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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. How many times does Jonathan try this dive in question #10?

2. What does Jonathan's mother call him?

3. How many birds are in the group mentioned in question #1?

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

5. How many gulls join Jonathan in his exile?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What are people saying about the Elder Gull, Chiang, as he is introduced in the story?

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

4. Who does Jonathan see as having a blazing desire to learn to fly?

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

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

7. Where does Jonathan believe he is in this section of the book?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher is something that works to secure the reputation of the small group of students, even though it was meant to harm their appearance to the rest of the Flock.

Part 1: How did the sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher take place? Please describe how this occurred.

Part 2: To what else can this death and resurrection be compared? What other story seems to have been used as the inspiration for this situation?

Part 3: Do you think these events had to happen to Fletcher in order to make the group of students reputable? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The meaning of life seems to be the overall theme of this book, with the introduction of the 'normal" life for the Gulls versus the life Jonathan strives to have.

Part 1: What is the meaning of life as defined by the Gulls?

Part 2: What is the meaning of life as defined by Jonathan?

Part 3: Does the idea of the meaning of life change throughout the story? How? If not, why not?

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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