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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. One must know that one has _______ everywhere at once across space and time, according to the Elder Gull.
2. What do these new birds practice every day, much to the delight of Johnathan?
3. Perfect speed is "being _________."
4. How far are the gulls on Earth from Heaven?
5. What does the Elder Gull tell Jonathan to keep working on right before the Elder Gull vanishes?
Short Essay Questions
1. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?
2. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?
3. How many lives do most gulls need in order to come to the basic realization that there is more to life?
4. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
5. When will Jonathan touch heaven, according to Chiang's answers?
6. What does Jonathan's teacher say when Johnathan asks why there are so few gulls in their location?
7. What is Chiang's response to Jonathan's question about whether this place is heaven or not?
8. What are people saying about the Elder Gull, Chiang, as he is introduced in the story?
9. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
10. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Jonathan becomes a teacher of those Gulls in the Flock who genuinely want to learn more, even if they get in trouble with the rest of the Flock and its authority powers.
Part 1: Describe and name the first student of Jonathan, its progress and eventual outcome.
Part 2: Name one other student of Jonathan and describe its education.
Part 3: Do you think Jonathan is a good teacher? Why or why not?
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 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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