The Giver
by: Lois Lowry
Chapters 20 to 23

Reading - Read Chapters 20 to 23. There are internet based activities for those students who have successfully completed the following work.

A. Vocabulary Use the following words in sentences of your own: mimic, sarcasm, rueful, chaos, solace, augment, fugitives, languid, lethargy, taut.

B. Questions (You must read the chapters before doing the questions)

1. Why would Fiona, a trainee in the care of the old, probably accept the practice of releasing the old?
2. Why was The Giver now ready to make a plan for change?
3. Why would Jonas’s departure from the community lead to possible change?
4. Why did The Giver decide to stay behind to help the community?
5. Why did Jonas and The Giver choose the December Ceremony as the time to implement their plan?
6. How did Father’s sweet, sing-song voice affect Jonas on their last evening together?
7. What would have happened to Jonas and Gabe if the searchers found them?
8. In what way was Jonas handicapped by his early departure?
9. How was Jonas able to use memories to foil the search planes?
10. Name two other ways that memories helped Jonas during the journey?
11. What might have been the source of the music that Jonas thought he heard behind him?
12. Why do you think the author ended the story as Jonas was traveling toward his destination?
13. List two questions that the author left unanswered at the end of the book.
14. Did you approve of the ending?

C. Literary Device: Paradox - Answer the following question based on the example of paradox.

The community did not want change, which is why they created the Receiver of Memory whose job it was to assure Sameness. Yet The Giver said:
“My work will be finished when I have helped the community to change and become whole.”

Explain the paradox in the sentence above.

Literary Device: Etymologies - Speakers of English borrow words from other languages, so we have the largest vocabulary of any language in the world. The history of a word from its origin to its present use is called its etymology. The bold word in this paragraph from the novel has an interesting etymology:

He tried to use the flagging power of his memory to recreate meals, and managed brief, tantalizing fragments: banquets with huge roasted meats; birthday parties with thick-frosted cakes...

In Greek mythology Tantalus was a wicked king who, as punishment for his crimes, was forced to stand in deep water with grapes growing overhead. The water receded when he was thirsty, and the grapes receded when he was hungry.

• Look up tantalize in a dictionary. Write its definition below.
• How does knowing the history of the word enrich the meaning of this paragraph?

D. Summaries - Make sure you have made summaries for each of the chapters in your novel. Use paragraph form, indent, and either handwrite or type. The summary should tell what happened, the setting and the characters involved in each chapter.