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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. Whose body is found next to the Triggs’ telephone?
2. During the third attack, what room does Nat realize the birds have broken into?
3. How does Nat enter the Trigg home?
4. After battling birds in the kitchen, what does Nat ask his wife for?
5. Upon arriving at the Trigg farm, what does Nat notice about the sheep?
Short Essay Questions
1. When Nat leaves the house for the first time to gather supplies, what does he notice about the birds?
2. How does the Hocken family respond to the six o’clock news announcement?
3. Who is Jim, and how was he killed?
4. Why does Nat decide to take his family with him to the Trigg farm in search of supplies?
5. Why does Nat drive through the second gate to his home after leaving the Trigg farm?
6. During the final attack, what does Nat wonder about the birds’ mindset?
7. What does Nat realize is the force behind the bird attacks, and what does this mean to his survival planning?
8. How have the farm animals, on both the Hocken and Trigg properties, been affected by the attacks?
9. How does Nat use the bird corpses to reinforce his barricades, and how does he feel about this?
10. What does Mrs. Hocken chide Johnny about during dinner in the story’s final section, and why is this ironic?
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
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.
Essay Topic 3
What is unique about the past of the character Nat Hocken? How does his past affect him in the present? Does this set him apart from other characters in the story? Why or why not?
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