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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 wish he could do as a result of his last dive attempt?

2. What does Jonathan do as he gives one last look around and flies into a perfect dark sky?

3. When does Jonathan attempt his dives again?

4. What seems to make Jonathan want to try his flights at even higher heights?

5. At 1000 feet, what does Jonathan climb to attempt during one of his many flying excursions?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the voice in Jonathan's head have to say about gulls flying in the dark?

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

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

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

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

6. How many seagulls are in the morning Flock of seagulls that are simply trying to find food to eat?

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

8. What does Jonathan's mother ask him to do when she sees him flying all by himself all the time?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The meaning of life seems to be the overall theme of this book, with the introduction of the 'normal" life for the Gulls versus the life Jonathan strives to have.

Part 1: What is the meaning of life as defined by the Gulls?

Part 2: What is the meaning of life as defined by Jonathan?

Part 3: Does the idea of the meaning of life change throughout the story? How? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

The Council for the Flock seems to want to discredit Jonathan's work in order to render him powerless over the rest of the Flock who has not converted. This seems to be quite realistic in relation to the way some governments control their people's perceptions as well.

Part 1: Why does the Council want to discredit Jonathan?

Part 2: What would the benefits of his being discredited be for the Flock? For the Council?

Part 3: What does the Council do in order to attempt to discredit Jonathan?

Essay Topic 3

The Flock Elders seem to be quite set in their ways, establishing an authoritarian body that doesn't take into consideration the individual needs and desires of the Gulls.

Part 1: In what ways do the Flock Elders control the other Gulls?

Part 2: How does the power of the Flock Elders affect the Gulls in the Flock?

Part 3: Does it seem as though the Flock Elders need to change their ideas? Why or why not?

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