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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 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 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?

Essay Topic 3

The idea that the humans look down on the Gulls is implied in the beginning of the story. This conflict between the humans and the Gulls is not fully explored, but one could see how it might be problematic.

Part 1: How does the author Bach describe the relationship between the Gulls and the humans?

Part 2: Do the Gulls ever interact with the humans?

Part 3: Do you think that more interaction might help the relationship between the Gulls and the humans? Why or why not?

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