Blindness Test | 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. Why do the inmates collecting the food start shouting out the entrance?

2. How many inmates are ordered to take away the Thief's body?

3. What is the Doctor pretending to look at when his wife wakes up?

4. What is the problem with the food at lunch?

5. Where does the Girl with Dark Glasses go immediately after leaving the Doctor's office?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the asylum dormitory.

2. Why do the guards fire on the inmates?

3. How do the Thugs take control of the food rations?

4. By this point, is the dispersal of food effectively organized by Chapter 7?

5. Describe the spread and dissipation of the blindness disease throughout the novel.

6. How does the Doctor's Wife meet the Dog of Tears?

7. How does the Man with the Eye-Patch describe the state of the outside world?

8. What is the general attitude in the other wards when food stops arriving at the main entrance?

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

10. What arrangement do the Thugs make for payment?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Several objects have major effects on the outcome of events in quarantine. Write a body paragraph about each of these objects: initial impressions upon its first appearance in the narrative, conjecture about its possible use by characters, and eventual function within the story:

Part 1) The gun

Part 2) The scissors

Part 3) The lighter

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In the latter passages of the novel, dogs are a constant presence in the filthy, dying streets of the blind city. Largely, they are seen as scavengers, but one - the dog of tears - is a healing gentle soul. What does he symbolize for the Doctor's Wife? To what extent does his arrival herald a turning point in the story? Is the dog otherworldly? Does it act against its nature? Write, in essay form, about the function of the dogs of tears, focusing a paragraph each of the following:

1. Its entrance into the story

2. Its attitude towards death

3. Its interactions with other dogs

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