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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 is NOT one of the techniques that Jonathan learns?

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

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

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

5. What is the answer to the question Jonathan asks of the answer to #57 as to their identity?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea that the humans look down on the Gulls is implied in the beginning of the story. This conflict between the humans and the Gulls is not fully explored, but one could see how it might be problematic.

Part 1: How does the author Bach describe the relationship between the Gulls and the humans?

Part 2: Do the Gulls ever interact with the humans?

Part 3: Do you think that more interaction might help the relationship between the Gulls and the humans? Why or why not?

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