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Blindness Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

Discuss the use of violence in the novel. Is it seen as a purely evil force, or is its function in the novel more ambiguous? Why is it presented in such graphic detail? Write about each of the following violent episodes:

1. The gang-rape of the first ward women by the Thugs.

2. The murder of the Leader of the Thugs by the Doctor's Wife.

3. The burning down of the asylum.

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.

The character of the Thief dominates much of the beginning of the novel, but he is the first internee to die. Choose one of the following questions about the Thief to answer in essay form:

1.) The Thief - in his last moments - privately contends that he is not dying because of any sin he has committed, but because he helped the First Man after he went blind. Do you agree with this? Defend your position, citing evidence in the novel.

2.) The Thief is an anarchist force when he enters quarantine. He quarrels regularly, fights movement to organize, and declares that at last he is equal to those around him. To what extent does he represent the antithesis of the Thugs that will arrive after his death?

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