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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 vow he will do when the voice says what it does in #24?

2. The voice tells Jonathan he does not have ________ for brains.

3. Who was dismayed with Jonathan for his unique way of living?

4. Of what does the Council say that Jonathan has violated the dignity and the tradition?

5. What kind of wings does the strange voice tell Johnathan he does not have?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The idea of needing 10,000 reincarnations to "get" the meaning of life seems astounding to read in this book. The Gull needs to come back to the Earth again and again in order to learn the lessons Jonathan learns.

Part 1: Why does an ordinary Gull need 10,000 reincarnations to understand the meaning of life?

Part 2: What other lessons do Gulls learn as they go through these various reincarnations?

Part 3: What makes Jonathan so special in regards to this idea of reincarnations?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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