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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. To the rest of the gulls, it is not flying that matters, but ________.

2. What does Jonathan hit when he loses control as described in #15?

3. When does Jonathan regain consciousness?

4. Jonathan wishes to free the other gulls from ______ years of scrabbling for fish heads.

5. __________ is power, joy, and pure beauty.

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the gull speed record that Jonathan sets during his efforts to improve his flying?

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

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

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

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

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

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 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?

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

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?

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