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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 Josella agree to the taking on of blind women for such a purpose?
(a) She can justify it because the choice gives them babies.
(b) She can justify it because the choice gives them survival.
(c) She can justify it because the choice gives them purpose.
(d) She can justify it because the choice gives them money.

2. What does Bill hear as he eats in the garden?
(a) The sounds of children playing.
(b) A man playing piano and singing.
(c) The sounds of traffic.
(d) A woman playing piano and singing.

3. What is the name of the hospital in which the narrator is residing?
(a) St. Louis.
(b) St. Mary's.
(c) St. Julian's.
(d) St. Merryn's.

4. Where do Bill and Josella agree the light in the night came from?
(a) A university tower.
(b) A forest.
(c) A farmhouse.
(d) A plane.

5. Where does Josella suggest they go in the morning?
(a) Lake District.
(b) Dartmoor.
(c) Sussex Downs.
(d) Exmoor.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Bill's father want him to do for a living?

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

3. What does Umberto Christofoto Palanguez bring to the Arctic & European Fish Oil Company?

4. Where does Bill go in the beginning of Chapter Three?

5. What happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe how Bill first discovers the plague, its symptoms, and its result.

4. 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.

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

6. What is Bill's final hope for the future?

7. Explain Coker's argument about why the young woman at Tynsham is at fault for not getting the lights back on.

8. Explain how Coker describes himself, and his abilities.

9. Explain Bill's argument that an immediate need for harvest is not necessary.

10. Describe the scene with the man in the inn at Steeple Honey.

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