THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
Accelerated Reader: Level: 5.7. Pts. 7.

Chapters 1-3 (14 Questions)

Chapters 4-6 (12 Questions)

Chapters 7-9 (12 Questions)

Chapters 10-12 (9 Questions)

Chapters 13-15 (8 Questions)

Chapters 16-18 (8 Questions)

Chapters 19-23 (10 Questions)

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BOOK SUMMARY: In a complete departure from her other novels, Lois Lowry has written an intriguing story set in a society that is uniformly run by a Committee of Elders. Twelve-year-old Jonas's confidence in his comfortable "normal" existence as a member of this well-ordered community is shaken when he is assigned his life's work as the Receiver. The Giver, who passes on to Jonas the burden of being the holder for the community of all memory "back and back and back," teaches him the cost of living in an environment that is "without color, pain, or past."

The tension leading up to the Ceremony, in which children are promoted not to another grade but to another stage in their life, and the drama and responsibility of the sessions with The Giver are gripping. The final flight for survival is as riveting as it is inevitable.

The author makes real abstract concepts, such as the meaning of a life in which there are virtually no choices to be made and no experiences with deep feelings. This tightly plotted story and its believable characters will stay with readers for a long time.