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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. The Elder Gull tells Jonathan that the key is knowing that one has already _________ when it comes to the way he moves from place to place.
2. How far are the gulls on Earth from Heaven?
3. What does Jonathan feel he was born to do?
4. Sullivan declares Jonathan has less fear of _____ than any gull in 10,000 years.
5. If you learn nothing, Jonathan finds out, the next world is ________.
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The old guru Chiang is a mystical figure in this story. His wisdom seems far beyond even the realms of heaven. Just like any guru, he seems to be a little vague in his explanations, but at the same time, his knowledge and teaching help everyone around him
Part 1: What does Chiang propose as the description of heaven?
Part 2: What does it mean when the book says Chiang teaches Jonathan to transcend time?
Part 3: Do you think it's possible to transcend time? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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