Jonathan Livingston Seagull Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Jonathan say when Sullivan says he will miss him? "Friendship transcends space and _______."

2. Who is skeptical of Jonathan's ideas and plans for his future?

3. What does the Elder Gull tell Jonathan to forget about as he is learning to transport himself?

4. At first, Jonathan can not transport himself more than a ________ width at a time.

5. What does Jonathan want Fletcher to begin with as he takes him as a student?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

When Chiang vanishes, it seems to be a surprise to the reader and to the Gulls in the story. This apparent transfiguration seems to also be symbolic of Chiang's place in his learning.

Part 1: Describe the scene in which Chiang vanishes from view.

Part 2: What is thought to have happened that caused Chiang to vanish?

Part 3: Do you think this vanishing was meant to be taken literally or metaphorically? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher is something that works to secure the reputation of the small group of students, even though it was meant to harm their appearance to the rest of the Flock.

Part 1: How did the sacrificial death and resurrection of Fletcher take place? Please describe how this occurred.

Part 2: To what else can this death and resurrection be compared? What other story seems to have been used as the inspiration for this situation?

Part 3: Do you think these events had to happen to Fletcher in order to make the group of students reputable? Why or why not?

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