Blindness Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Of the four corpses that the first ward buries, how many actually slept in the first ward?

2. What valuable piece of information does the Doctor's Wife take from the radio?

3. What does the Girl with Dark Glasses want to listen to on the portable radio?

4. What do the soldiers pour on the blind Thief's blood?

5. In the discussion of organizing the first ward, which is not a suggested task to be assigned?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the state of the dormitory at the end of Chapter 6.

2. What is the Doctor's Wife's reaction to her husbands hypothesis about his blindness?

3. How does the Girl with Dark Glasses respond to the Man with the Eye-Patch's declaration of love?

4. What does the Doctor's Wife do when she sees her husband in bed with the Girl with Dark Glasses?

5. Describe the scene in the Thug's Ward immediately after the Doctor's Wife kills their leader.

6. Describe the Thugs' ward.

7. What does the Doctor do when his Wife tells him that a Man with an Eye-Patch has arrived in the ward?

8. In what state do the Doctor and his Wife find the Gaunt Old Woman when they approach her building?

9. How does the First Man compose himself in the Doctor's office?

10. How do the Thugs keep track of their earnings?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Consider the government's plan for dealing with the white sickness. Knowing what transpires as time goes on, what steps could be taken to avoid the spread of the disease? If none, what course of action could have been taken to protect the population of the unnamed country?

Essay Topic 2

Saramago makes several references to the old cliche: "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." In the central section of the novel, he pits two characters with sensory advantages against each other: the Doctor's Wife, who can see, and the Chronicler, who was born blind and can read and type braille. Compare and contrast these two "one-eyed men" and how they use or do not use their advantages. Is either truly a leader or "king" in the quarantine? What does each hope to achieve for their constituency?

Essay Topic 3

Jose Saramago writes his parable without any proper names. How does affect he telling of the story and the readers attitude toward the characters. Cite three characters and describe an initial impression of the person based solely on his/her "name." Go on to describe the journey of that character through the story and how he/she does or does not confound expectations.

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