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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 does Jonathan feel is just even more of a burden to bear?

2. What is Jonathan limited by, according to the strange voice he hears in his head?

3. Who summons Jonathan when he begins to think about teaching the other gulls how to fly?

4. What is NOT one of the techniques that Jonathan learns?

5. What does Jonathan learn to do which allows him to cover 100 miles overnight?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Jonathan discover is the key to turning when he is flying at great speeds?

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

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

5. As Jonathan begins his pull out during his record-setting speed, what happens?

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

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

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

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

10. What do Jonathan's parents think about his behavior when the other seagulls are eating?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

The old guru Chiang is a mystical figure in this story. His wisdom seems far beyond even the realms of heaven. Just like any guru, he seems to be a little vague in his explanations, but at the same time, his knowledge and teaching help everyone around him

Part 1: What does Chiang propose as the description of heaven?

Part 2: What does it mean when the book says Chiang teaches Jonathan to transcend time?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to transcend time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Jonathan seems to be a Gull with otherworldly ambitions, it seems. He is always striving for something more, while also asking questions of all around him.

Part 1: Why does Jonathan want more from his life?

Part 2: What does Jonathan want from his life and its experiences?

Part 3: Why doesn't Jonathan just settle for what other Gulls want from their lives? What makes him different?

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