Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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?
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?
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?
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?
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