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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. How far does the item in #38 have to be turned in order to be effective during the diving technique?

2. After Jonathan's brush with death, again, he attempts what at 8000 feet?

3. What are the the gulls coming to Jonathan to do?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the gull speed record that Jonathan sets during his efforts to improve his flying?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher is something that works to secure the reputation of the small group of students, even though it was meant to harm their appearance to the rest of the Flock.

Part 1: How did the sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher take place? Please describe how this occurred.

Part 2: To what else can this death and resurrection be compared? What other story seems to have been used as the inspiration for this situation?

Part 3: Do you think these events had to happen to Fletcher in order to make the group of students reputable? Why or why not?

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