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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. Who is the seagull that feels he has been too harshly and unjustly treated by the Flock?
3. At first, Jonathan can not transport himself more than a ________ width at a time.
4. Perfect speed is "being _________."
5. What is the only thing the Elder Gull still thinks Jonathan needs to work on?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the one thing Chiang thinks Jonathan needs to work on as he continues to develop his flying and his abilities?
2. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?
3. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
4. What does Sullivan declare about Jonathan in relation to his approach to learning?
5. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
6. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?
7. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?
8. When will Jonathan touch heaven, according to Chiang's answers?
9. What is the saying Jonathan remembers about Heaven in relation to fatigue?
10. Where does Jonathan believe he is in this section of the book?
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 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?
Essay Topic 3
The idea of the master's place in a student's life is also questioned in the last part of the book. In the relationship of Fletcher and Jonathan, the way these two Gulls interact impacts them both greatly.
Part 1: What does Fletcher decide to do in order to help spread the word about the lessons he's learned?
Part 2: Why does Jonathan remain at the side of Fletcher? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why does Jonathan have to help Fletcher using one of Chiang's techniques? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?
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