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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 do these other gulls have an elegant technique for doing as they fly?
2. What does the Elder Gull tell Jonathan to forget about as he is learning to transport himself?
3. Who is the seagull that feels he has been too harshly and unjustly treated by the Flock?
4. Jonathan will begin to touch heaven when he touches perfect _________ beyond any limit
5. What does the Elder Gull do to prove the answer to #87 is correct?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
2. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
3. How does Chiang demonstrate touching heaven, which dazzles Jonathan and makes him want to learn more from this guru?
4. What does Jonathan's teacher say when Johnathan asks why there are so few gulls in their location?
5. Describe what happens when Chiang passes to the other world, or transfigures, as many might call it.
6. What are Jonathan's new wings seemingly made out of when he is flying in the new world?
7. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?
8. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
9. When will Jonathan touch heaven, according to Chiang's answers?
10. What does Sullivan declare about Jonathan in relation to his approach to learning?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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 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.
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