The Chief Elder had explained that there had been no mistake. Jonas was selected not assigned. Everyone in the room was confused as to what being selected is. Page 74
Jonas had been selected as the new receiver of memory, as it states in the novel "Jonas has been selected to be our next receiver of memory."(Lowry 76).
Jonas had been watched meticulously making sure he was the right one for the job. They can't change whoever becomes the Receiver of Memory like they can the other assignments. So, they had to make sure he was the right one. Page 78
Jonas was unsure about his assignment he did not know if he could do it. The Chief Elder was quite sure about selecting Jonas for the job though. Page 80
Everyone was screaming his name as he left the stage. The crowd was all chanting Jonas, Jonas, Jonas. Page 81
Jonas left the stage scared as to what would come next. He did not know what to expect in training in the novel it states "But at the same time he was filled with fear."(Lowry 81).