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. Which of the following bird species is NOT mentioned in the one o’clock news?

2. Which aspect of the birds’ behavior does Nat find most interesting?

3. What country does Mrs. Trigg think the violent birds have come from?

4. What type of birds were involved in the previous night’s attack?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why is Nat filled with “a kind of excitement” upon returning home from the beach?

5. How does Mr. Trigg help the situation when Jill arrives at the bus stop?

6. What does Nat find irritating about the radio announcer’s voice, and why?

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

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

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

10. How does Nat dispose of the bird carcasses that litter his yard after the first attack?

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

In your opinion, why does the story have an ambiguous ending? Is this merely to elicit a reaction from the readers, or does the author have a deeper purpose? Is there an entirely different reason? Explain.

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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