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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 smiles the morning that Jonathan almost hits the gulls and the boat?

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

3. What does Jonathan drop on purpose when he realizes he just wants to fly and it was pointless for him to try to be like other birds?

4. How far up in the sky is Jonathan at first when he is practicing his flying?

5. "Seagulls, as you know, never falter, never _____."

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 3

The existence of an afterlife is something that becomes a crucial part of the knowledge and the development of some of the Gulls in this book. But the definition of this afterlife is a little harder to grasp.

Part 1: How does the knowledge of the afterlife affect Johnathan?

Part 2: What does Jonathan learn about the idea of the afterlife? How is it described to him?

Part 3: Why does Jonathan simply accept the idea of an afterlife as it is given to him?

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