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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. After Jonathan's brush with death, again, he attempts what at 8000 feet?

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

3. How many gulls join Jonathan in his exile?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What causes Fletcher to crash into a cliff at 200mph?

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

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

4. What does Fletcher choose to do when Jonathan gives him the choice of a higher level or staying on Earth?

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

6. What does Charles-Roland Seagull do that impresses others while he is flying?

7. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?

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

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

10. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?

Essay 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

Jonathan yearns to teach the others what he has learned from Sullivan and Chiang. He wants to spread the word about his discoveries and how other Gulls can learn to live their lives.

Part 1: Why does Jonathan believe is a born teacher?

Part 2: What qualities does Jonathan have that will make him a good teacher to those other Gulls?

Part 3: Why can't Jonathan be content teaching the Gulls in heaven where he resides?

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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