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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. What does Nat tell his wife when she asks about the Triggs’ wellbeing?
(a) That he has no idea where they are
(b) That they are hiding out in the barn
(c) That they are dead
(d) That they have gone to stay with friends
2. After the second attack, what does Nat realize is controlling the birds’ behavior?
(a) The moon.
(b) The sun.
(c) The wind.
(d) The tide.
3. After battling birds in the kitchen, what does Nat ask his wife for?
(a) A beer.
(b) A cigarette.
(c) A massage.
(d) A sandwich.
4. What does Nat do with the Triggs’ bodies before returning home?
(b) Moves them to the bedroom.
(c) Buries them in a shallow grave.
(d) Covers them in sheets.
5. What does Nat think the army should do to fight against the birds?
(a) Spray them with mustard gas.
(b) Shoot them with machine guns.
(c) Nothing – he knows it would be fruitless.
(d) Drop a bomb.
Short Answer Questions
1. According to the announcer, at what time was a national emergency declared?
2. After turning off the wireless, what time do the children finally fall asleep?
3. What is Nat doing as the story comes to a close?
4. According to Nat’s calculation, how long will each “lull” between attacks last?
5. Which character thinks an army attack against the birds would be a “waste of life”?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the radio music change during the attacks, and what does this signify?
2. What does Nat realize is the force behind the bird attacks, and what does this mean to his survival planning?
3. Why does Nat drive through the second gate to his home after leaving the Trigg farm?
4. Who is Jim, and how was he killed?
5. How have the farm animals, on both the Hocken and Trigg properties, been affected by the attacks?
6. Why happens that leads Nat to realize the necessity of keeping a fire burning in the kitchen chimney at all times?
7. How does Nat feel about the army sending reconnaissance forces to battle the birds?
8. Why does silence fill the Hocken house after the third attack, and what does this mean?
9. When Nat leaves the house for the first time to gather supplies, what does he notice about the birds?
10. Why doesn’t Nat feel bad about stealing supplies from the Trigg farm, and how much does he gather?
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