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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. Only on occasion does Jonathan remember using wings in the fight for _________.
2. The Elder Gull says, "Flight only requires only understanding how to _____."
3. What memories are fading for Jonathan as he spends more time in this new land?
4. What does the Elder Gull tell Jonathan to keep working on right before the Elder Gull vanishes?
5. Who is the Elder Gull?
Short Essay Questions
1. Who is Jonathan's initial instructor when he arrives in this strange land?
2. What does Sullivan declare about Jonathan in relation to his approach to learning?
3. What does Jonathan want to do once his Guru has vanished and left his side?
4. What does Jonathan believe Heaven should do in terms of limits?
5. What does Jonathan notice about the other gulls, but he falls asleep before he can try out this technique?
6. What are people saying about the Elder Gull, Chiang, as he is introduced in the story?
7. What does Chiang tell Jonathan to forget about as he attempts to learn how to transport himself?
8. What is Chiang's response to Jonathan's question about whether this place is heaven or not?
9. What is the saying Jonathan remembers about Heaven in relation to fatigue?
10. What is the best speed Jonathan can reach in this new and delightful setting in the story?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The old guru Chiang is a mystical figure in this story. His wisdom seems far beyond even the realms of heaven. Just like any guru, he seems to be a little vague in his explanations, but at the same time, his knowledge and teaching help everyone around him
Part 1: What does Chiang propose as the description of heaven?
Part 2: What does it mean when the book says Chiang teaches Jonathan to transcend time?
Part 3: Do you think it's possible to transcend time? 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
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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