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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. Where does Jonathan want to go, after his Elder has vanished and he continues his lessons in love?
2. Jonathan tells Fletcher not to be harsh towards gulls that only ________ themselves.
3. What does the Elder Gull tell Jonathan to keep working on right before the Elder Gull vanishes?
4. Only on occasion does Jonathan remember using wings in the fight for _________.
5. Jonathan now has new wings of polished _________.
Short Essay Questions
1. How many lives do most gulls need in order to come to the basic realization that there is more to life?
2. What are people saying about the Elder Gull, Chiang, as he is introduced in the story?
3. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
4. What is the saying Jonathan remembers about Heaven in relation to fatigue?
5. What is the one thing Chiang thinks Jonathan needs to work on as he continues to develop his flying and his abilities?
6. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?
7. Where does Jonathan believe he is in this section of the book?
8. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
9. Who is Jonathan's initial instructor when he arrives in this strange land?
10. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
In the end, Fletcher is the teacher of the Gulls, but they seem to be interested in other things besides what he wants to teach. And thus the story continues as it began.
Part 1: What does Fletcher have to master first before he can absorb the lofty philosophy of Jonathan?
Part 2: What do the students want from Fletcher now that he is the teacher?
Part 3: Do you think Fletcher is ready to be a teacher? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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