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 is the Elder Gull said to soon be moving beyond?

2. What fills Jonathan's eyes when he tells the Elder Gull he wants to conquer another unknown?

3. Where does Jonathan want to go, after his Elder has vanished and he continues his lessons in love?

4. Jonathan just wants to share the _______ with a willing gull.

5. Who is the Elder Gull?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

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?

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