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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. Between attacks, how is the sky frequently described?
2. What frightens the children enough for Nat to shout at them to “Stop crying”?
3. What does Nat do with the bird bodies he finds in his yard?
4. While driving home from the farm, whose body does Mrs. Hocken spot, and request Nat drive carefully around?
5. Before the final attack, what is the Hocken family eating for dinner?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nat feel about the army sending reconnaissance forces to battle the birds?
2. Why happens that leads Nat to realize the necessity of keeping a fire burning in the kitchen chimney at all times?
3. How does the Hocken family respond to the six o’clock news announcement?
4. Who is Jim, and how was he killed?
5. Why does Nat drive through the second gate to his home after leaving the Trigg farm?
6. What does Mrs. Hocken chide Johnny about during dinner in the story’s final section, and why is this ironic?
7. Why does Nat decide to take his family with him to the Trigg farm in search of supplies?
8. How does the radio music change during the attacks, and what does this signify?
9. How have the farm animals, on both the Hocken and Trigg properties, been affected by the attacks?
10. Why doesn’t Nat feel bad about stealing supplies from the Trigg farm, and how much does he gather?
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
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 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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