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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 NOT shorten gulls' lives, as Johnathan learns?

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

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

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

5. What smiles the morning that Jonathan almost hits the gulls and the boat?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. What does Jonathan think the solution might be to his problem in #6?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the master's place in a student's life is also questioned in the last part of the book. In the relationship of Fletcher and Jonathan, the way these two Gulls interact impacts them both greatly.

Part 1: What does Fletcher decide to do in order to help spread the word about the lessons he's learned?

Part 2: Why does Jonathan remain at the side of Fletcher? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why does Jonathan have to help Fletcher using one of Chiang's techniques? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The old guru Chiang is a mystical figure in this story. His wisdom seems far beyond even the realms of heaven. Just like any guru, he seems to be a little vague in his explanations, but at the same time, his knowledge and teaching help everyone around him

Part 1: What does Chiang propose as the description of heaven?

Part 2: What does it mean when the book says Chiang teaches Jonathan to transcend time?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to transcend time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

The idea of an Outcast is one that is feared by the Gulls. To be deemed as such, a Gull becomes an outsider of its Flock, sent to the Far Cliffs to spend their days.

Part 1: What qualifies someone to become an Outcast? Can they ever escape their title?

Part 2: Who are some of the Outcasts in this story? Why are they deemed Outcasts?

Part 3: What do you think the purpose of having Outcasts is, as related to this story? How does this help the Flock? Or does it hurt the Flock? Why?

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