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. After the first attack, what color is used to describe the morning sky?

2. How many birds does Nat kill during the attack in the children’s bedroom?

3. What does Nat take with him from the shed when he picks Jill up from the bus stop?

4. During which month does the story open?

5. At the story’s opening, how does Nat describe the birds’ strange behavior?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Nat rush to the bus stop, early, to meet Jill from school?

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

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

4. What does Nat think has caused the birds’ strange behavior?

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 do the birds first draw blood from Nat?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While "The Birds" is believed to have been allegorical to the Cold War, it is also believed that "The Birds" is a cautionary tale about the environment, or a warning about pushing nature too far. Which of these do you believe to be most accurate? Provide three examples from the text to support your claim. If you believe that "The Birds" is allegorical to all three options, provide one example speaking to each from the text.

Essay Topic 2

How does Nat's relationship with his wife and family differ both before and after the attack of the birds? Why is this so?

Essay Topic 3

How does "The Birds" reflect the theme of "man versus nature"? Do you believe this is the dominant theme in the story? Why or why not? If so, provide examples from the story which support your point. If not, explain what theme is dominant in the story. Provide examples to support your point.

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