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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. Those who put aside travel for perfection go anywhere ______.
2. What fills Jonathan's eyes when he tells the Elder Gull he wants to conquer another unknown?
3. What does Fletcher do when he hears the strange voice in his head?
4. What does Jonathan say when Sullivan says he will miss him? "Friendship transcends space and _______."
5. What do these new birds practice every day, much to the delight of Johnathan?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Jonathan's teacher say when Johnathan asks why there are so few gulls in their location?
2. How many lives do most gulls need in order to come to the basic realization that there is more to life?
3. What is the one thing Chiang thinks Jonathan needs to work on as he continues to develop his flying and his abilities?
4. When will Jonathan touch heaven, according to Chiang's answers?
5. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
6. What does Jonathan remember to use his wings for, only on occasion, however?
7. When does Jonathan make the first sound since leaving Earth?
8. What is Chiang's response to Jonathan's question about whether this place is heaven or not?
9. Describe what happens when Chiang passes to the other world, or transfigures, as many might call it.
10. Where does Jonathan believe he is in this section of the book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The idea of the master's place in a student's life is also questioned in the last part of the book. In the relationship of Fletcher and Jonathan, the way these two Gulls interact impacts them both greatly.
Part 1: What does Fletcher decide to do in order to help spread the word about the lessons he's learned?
Part 2: Why does Jonathan remain at the side of Fletcher? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?
Part 3: Why does Jonathan have to help Fletcher using one of Chiang's techniques? Was this a good idea? Why or why not?
Essay Topic 2
The cycle of the story continues with Jonathan coming to Fletcher as his new guru. The story continues with Jonathan wanting to impart his knowledge to the next generation of Gulls.
Part 1: How does Jonathan contact Fletcher and become his new teacher?
Part 2: What is Fletcher's response to this occurrence?
Part 3: Why does Fletcher seem to need Jonathan's guidance? Or does he? Support your answer.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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