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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 was dismayed with Jonathan for his unique way of living?

2. What does NOT shorten gulls' lives, as Johnathan learns?

3. What is the terminal velocity Jonathan reaches when he is practicing?

4. Jonathan believes he has discovered the _______ for their lives.

5. How does Jonathan feel after breaking his promise to become like other gulls?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do Jonathan's parents think about his behavior when the other seagulls are eating?

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

3. What happens to Jonathan once he begins to tell other gulls they do not have to settle for a drab life?

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

5. What does Jonathan think the solution might be to his problem in #6?

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

7. What does Jonathan do that no other seagull on Earth has done, making him the first?

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

9. What happens to Jonathan every time he tries to turn a full power dive into a vertical dive?

10. As Jonathan begins his pull out during his record-setting speed, what happens?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of an Outcast is one that is feared by the Gulls. To be deemed as such, a Gull becomes an outsider of its Flock, sent to the Far Cliffs to spend their days.

Part 1: What qualifies someone to become an Outcast? Can they ever escape their title?

Part 2: Who are some of the Outcasts in this story? Why are they deemed Outcasts?

Part 3: What do you think the purpose of having Outcasts is, as related to this story? How does this help the Flock? Or does it hurt the Flock? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher is something that works to secure the reputation of the small group of students, even though it was meant to harm their appearance to the rest of the Flock.

Part 1: How did the sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher take place? Please describe how this occurred.

Part 2: To what else can this death and resurrection be compared? What other story seems to have been used as the inspiration for this situation?

Part 3: Do you think these events had to happen to Fletcher in order to make the group of students reputable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

In the end, Fletcher is the teacher of the Gulls, but they seem to be interested in other things besides what he wants to teach. And thus the story continues as it began.

Part 1: What does Fletcher have to master first before he can absorb the lofty philosophy of Jonathan?

Part 2: What do the students want from Fletcher now that he is the teacher?

Part 3: Do you think Fletcher is ready to be a teacher? Why or why not?

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