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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 seems to make Jonathan want to try his flights at even higher heights?

2. "Seagulls, as you know, never falter, never _____."

3. The Elders hope Jonathan will live long enough to realize life is _________ and unknowable.

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

5. To the rest of the gulls, it is not flying that matters, but ________.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. What does Jonathan realize is the secret to his success in flying close to the water?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Jonathan becomes a teacher of those Gulls in the Flock who genuinely want to learn more, even if they get in trouble with the rest of the Flock and its authority powers.

Part 1: Describe and name the first student of Jonathan, its progress and eventual outcome.

Part 2: Name one other student of Jonathan and describe its education.

Part 3: Do you think Jonathan is a good teacher? 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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