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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 the terminal velocity Jonathan reaches when he is practicing?
2. The Elders hope Jonathan will live long enough to realize life is _________ and unknowable.
3. Of what does the Council say that Jonathan has violated the dignity and the tradition?
4. What is NOT one of the techniques that Jonathan learns?
5. The voice tells Jonathan he does not have ________ for brains.
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Kirk Maynard Gull and his interaction with Johnathan.
2. Which gull objects to the answer to #46 and what is his reasoning?
3. What does Charles-Roland Seagull do that impresses others while he is flying?
4. Describe what happens when Chiang passes to the other world, or transfigures, as many might call it.
5. What causes Fletcher to crash into a cliff at 200mph?
6. What is Jonathan's reasoning for wanting to teach the others?
7. What bans the Outcasts from returning to the Flock, as told to them by the Council's rulings?
8. What does the strange voice in Jonathan's head tell him about his flying, at first?
9. What happens when Jonathan fails and he begins to turn his thoughts to just sinking to the bottom of the sea?
10. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
Essay Topic 1
It seems that in the definition of reincarnation, Gulls do not come back as anything other than Gulls. This seems strange as traditional thoughts on reincarnation say that animals come back as other animals and even humans.
Part 1: Why don't Gulls come back as anything besides Gulls?
Part 2: What does Chiang say will help to break this cycle of coming back as the same species again and again?
Part 3: Why might Gulls be the only species who come back as the same thing? What reasons can you provide?
Essay Topic 2
The idea of Jonathan being a freethinker seems to be both good and bad. At times, it seems Jonathan might be making more of a mess of his life than he needs to.
Part 1: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking benefit him in this story?
Part 2: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking hurt him in this story?
Part 3: If you were in Jonathan's shoes, what sort of life would you choose - a freethinker or a follower? What is the reasoning behind your answer?
Essay Topic 3
The Council for the Flock seems to want to discredit Jonathan's work in order to render him powerless over the rest of the Flock who has not converted. This seems to be quite realistic in relation to the way some governments control their people's perceptions as well.
Part 1: Why does the Council want to discredit Jonathan?
Part 2: What would the benefits of his being discredited be for the Flock? For the Council?
Part 3: What does the Council do in order to attempt to discredit Jonathan?
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