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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. A single _________ is the key to curving while diving, Johnathan finds.

2. What does the strange voice tell Jonathan to do?

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

4. What is the gull speed record that Jonathan sets as he makes that adjustment from #13?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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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