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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 are the the gulls coming to Jonathan to do?

2. Jonathan tries to defend his actions, saying he is the most ________ of gulls.

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

4. What does Jonathan vow he will do when the voice says what it does in #24?

5. What is the terminal velocity Jonathan reaches when he is practicing?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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

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 Flock Elders seem to be quite set in their ways, establishing an authoritarian body that doesn't take into consideration the individual needs and desires of the Gulls.

Part 1: In what ways do the Flock Elders control the other Gulls?

Part 2: How does the power of the Flock Elders affect the Gulls in the Flock?

Part 3: Does it seem as though the Flock Elders need to change their ideas? Why or why not?

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