The Giver

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  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Yearling
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In a world of perfection and control, where each person is assigned a role, 12-year-old Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. It's time for Jonas to receive the truth. Among this classic's many honors is the Newbery Medal.

Author Biography

Lois Lowry is a multi-award-winning author who has written many popular books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the author of the popular Anastasia Krupnik books and was the recipient of the Newbery Medal for <i>Number the Stars</i> and for <i>The Giver</i>.

Table of Contents

Contextp. 1
Plot Overviewp. 5
Character Listp. 9
Analysis of Major Charactersp. 11
Jonasp. 11
The Giverp. 12
Jonas's Fatherp. 13
Themes, Motifs & Symbolsp. 15
The Importance of Memoryp. 15
The Relationship Between Pain and Pleasurep. 15
The Importance of the Individualp. 16
Visionp. 16
Nakednessp. 17
Releasep. 17
The Newchild Gabrielp. 18
The Sledp. 18
The Riverp. 18
Summary & Analysisp. 19
Chapters 1-2p. 19
Chapters 3-4p. 22
Chapters 5-6p. 25
Chapters 7-9p. 28
Chapters 10-11p. 32
Chapters 12-13p. 35
Chapters 14-16p. 39
Chapters 17-18p. 42
Chapters 19-20p. 46
Chapters 21-23p. 48
Important Quotations Explainedp. 53
Key Factsp. 59
Study Questions & Essay Topicsp. 62
Study Questionsp. 62
Suggested Essay Topicsp. 66
Review & Resourcesp. 68
Quizp. 68
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 74
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An Excerpt from The Giver

        "Jonas," she said, speaking not to him alone but to the entire community
        of which he was a part, "you will be trained to be our next Receiver of
        Memory. We thank you for your childhood."

        Then she turned and left the stage, left him there alone, standing and
        facing the crowd, which began spontaneously the collective murmur of his
        "Jonas." It was a whisper at first: hushed, barely audible. "Jonas. Jonas."

        Then louder, faster. "JONAS. JONAS. JONAS."

        With the chant, Jonas knew, the community was accepting him and his new
        role, giving him life, the way they had given it to the newchild Caleb.
        His heart swelled with gratitude and pride.

        But at the same time he was filled with fear. He did not know what his
        selection meant. He did not know what he was to become.

        Or what would become of him.


Excerpted from The Giver by Lois Lowry
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