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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 does Jonathan vow he will do when the voice says what it does in #24?

2. What does Jonathan learn to do which allows him to cover 100 miles overnight?

3. What smiles the morning that Jonathan almost hits the gulls and the boat?

4. What does Jonathan become as a result of the Council's decision?

5. If falcons were meant to fly at night, the voice says, they would have the eyes of what bird?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Jonathan's reasoning for wanting to teach the others?

2. What happens when Jonathan fails and he begins to turn his thoughts to just sinking to the bottom of the sea?

3. What does the strange voice in Jonathan's head tell him about his flying, at first?

4. Who is the seagull that practices flying slowly, far apart from the others as they are searching for food and eating?

5. What is the gull speed record that Jonathan sets during his efforts to improve his flying?

6. What is the name of the morning's group of seagulls that are looking for food?

7. Why doesn't Jonathan feel guilty about breaking the promise to the voice in his head?

8. What are the names of the five moves Jonathan learns to do when he is practicing his flying all the time?

9. What does Jonathan realize is the secret to his success in flying close to the water?

10. What does Jonathan discover is the key to turning when he is flying at great speeds?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

It seems that in the definition of reincarnation, Gulls do not come back as anything other than Gulls. This seems strange as traditional thoughts on reincarnation say that animals come back as other animals and even humans.

Part 1: Why don't Gulls come back as anything besides Gulls?

Part 2: What does Chiang say will help to break this cycle of coming back as the same species again and again?

Part 3: Why might Gulls be the only species who come back as the same thing? What reasons can you provide?

Essay Topic 2

Jonathan really wants to share what he has learned with the other Gulls, but he is prevented from doing so. His sharing could promote great changes, he thinks.

Part 1: What are some of the lessons Jonathan wants to share with the rest of the Gulls?

Part 2: How is Jonathan prevented from sharing his knowledge with others?

Part 3: Is this situation harmful or helpful to the other Gulls in the Flock? Support your answer with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The role of the instructor in this story is one that begins with Sullivan. As one of Johnathan's first teachers, it is clear that in order to gain the knowledge he needs, Johnathan will need guidance.

Part 1: What kind of teacher is Sullivan to Jonathan?

Part 2: What facts does Sullivan reveal about being a Gull and being in heaven?

Part 3: Would you say the relationship between Sullivan and Jonathan is positive or negative? Support your answer.

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