safe for people
to make choices.
11. The Giver explained why the people needed a Receiver of Memory. What were the
They sometimes needed the Receiver to use his memories to help them make
decisions. Most of the time, they needed the Receiver to keep all of the old
memories so they would not have to have them.
1. Jonas asked what made The Giver suffer. What memory did The Giver transmit to
The Giver transmitted a memory of a sledding accident. Jonas fell off the sled
and broke his leg.
2. What did Jonas realize about his family after his session with The Giver?
He realized his family members had never known pain.
3. Jonas asked why he and The Giver had to hold the memories. What was The Giver’s
answer? What was his example?
He said the memories gave them wisdom. He explained the request from the
Committee of Elders when they wanted to increase the birth rate. The Giver
remembered hunger and famine and warfare and told them not to increase the
4. What did Jonas want to do about the memories and the traditional way of doing things?
He wanted to change the traditional way of doing things and give everyone the
5. How did Jonas help Gabriel get to sleep?
Jonas gave Gabriel a memory of sailing on a lake.
6. What pain did The Giver ask Jonas to take in Chapter 15?
The Giver transmitted the pain of being injured in a battle during a war.
7. How did Jonas feel about being the Receiver at the beginning of Chapter 16?
He didn’t want to be the Receiver. He wanted his childhood and his friends.
8. Describe The Giver’s favorite memory that he gave to Jonas. How did Jonas feel about
There was a tree with lights on it inside a house. Children were unwrapping
packages. Jonas perceived family. The Giver explained what Grandparents were.
He also gave Jonas the word “love.” Jonas liked the memory. He wished his life
could be that way although he thought it might be a little bit dangerous.
9. What question did Jonas ask his parents after his session with The Giver? What was their
answer? What was his reaction?
He asked if they loved him. They told him to use more precise language. They
said he had used an old, meaningless word. They asked if he understood why it
was inappropriate. He lied for the first time and said he did.
10. Jonas did something different the next morning. What was it?
He did not take his pill.
1. Describe Jonas’s new level of feelings, and what caused them.
He had not taken the pills for the Stirrings for four weeks, and he knew this
accounted for some of his feelings. Also, he had the memories from The Giver.
He knew much more about Elsewhere than anyone else in the Community.
2. What was Father’s responsibility when twins were born?
He weighed the two, gave the larger to a Nurturer, and cleaned up the smaller one.
Then he performed a Ceremony of Release.
3. How did Jonas feel about becoming the new Receiver?
He was not looking forward to it. He was beginning to understand that he would
probably have a difficult and lonely life.
4. What was the name of the Receiver-to-be who was selected ten years before Jonas?
It was Rosemary.
5. What happened to the Receiver-to-be who was selected before Jonas?
After five weeks, The Giver transferred loneliness and loss to her. He continued
to give her both pleasant and unpleasant memories although he did not give her
physical pain. After a while, she went to the Chief Elder and asked to be released.
The Elder granted her request.
6. What happened to the Community after the incident with the Receiver-to-be?
Her memories were released back into the Community. It was very difficult for
the members, because they had never experienced the feelings before.
7. Jonas and The Giver discussed the effects to the Community if Jonas would be lost.
What did they think would happen?
The Giver said they would have all of the memories Jonas had received over the
year. Jonas said they would not like it. The Giver said he could probably help
any of the Community members the way he was helping Jonas. He said he would
have to think about it some more.
8. Describe the release of the newchild.
Father weighed both of the newchildren. He gave the heavier one to the Nurturer.
He filled a syringe with a clear liquid, then injected the smaller newchild with it.
He was talking cheerfully to the newchild during the procedure. The newchild
moved around for a few minutes, then stopped. Then his father put the body in a
carton and put the carton in a chute in the wall.
9. What did Jonas realize as he watched the tape of the release?
From his memories of the war, Jonas recognized that the newchild was dead. He
realized his father had killed it.
1. How did Jonas react after he watched the release?
He cried and became sarcastic.
2. What did The Giver tell Jonas he had realized about the memories?
He said he realized that memories needed to be shared. His job was lonely
because he had to keep all of the memories to himself. He said he was thinking of
a plan to change things.
3. Describe The Giver’s ideas on changing things.
The Giver said if Jonas escaped and went Elsewhere, the Community would have
to take the memories. He knew it would be hard, but he thought it was possible.
He would stay with them to help them, but Jonas could never return.
4. The Giver offered a very special memory to Jonas. What was it, and what was Jonas’s
response to the offer?
The Giver offered him music. Jonas said he wanted The Giver to keep it for
himself, to have when Jonas was gone.
5. Jonas asked The Giver to escape with him. What was The Giver’s reply?
He said his job was to help the Community become whole. Then he wanted to be
with his daughter, Rosemary.
6. What did Jonas do instead of the original escape plan, and why?
Jonas learned that Gabe was to be released. He escaped that night with Gabe.
7. Describe the escape.
Jonas took Gabe on his bicycle. They rode all night, then rested during the day.
Jonas transmitted calming memories to put Gabe to sleep. They traveled that way
for several days. Jonas hid them when the search planes flew overhead. He
transmitted memories of cold and snow so the heat-seeking devices could not find
them. Finally, the planes stopped searching.
8. Describe the changes in the landscape.
There were more trees and streams. The forests were thick and dark. They saw
their first birds.
9. What was the strongest fear that Jonas had during this part of the journey?
He was afraid they would starve.
10. How did the story end?
It began snowing and the ground became hilly. Jonas was forced to leave the
bicycle and walk up the hill. When he reached the top, he was flooded with
memories of joy. He found a sled at the top of the hill and used it to sled down
the hill. On the way down he heard music and people singing.