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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 goal Jonathan sets for himself in relation to speed and performance?
2. Only on occasion does Jonathan remember using wings in the fight for _________.
3. Sullivan declares Jonathan has less fear of _____ than any gull in 10,000 years.
4. What will traveling in the past and in the future help Jonathan to know the meaning of? Kindness and __________.
5. What is the Elder Gull said to soon be moving beyond?
Short Essay Questions
1. What are people saying about the Elder Gull, Chiang, as he is introduced in the story?
2. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
3. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?
4. What is the one thing Chiang thinks Jonathan needs to work on as he continues to develop his flying and his abilities?
5. Who is Jonathan's initial instructor when he arrives in this strange land?
6. How many lives do most gulls need in order to come to the basic realization that there is more to life?
7. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
8. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
9. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
10. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
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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