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?
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 Flock Elders seem to be quite set in their ways, establishing an authoritarian body that doesn't take into consideration the individual needs and desires of the Gulls.
Part 1: In what ways do the Flock Elders control the other Gulls?
Part 2: How does the power of the Flock Elders affect the Gulls in the Flock?
Part 3: Does it seem as though the Flock Elders need to change their ideas? Why or why not?
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?
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