The Giver Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who has the final say in changing a rule?

2. What quality does Jonas already have but cannot be described?

3. What memory sparks a feeling of dread in Jonas at the beginning of the novel?

4. The speaker announces that females under nine need to have these objects neatly tied at all times. Lily breaks this rule often.

5. Jonas is prohibited from all of the following EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

1. What do families in the community share in the new morning?

2. What is Jonas anticipating as the novel opens and why?

3. Where is Jonas going to do his volunteer work, and what friends does he meet there?

4. How is the Receiver different from the community?

5. What event from a year ago does Jonas remember that brings back feelings of fear?

6. What is Jonas's Mother's reaction to Jonas's dream in Chapter 5?

7. What instruction is Jonas most impressed with when he receives the printed sheet that describes his training?

8. What memories will The Giver give to Jonas?

9. Why is Gabriel not part of the 'Ones'?

10. What dream does Jonas share in Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jonas takes on the memory of The Giver to ease his pain. Does the ability to blunt pain make for a more peaceful, easier life? Or, does muting the feelings associated with living a normal life sacrifice the freedom of choice? Cite examples from the text in your answer.

Essay Topic 2

The Elders control and regulate the activities of the community in The Giver. In America, the older generations is similarly in charge of the younger. Write a description of reversal where the young are in more positions of power and authority. What would America look like? What societal characteristics might improve, and what might suffer?

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter Two readers learn about the importance of following "The Rules." However, some rules are routinely broken. Discuss the rules that are routinely broken in The Giver, then compare them to the rules of American society that are routinely broken. How does breaking the law, even minor laws, affect society as a whole?

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