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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 happened to Bill as a child that caused curiosity about triffids?
(a) He was stung by one.
(b) He grew one for a science project.
(c) He ate one accidentally.
(d) He killed one.

2. What does the man in Chapter Three steal for the young mother and her child?
(a) Oranges.
(b) Cheese.
(c) Grapes.
(d) Meat.

3. What does Bill point out to Josella after the argument?
(a) That the sighted are wrong to ignore the blind.
(b) That they cannot hope to save the blind.
(c) That they must choose between saving the sighted, and saving the blind.
(d) That they cannot hope to save the sighted.

4. Where do Bill and Josella go at the end of Chapter Four?
(a) Back to London.
(b) To China.
(c) To Ireland.
(d) To the United States.

5. What do Bill and Josella see at the gates of the University Tower?
(a) An argument between two blind men.
(b) An argument between the sighted and the blind.
(c) An argument between a sighted man and a woman.
(d) An argument between two women.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Bill try to do to the sighted leader of the drunks?

3. Why does Bill have trouble solving his hunger problem at first?

4. Why does Walter believe triffids strike the head?

5. Who does the narrator meet at the end of Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the argument between the sighted leader of the blind at the gates of University Tower and the sighted leaders of the sighted colony at the university.

2. Explain why the Colonel and the others want to leave London?

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

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

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

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

7. Explain Bill's response to the argument at the gate between the sighted and the blind.

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

9. Describe the different aspects of society Bill and Josella say goodbye to in Chapter Five.

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

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