• Although most of the memories have left Jonas, the feelings have not. Why do you think that is?
• How do you think the story ends?
• Jonas briefly wonders whether he made the wrong choice when he decided to run away. What do you think?
• How does Jonas show that he understands that the meaning of everything is to care about others?
• How do you think The Giver will feel when he realizes Jonas is gone? How will Jonas’s friends and family feel?
• Why is the community so desperate to get Jonas back?
• Jonas knows that if his plan fails, he could be killed. But he believes that if he stays, his life is no longer worth living. Do you agree?
• Do you think The Giver should go with Jonas or stay? Why?
• What do you think of what Jonas’s community calls “release”? Were you surprised at what it was?
• How do you think this new knowledge will affect Jonas?
• Do you think Rosemary sounds like she was or wasn’t brave? Explain your answer.
• Why did The Giver seem distracted after telling Jonas to stay away from the river?
Why didn’t the game of good guys and bad guys that Jonas’s friends play seem harmless to Jonas anymore? Should Jonas have asked them to stop playing it? Why or why not? Explain your thinking.
• The Giver gives Jonas many good memories. What are some of our best memories?
• Do you think the elderly should be part of the community, or separate, as in Jonas’s community? Explain.
• Do you think Jonas’s parents love him? Do you think they know what love is? Explain your thinking.
• Do you agree with Jonas that things could be different? How?
Why do you think The Giver asks Jonas to forgive him? Explain your thinking and use text evidence.
Have you ever asked anyone for forgiveness? Explain the situation.
• Do you agree that painful memories are made easier when they are shared? What? Give some examples.
• Do you think it’s fair that one person in the community—The Receiver—should have to be burdened and pained by memories so that no one else is? Explain your answer.
• Do you agree with Jonas that people have to be protected from wrong choices?
• As Jonas continues his training, he often finds himself angry with his group mates and his family. Why?
• The Giver says that without memories, knowledge is meaningless. What does he mean?
• Imagine a world without color. Describe what you visualize this place being like. Explain your thoughts and feelings. What color would you miss most and why?
• What value, if any, is there to Sameness? Explain your thinking.
Can you imagine giving up such things as snow and hills because they are impractical? Explain your thoughts.
• What do you think it means to live in a place where no doors are never locked?
• Jonas says, “I thought there was only us. I thought there was only now.” Do you think that’s a good way to live? Why or why not?
•“I am going to transmit the memory of snow,” the old man said, and placed his hands on Jonas’s bare back. Describe what you visualize.
• Jonas tells himself several times that things can’t change between him and his best friend, Asher. Do you think they can? Do you think they will?
• Why does Jonas find the final rule in his instructions, “You may lie,” so unsettling?
JONAS RECEIVER OF MEMORY
1. Go immediately at the end of school hours each day to the Annex entrance behind the House of the Old and present yourself to the attendant.
2. Go immediately to your dwelling at the conclusion of Training Hours each day.
3. From this moment you are exempted from rules governing rudeness. You may ask any question of any citizen and you will receive answers.
4. Do not discuss your training with any other member of the community, including parents and Elders.
5. From this moment you are prohibited from dream-telling.
6. Except for illness or injury unrelated to your training, do not apply for any medication.
7.You are not permitted to apply for release.
8. You may lie.
Lowry, Lois (2011-10-25). The Giver (illustrated; gift edition) (The Giver Trilogy Book 1) (p. 68). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Kindle Edition.
• What do you think Jonas’s Capacity to See Beyond is?
• Would you rather be selected, as Jonas was, or assigned, as his groupmates were?
• Do you think Asher should have been given the discipline wand when he was three, for saying “smack” instead of “snack”?
• How would you feel if you were in Jonas’s shoes and the Chief Elder skipped right over you when she was making Assignments?
• All the members of Jonas’s family had to sign a pledge that they would not become attached to the newchild, Gabe. Do you think it’s possible to keep such a promise?
• What do you think of how families in Jonas’s community are formed?
• Jonas’s community has a lot of rules. Do you think that’s a good thing or a bad thing? Why?
• What are the rules that you have in your classroom? Do you agree or disagree with them and why?
• Jonas has an uncomfortable dream and tells his parents. His mother tells him they are "stirrings." What does this mean to you?
• How important is sameness in Jonas’s community? How important is it in your community?
• How would you feel to be watched all the time, the way Jonas is?
• Do you think it says something about Jonas that he sees the apple change?
• How would you feel not to have your own individual birthday?
• If you were attending the Ceremony of Twelve with Jonas, what Assignment do you think the Elders would select for you?