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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. How does Jonathan suddenly feel as he is left by himself?
2. How far are the gulls on Earth from Heaven?
3. What is the Elder Gull said to soon be moving beyond?
4. Where does Jonathan think he is at the beginning of this part of the book?
5. What is the goal Jonathan sets for himself in relation to speed and performance?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?
2. Who is Jonathan's initial instructor when he arrives in this strange land?
3. What are Jonathan's new wings seemingly made out of when he is flying in the new world?
4. Describe what happens when Chiang passes to the other world, or transfigures, as many might call it.
5. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
6. How many lives do most gulls need in order to come to the basic realization that there is more to life?
7. What is the saying Jonathan remembers about Heaven in relation to fatigue?
8. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
9. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?
10. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Jonathan really wants to share what he has learned with the other Gulls, but he is prevented from doing so. His sharing could promote great changes, he thinks.
Part 1: What are some of the lessons Jonathan wants to share with the rest of the Gulls?
Part 2: How is Jonathan prevented from sharing his knowledge with others?
Part 3: Is this situation harmful or helpful to the other Gulls in the Flock? Support your answer with examples from the book.
Essay Topic 2
It seems that in the definition of reincarnation, Gulls do not come back as anything other than Gulls. This seems strange as traditional thoughts on reincarnation say that animals come back as other animals and even humans.
Part 1: Why don't Gulls come back as anything besides Gulls?
Part 2: What does Chiang say will help to break this cycle of coming back as the same species again and again?
Part 3: Why might Gulls be the only species who come back as the same thing? What reasons can you provide?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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