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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. Jonathan was no ordinary ______.

2. Jonathan wishes to free the other gulls from ______ years of scrabbling for fish heads.

3. How far up in the sky is Jonathan at first when he is practicing his flying?

4. How many times does Jonathan try this dive in question #10?

5. What is Jonathan beginning during his fast dive when he loses control?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bans the Outcasts from returning to the Flock, as told to them by the Council's rulings?

2. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?

3. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?

4. What is Little Martin William Seagull's special ability when he is flying?

5. What does Jonathan announce to his students after a month of teaching and training?

6. What does the Word of the Elder tell the rest of the Flock to do in relation to Jonathan and his students?

7. Describe Kirk Maynard Gull and his interaction with Johnathan.

8. What does Fletcher report one morning after practice that the Flock is saying about Johnathan?

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

10. What does Sullivan declare about Jonathan in relation to his approach to learning?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Chiang vanishes, it seems to be a surprise to the reader and to the Gulls in the story. This apparent transfiguration seems to also be symbolic of Chiang's place in his learning.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Chiang vanishes from view.

Part 2: What is thought to have happened that caused Chiang to vanish?

Part 3: Do you think this vanishing was meant to be taken literally or metaphorically? Why?

Essay Topic 2

The idea of needing 10,000 reincarnations to "get" the meaning of life seems astounding to read in this book. The Gull needs to come back to the Earth again and again in order to learn the lessons Jonathan learns.

Part 1: Why does an ordinary Gull need 10,000 reincarnations to understand the meaning of life?

Part 2: What other lessons do Gulls learn as they go through these various reincarnations?

Part 3: What makes Jonathan so special in regards to this idea of reincarnations?

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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