The Birds Test | Final 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. How do Jill and Johnny react to the droning sound during dinner?

2. In the face of impending attacks, what does the announcer ask the population to do?

3. What does Nat worry about when he turns the wireless off?

4. What does Nat think the army should do to fight against the birds?

5. According to the announcer, what is the most important step citizens should take to protect themselves against the bird attacks?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Nat doing as the story comes to a close?

2. What is the droning sound that the Hockens hear during their dinner, and why does it stop?

3. Who is Jim, and how was he killed?

4. What does Nat realize is the force behind the bird attacks, and what does this mean to his survival planning?

5. What state are Mr. and Mrs. Trigg in when Nat arrives at their house?

6. How has the radio announcer’s voice changed in the 6 o’clock broadcast?

7. Why does Nat feel a sense of admiration for the birds?

8. Why does silence fill the Hocken house after the third attack, and what does this mean?

9. Why doesn’t Nat feel bad about stealing supplies from the Trigg farm, and how much does he gather?

10. How does Nat use the bird corpses to reinforce his barricades, and how does he feel about this?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

What signs that something is amiss does Nat notice early on in the story? Why does he notice these things when no one else does? How does Nat's ability to notice these things ultimately affect the fate of his character?

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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