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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. Which aspect of the birds’ behavior does Nat find most interesting?
(a) Their mating.
(b) Their eating habits.
(c) Their fighting.
(d) Their migration.
2. When Nat returns home from burying the bodies, what news does his wife deliver?
(a) Their daughter has been attacked while at school.
(b) There have been bird attacks all around the country.
(c) The army is sending planes to fight against the attacking birds.
(d) Mr. Trigg is dead.
3. Who does Mr. Trigg think has poisoned the birds?
(a) The Russians.
(b) The Chinese.
(c) The French.
(d) The Americans.
4. According to the narrator, what “changed overnight” at the story’s opening?
(a) The world.
(b) Nat’s heart.
(c) The weather.
(d) The politics.
5. While Nat prepares for the next bird attack, what does his wife do?
(a) She makes dinner.
(b) She washes her hair.
(c) She gossips on the phone.
(d) She paints her fingernails.
Short Answer Questions
1. During the one o’clock news bulletin, how are the birds described?
2. Why hasn’t Mr. Trigg boarded up his windows against the attacking birds?
3. What does Nat find most annoying about the radio news broadcaster?
4. Throughout the story, whom does Nat often order to “do what I tell you”?
5. What type of bird makes a kamikaze dive toward Nat’s head?
Short Essay Questions
1. What does Mrs. Hocken think the army should do to battle the birds, and what is Nat’s reaction to his wife’s idea?
2. What does Nat think has caused the birds’ strange behavior?
3. What is Nat’s mental state when he returns home from the bus stop?
4. How does Nat dispose of the bird carcasses that litter his yard after the first attack?
5. How is the weather described on the morning of the first bird attack?
6. What theory does Mrs. Trigg present as the origins of the strange birds?
7. When does Nat typically watch the birds, and what does he notice about them when the story opens?
8. Why is Nat filled with “a kind of excitement” upon returning home from the beach?
9. During the news broadcast at dinner that night, what insight does the announcer give into the attacks?
10. What supplies do the Hockens have at home, and what does Nat list as necessities to buy the next time he’s in town?
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