The Giver

by Lois Lowry

The Giver

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Book Information

Publication Date: 1993


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 760L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level Y


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 1994 Newbery Winner


Number of Pages: 240 pages


Approximate Word Count: 42,195 words -- The average reader will spend 2 hours and 48 minutes reading The Giver at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins


Book Themes: Memory, Being an Individual, Rules and Order, Choices, Isolation, Old Age


Genre: Dystopian Literature, Science Fiction


Setting: An Isolated Community Sometime in the Future


Important Quote: The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It's the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.


First Line: It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.


Point of View: Third Person (Limited Omniscient) from Jonas's Perspective

* This is an estimate from readinglength.com.

 

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Vocabulary List

accompany
accumulate
acknowledge
admonition
affectionate
afterthought
anguish
anticipation
appeal
apprehensive
appropriate
aptitude
assimilate
assuage
astonished
augment
awkward
benign
bewildered
buoyancy
carnage
chastise
condemn
crescendo
dejected
destination
diminish
disgrace
distraught
dumbfounded
ecstatic

enhance
excruciating
exhilarating
exuberant
fragment
fretful
function
humiliation
imperceptible
imploring
inadequate
inconsiderate
infraction
infringed
insensitive
irrational
isolation
languid
lethargy
luminous
merriment
meticulous
mutilated
nondescript
nuisance
nurture
observation
obsolete
ominous
origin
perceive

peril
permeated
phenomenon
podium
precise
predictable
prestige
regulated
relinquish
reluctant
rueful
seldom
sinuous
skeptical
solace
solemn
somber
sparse
stealthy
stunned
subside
successor
sufficient
syringe
tentatively
throng
treacherous
vigilant
yearning

Discussion Questions

  1. What is the Ceremony of Twelve? Explain the advantages and disadvantages of this practice.
  2. Children in Jonas's society are scolded for not using exact language. What does the practice of using exact language tell the reader about Jonas's community.
  3. What is "releasing?" Do you agree or disagree with this practice? Explain why or why not.
  4. Do you think the government should control "stirrings?" Justify your opinion.
  5. Define sameness. List advantages and disadvantages of sameness. Which list outweights the other? Do you think sameness is benefical? Explain why or why not.
  6. Define the family unit in Jonas's society. What relationship does Jonas have with his family? How does this compare to the relationship you have with your family?
  7. Explain the relationship between Jonas and the Giver. Which character has the most impact on the other? Explain how the relationship between Jonas and the Giver is benefical for both characters.
  8. How does becoming the Receiver change Jonas's relationship with his family and friends?
  9. How did the ending of the book make you feel? Did Jonas really find his "dream" family at the end of The Giver or was it all just his imagination? Use proof from text to justify your answer.

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