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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. Where is Jonathan banished to as a result of his actions?

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

3. What does Jonathan fly through, without killing anyone?

4. What is Jonathan limited by, according to the strange voice he hears in his head?

5. What does Jonathan wish he could do as a result of his last dive attempt?

Short Essay Questions

1. At what height does Jonathan attempt to dive from the morning after his accident and realization?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

The idea of Jonathan being a freethinker seems to be both good and bad. At times, it seems Jonathan might be making more of a mess of his life than he needs to.

Part 1: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking benefit him in this story?

Part 2: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking hurt him in this story?

Part 3: If you were in Jonathan's shoes, what sort of life would you choose - a freethinker or a follower? What is the reasoning behind your answer?

Essay Topic 3

The existence of an afterlife is something that becomes a crucial part of the knowledge and the development of some of the Gulls in this book. But the definition of this afterlife is a little harder to grasp.

Part 1: How does the knowledge of the afterlife affect Johnathan?

Part 2: What does Jonathan learn about the idea of the afterlife? How is it described to him?

Part 3: Why does Jonathan simply accept the idea of an afterlife as it is given to him?

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