Blindness Test | Final 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. What does the Girl with Dark Glasses do with her bed, that the Doctor's Wife wishes she had thought to do?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 9, approximately how many internees are in quarantine?

3. Who cannot walk with her own strength after the gang-rape by the Thugs?

4. How many containers of food is the first ward given?

5. When the Doctor's Wife gets out of bed, what does she choose not to put on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the unnamed woman do with the lighter she finds among her baggage?

2. What idea does the Doctor's Wife have when it starts raining?

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

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

5. Describe the old woman with insomnia in Chapter 9.

6. Why would the Doctor's Wife's mentioning to the stranger she meets that she is going home reveal that she can see?

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

8. Describe the Gaunt Old Woman that lives below the Girl with Dark Glasses' parents' apartment.

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

10. How does the first ward get its information of the outside world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

If the novel Blindness is a parable, what is the lesson? Each of the surviving characters grows in a certain way from their experience in quarantine. What does the breakdown of their lives teach them? Cite examples for three of the surviving characters, noting how they behave at the beginning of the novel and at the end.

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