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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 gull speed record that Jonathan sets as he makes that adjustment from #13?

2. What does Jonathan's mother call him?

3. Jonathan was no ordinary ______.

4. What is the middle name of the gull who likes to practice flying all by himself?

5. What is Jonathan beginning during his fast dive when he loses control?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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's mother ask him to do when she sees him flying all by himself all the time?

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

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

9. What is the name of the morning's group of seagulls that are looking for food?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The idea of the master's place in a student's life is also questioned in the last part of the book. In the relationship of Fletcher and Jonathan, the way these two Gulls interact impacts them both greatly.

Part 1: What does Fletcher decide to do in order to help spread the word about the lessons he's learned?

Part 2: Why does Jonathan remain at the side of Fletcher? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

Part 3: Why does Jonathan have to help Fletcher using one of Chiang's techniques? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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