Why is Jonas frightened by the plane flying overhead? (ch. 1)
It is against the rules for pilots to fly over the communtiy.
Why are the children scolded for telling friends during the play that they have been released? (ch. 1)
It is a grave insult, as being released is a terrible punishment.
Describe Jonas’ family’s evening ritual. (ch. 1)
Each family member describes a feeling and explains why he/she had that feeling.
List all the reasons that a community member can be released. (ch. 1)
Newchildren are released for not developing properly; elderly people are released in a celebration of their lives; and repeat offenders are released after the third transgression.
What is the rule about family units? (ch. 1)
Each family unit must have two children: one male and one female.
What words are used in this chapter to describe ordinary things? How is this different from the ways we describe them? (ch. 1)
Answers may include dwelling (house), tunic (shirt), play area (play groud), newchild (infant), nurturer (teacher/babysitter), nightclothes (pajamas).
When do newchildren turn one? (ch. 2)
What rule does Jonas’ father break? How does Jonas feel about this? (ch. 2)
Jonas’ father peeked at the Naming list. Jonas was surprised that his father would break a rule.
How do family units get a second newchild? (ch. 2)
A newchild is given to the family at the ceremony.
What happens to the Nines at a Ceremony? (ch. 2)
Nines receive a bicycle for the first time.
Who is The Receiver? (ch. 2)
The Receiver is the most important Elder in the community.
What do Gabriel and Jonas have in common? (ch. 3)
They both have pale eyes.
Describe the life of a Birthmother. (ch. 3)
Birthmothers receive wonderful food and gentle exercise periods. They play games and amuse themselves for three years. After three years (three births), they become Laborers. They never see their children.
What happens to Jonas as a result of his decision to take an apple? (ch. 3)
He is the subject of an announcement which makes him feel remorse. He apologizes to the Director of Recreation the next morning.
What happens to the apple while Jonas is playing with it? (ch. 3)
The apple changes in some odd way. The shape and size stay the same, but something about the apple changes.
Why does Jonas take the apple home? (ch. 3)
He wants to try to get the apple to change again.
Why does Jonas have no idea about what his assignment will be? (ch. 4)
Jonas has spent his volunteer hours at many different places. As a result, he is unsure of where he will be assigned.
What tasks do Jonas, Asher, and Fiona perform? (ch. 4)
They run the bath, help the old people into the tub, wash their bodies, and dry them.
What is the rule about nakedness? (ch. 4)
No one may glimpse at another person’s nakedness. The rule does not apply to newchildren or the Old.
What happens at the release of the Old? (ch. 4)
The person’s life story is told.
Describe Jonas’ dream. (ch. 5)
Jonas dreams that he is in a bathing room with Fiona. He has a bare chest. He wants Fiona to take off her clothes and get into the water. Jonas has a strong urge to bathe Fiona.
What explanation does Jonas’ mother give him about the dream? (ch. 5)
Jonas’ dream is the first sign of “Stirrings”. Stirrings happen to everyone as they grow up.
What is the treatment for Stirrings? (ch. 5)
People take pills every morning.
Where do released members go? (ch. 6)
They are sent Elsewhere and never return.
What is special about Caleb? (ch. 6)
Caleb is a replacement child.
Describe the Ceremony of Loss. (ch. 6)
The entire community murmurs the child’s name throughout the day. The repetitions get softer and less frequent until the community is silent and the child’s name is never uttered again.
Describe the Murmur-of-Replacement Ceremony. (ch. 6)
The name is repeated for the first time since the loss. It is repeated slowly and softly at first, then faster and with more volume.
How are spouses chosen? (ch. 6)
A Committee of Elders chooses the spouses for the people who apply for them.
When do spouses get children? (ch. 6)
After a match has been monitored for three years, couples may apply for a child.
Who is Chief Elder? (ch. 7)
She is the leader of the community. A new Chief Elder is elected every ten years.
Why would Asher have been a poor Instructor of Threes? (ch. 7)
The Instructors of Threes are responsible for acquisition of language, and Asher often has problems with precision of language.
Describe the discipline method for Threes. (ch. 7)
Small children who misbehave mildly are given a smack on the hands with the discipline wand. For a second offense, children receive three sharp smacks on their bare legs.
What is Asher’s assignment? (ch. 7)
Assistant Director of Recreation.
What is Fiona’s assignment? (ch. 7)
Caretaker of the Old.