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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. Where did the main character, William Masen, grow up?
(a) A northern suburb of Chicago.
(b) A northern suburb of Venice.
(c) A southern suburb of London.
(d) A southern suburb of Dublin.

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

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

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

5. How does Bill believe the triffids came to be?
(a) He thinks they were a freak of nature.
(b) He thinks they spontaneously generated.
(c) He thinks they were biologically developed.
(d) He thinks they are aliens.

Short Answer Questions

1. What falls from Umberto's plane?

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

3. How does Bill solve the hunger issue to his standards?

4. Why is the narrator particularly anxious on the first day of the novel?

5. What was considered the main problem in the world prior to the triffids?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

4. What is happening to society at the beginning of Chapter Four, and why?

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

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

7. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

8. Explain why Bill feels a sense of relief at his new situation?

9. Explain Vorless' opinion on the new role of men and women in society.

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

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