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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What day does the narrator compare Wednesday to, based on sound?
(a) Saturday.
(b) Sunday.
(c) Thursday.
(d) Monday.

2. What is the man at the end of Chapter 1 going to do?
(a) Murder his children.
(b) Murder his wife.
(c) Commit suicide.
(d) Leave town.

3. What does the sighted leader of blind drunks take from the streets and give to one of the men?
(a) A cat.
(b) A woman.
(c) A dog.
(d) A child.

4. Where does Bill take the young woman?
(a) To a pub.
(b) To his apartment.
(c) To the hospital.
(d) To her car.

5. Why does Josella wear such extravagant clothing the first evening Bill and she are together?
(a) She is trying to entice Bill.
(b) She is saying goodbye to frivolity.
(c) She always dresses in such a manner.
(d) She is trying to reclaim her beauty.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does Bill not help people in the beginning of Chapter Four?

2. What do people learn about triffids that surprises and disgusts them slightly?

3. Why did Josella move home following her success?

4. Where does Josella suggest they go in the morning?

5. Who is the young woman on the committee at the meeting?

Short Essay Questions

1. What clues does the narrator have that there is something wrong when he wakes in the hospital?

2. Explain why Bill decides to go to London at the beginning of Chapter Three?

3. Explain the irony of the blind man Bill finds in Chapter Three, who was blind before the comet.

4. Explain how the seeds of the triffid came to spread across the world, according to the story by Bill of Umberto Palanguez.

5. What is revealed about the new use for sighted children and blind women in Chapter Three?

6. Describe the events of the night of May 7th, in terms of what the narrator notes is said to have occurred, according to history books.

7. Following the witness of a couple committing suicide, Bill admits to himself that he must 'grow a hide'. Explain his meaning.

8. Explain the difference between Josella's view of triffids and Bill's. Why are they do drastically different?

9. Why does Bill not kill the man holding Josella captive?

10. Describe why Bill finds it difficult at first to break the law, even for food.

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