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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 does Bill try to do to the sighted leader of the drunks?
(a) Kill him.
(b) Report him.
(c) Hit him.
(d) Join him.

2. Why is the narrator particularly anxious on the first day of the novel?
(a) Doctors will remove bandages from his eyes.
(b) Doctors will remove bandages from his knee.
(c) Doctors will remove stitches from his face.
(d) Doctors will remove staples from his legs.

3. Why does Vorless proclaim the community can support blind women?
(a) Because they can be used as work slaves.
(b) Because they can be used as sex slaves.
(c) Because they still work for the community.
(d) Because they can be impregnated to bear sighted children.

4. What does Beadley note could have happened to the world?
(a) It could have been destroyed.
(b) It could have exploded.
(c) It could have been expanded.
(d) It could have been saved.

5. What does Bill claim is the reason there were few wars in the time immediately prior to the triffids?
(a) No one had contact with one another.
(b) No one believed their chances of winning were good.
(c) Everyone believed the same things, politically.
(d) Everyone lived happily together.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bill recall Walter saying about the triffids and blind men?

2. How did Josella avoid being blinded?

3. What does the main character admit the triffids did for him?

4. What do some nations eject into space?

5. How does Bill make the solution to his hunger even more acceptable?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the circumstances that resulted in Bill's hospitalization.

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

3. Explain the argument of Beadley that the world is better off after the comet than it was before.

4. Describe the scene where the narrator first learns of the blindness that plagues mankind.

5. Describe how Bill finds London when he returns over time.

6. Explain some of the mishaps that befall Bill as he journey's to find Josella.

7. Describe what happens to Bill at the beginning of Chapter Eight, in terms of how he is kidnapped.

8. Describe how Coker came to remain sighted.

9. Explain what the landlord at the end of chapter 1 plans on doing, and how.

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

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