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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. A single _________ is the key to curving while diving, Johnathan finds.

3. Jonathan believes he has discovered the _______ for their lives.

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

5. What is the gull speed record that Jonathan sets as he makes that adjustment from #13?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The meaning of life seems to be the overall theme of this book, with the introduction of the 'normal" life for the Gulls versus the life Jonathan strives to have.

Part 1: What is the meaning of life as defined by the Gulls?

Part 2: What is the meaning of life as defined by Jonathan?

Part 3: Does the idea of the meaning of life change throughout the story? How? If not, why not?

Essay Topic 2

When Chiang vanishes, it seems to be a surprise to the reader and to the Gulls in the story. This apparent transfiguration seems to also be symbolic of Chiang's place in his learning.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Chiang vanishes from view.

Part 2: What is thought to have happened that caused Chiang to vanish?

Part 3: Do you think this vanishing was meant to be taken literally or metaphorically? Why?

Essay Topic 3

The cycle of the story continues with Jonathan coming to Fletcher as his new guru. The story continues with Jonathan wanting to impart his knowledge to the next generation of Gulls.

Part 1: How does Jonathan contact Fletcher and become his new teacher?

Part 2: What is Fletcher's response to this occurrence?

Part 3: Why does Fletcher seem to need Jonathan's guidance? Or does he? Support your answer.

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