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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. Why does Walter believe triffids strike the head?
(a) They are trying to blind people.
(b) They are trying to crack the skull.
(c) They are trying to knock people unconscious.
(d) They are trying to deafen people.

2. 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.

3. What happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?
(a) The plant walked.
(b) The plant talked.
(c) The plant grew to 18 feet.
(d) The plant died.

4. Where does Bill go in the beginning of Chapter Three?
(a) He goes to London.
(b) He goes to the United States.
(c) He goes to the country.
(d) He goes to Ireland.

5. Why does Bill seem to be looking forward to the future?
(a) He can find a new profession.
(b) He is no longer a cog, but his own master.
(c) He is no longer employed.
(d) He can find a new wife.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where do Bill and Josella agree the light in the night came from?

2. What do Bill and Josella see at the gates of the University Tower?

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

4. Why does Josella agree to the taking on of blind women for such a purpose?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the triffids in Chapter Four, and how is this revealed in the book?

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

7. 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.

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

9. Give a brief explanation of the various speculations pertaining to the coming of the triffids.

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

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