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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 does Jonathan decide he needs to do with his wings in order to succeed in the dive from #10?

2. To the rest of the gulls, it is not flying that matters, but ________.

3. When does Jonathan attempt his dives again?

4. What does Jonathan fly through, without killing anyone?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the gull speed record that Jonathan sets during his efforts to improve his flying?

5. What does the voice in Jonathan's head have to say about gulls flying in the dark?

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Jonathan becomes a teacher of those Gulls in the Flock who genuinely want to learn more, even if they get in trouble with the rest of the Flock and its authority powers.

Part 1: Describe and name the first student of Jonathan, its progress and eventual outcome.

Part 2: Name one other student of Jonathan and describe its education.

Part 3: Do you think Jonathan is a good teacher? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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