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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 does the Elder Gull do to prove the answer to #87 is correct?
2. What do these new birds practice every day, much to the delight of Johnathan?
3. What is the Elder Gull said to soon be moving beyond?
4. Only on occasion does Jonathan remember using wings in the fight for _________.
5. Those who put aside travel for perfection go anywhere ______.
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Sullivan declare about Jonathan in relation to his approach to learning?
2. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
3. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
4. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
5. What is Chiang's response to Jonathan's question about whether this place is heaven or not?
6. Where does Jonathan believe he is in this section of the book?
7. What are Jonathan's new wings seemingly made out of when he is flying in the new world?
8. What is the saying Jonathan remembers about Heaven in relation to fatigue?
9. How does Chiang demonstrate touching heaven, which dazzles Jonathan and makes him want to learn more from this guru?
10. When will Jonathan touch heaven, according to Chiang's answers?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of needing 10,000 reincarnations to "get" the meaning of life seems astounding to read in this book. The Gull needs to come back to the Earth again and again in order to learn the lessons Jonathan learns.
Part 1: Why does an ordinary Gull need 10,000 reincarnations to understand the meaning of life?
Part 2: What other lessons do Gulls learn as they go through these various reincarnations?
Part 3: What makes Jonathan so special in regards to this idea of reincarnations?
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 Jonathan being a freethinker seems to be both good and bad. At times, it seems Jonathan might be making more of a mess of his life than he needs to.
Part 1: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking benefit him in this story?
Part 2: In what ways does Jonathan's freethinking hurt him in this story?
Part 3: If you were in Jonathan's shoes, what sort of life would you choose - a freethinker or a follower? What is the reasoning behind your answer?
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