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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 is the terminal velocity Jonathan reaches when he is practicing?

2. The Elders hope Jonathan will live long enough to realize life is _________ and unknowable.

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

4. What is NOT one of the techniques that Jonathan learns?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Kirk Maynard Gull and his interaction with Johnathan.

2. Which gull objects to the answer to #46 and what is his reasoning?

3. What does Charles-Roland Seagull do that impresses others while he is flying?

4. Describe what happens when Chiang passes to the other world, or transfigures, as many might call it.

5. What causes Fletcher to crash into a cliff at 200mph?

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

7. What bans the Outcasts from returning to the Flock, as told to them by the Council's rulings?

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

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

10. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The old guru Chiang is a mystical figure in this story. His wisdom seems far beyond even the realms of heaven. Just like any guru, he seems to be a little vague in his explanations, but at the same time, his knowledge and teaching help everyone around him

Part 1: What does Chiang propose as the description of heaven?

Part 2: What does it mean when the book says Chiang teaches Jonathan to transcend time?

Part 3: Do you think it's possible to transcend time? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Jonathan really wants to share what he has learned with the other Gulls, but he is prevented from doing so. His sharing could promote great changes, he thinks.

Part 1: What are some of the lessons Jonathan wants to share with the rest of the Gulls?

Part 2: How is Jonathan prevented from sharing his knowledge with others?

Part 3: Is this situation harmful or helpful to the other Gulls in the Flock? Support your answer with examples from the book.

Essay Topic 3

The Council for the Flock seems to want to discredit Jonathan's work in order to render him powerless over the rest of the Flock who has not converted. This seems to be quite realistic in relation to the way some governments control their people's perceptions as well.

Part 1: Why does the Council want to discredit Jonathan?

Part 2: What would the benefits of his being discredited be for the Flock? For the Council?

Part 3: What does the Council do in order to attempt to discredit Jonathan?

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