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

2. When Jonas gets home from playing catch with Asher in Chapter 3, he used what device to examine the object?

3. When were the original numbers of the group at the Ceremony of Twelve given out?

4. What object does Jonas eat in order to feel the memory of a cold sensation?

5. What is Lily's comfort object?

Short Essay Questions

1. What job does Jonas's father hold in the community?

2. What happens to Jonas at the Ceremony of Twelve?

3. What is different about Gabriel?

4. Who observes the children in order to place them into appropriate jobs?

5. What is the significance of the Ceremony of Nine?

6. What is the significance of Lily's new jacket that she receives at the Ceremony?

7. What kind of volunteer work does Jonas do once he reaches the House of the Old?

8. What happened to the old Receiver?

9. What rule is often broken at the ceremony of Nine?

10. Describe the first memory that The Giver gives to Jonas.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jonas has been selected by the Chief Elder to become the Receiver. He has been set apart from the community. He will be different. Describe Jonas's interpretation of this assignment and how he will cope with his new responsibility. Compare the character of Jonas and his assignment to that of Fiona and her assignment in the House of the Old. Discuss the weight of responsibility.

Essay Topic 2

The Giver gives Jonas the experience of snow and sunshine. Discuss the reasons why snow is not permitted in the community. Discus why sunshine is associated with the painful things the Elder mentions. Compare and contrast the emotional and physical effects of snow and sunshine.

Essay Topic 3

The Ceremony of Twelve is a rite of passage. Jonas is nervous and Lily is excited. Discuss the rites of passage that the youth of America experience. In what ways are they similar to the rites of passage in the community in The Giver? In what ways are they different?

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