The Birds 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 hasn’t Mr. Trigg boarded up his windows against the attacking birds?

2. What type of land does Nat live on?

3. Who offers to drive Jill home from the bus stop?

4. According to the narrator, what “changed overnight” at the story’s opening?

5. Where does Nat deposit the bird bodies collected from his home?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nat’s mental state when he returns home from the bus stop?

2. What startling sight does Nat see while on the beach?

3. How does Nat protect himself from the bird attack as he runs home from Jill’s bus stop?

4. How does Nat fight the birds away from his children during the first attack?

5. When does Nat typically watch the birds, and what does he notice about them when the story opens?

6. Who does Nat speak to while at the bus stop, and what is their reaction to his call?

7. How does Mrs. Hocken react when Nat starts boarding up the windows and doors?

8. How is the weather described on the morning of the first bird attack?

9. What supplies do the Hockens have at home, and what does Nat list as necessities to buy the next time he’s in town?

10. During the news broadcast at dinner that night, what insight does the announcer give into the attacks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the initial response toward the bird attacks by the authorities? Why do they respond in the way that they do? What suggestions does Nat have for dealing with the birds? Are the birds ever dealt with? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Symbolism is an important element of "The Birds." Find three symbolic elements, incidents, or objects in the story. Explain how the elements are symbolic and why they are important.

Essay Topic 3

Although it is not explicitly stated, it can be argued that "The Birds" is a reference to the coming Cold War. Do you believe this is an accurate assessment? Why or why not? If so, provide examples from the text to support your claim. If not, explain why the Cold War analogy is made using references from the story. Refute these references.

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