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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. While collecting supplies, what reason does Nat realize the birds have for not attacking him?
2. Before the final attack, what does Nat mistake the swarm of gulls as?
3. Whose body is found next to the Triggs’ telephone?
4. What detail about the Trigg farm initially fills Nat with misgiving?
5. How does Nat enter the Trigg home?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the radio music change during the attacks, and what does this signify?
2. How have the farm animals, on both the Hocken and Trigg properties, been affected by the attacks?
3. Why happens that leads Nat to realize the necessity of keeping a fire burning in the kitchen chimney at all times?
4. How does the Hocken family respond to the six o’clock news announcement?
5. How does Nat use the bird corpses to reinforce his barricades, and how does he feel about this?
6. What state are Mr. and Mrs. Trigg in when Nat arrives at their house?
7. During the final attack, what does Nat wonder about the birds’ mindset?
8. What is Nat doing as the story comes to a close?
9. How does Nat feel about the army sending reconnaissance forces to battle the birds?
10. Why does Nat feel a sense of admiration for the birds?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
The story's setting in an isolated English coastal town is critical to the plot. Do you believe this is so? If so, how does the setting of the story ultimately affect the plot, especially in terms of isolation? If the setting is not critical to the plot, why not? Explain how setting the story elsewhere would not affect the plot.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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