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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bill reveal about radio broadcasts?

2. What does Walter Lucknor claim the plants are doing when they strike their three sticks against their base?

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

4. Where do Bill and Josella go at the end of Chapter Four?

5. Where does the narrator go first when he leaves the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think the narrator is right to leave the blind group in the lobby of the hospital, knowing they cannot see to get out?

3. What is Josella's argument in terms of leaving Shirning and returning one day?

4. Explain why the young woman comes to Bill in his room in Chapter Eight, and his reaction.

5. Explain how Coker meets with Bill again.

6. Explain how Susan comes to travel with Bill.

7. Explain the mutual approval system of the Isle of Wright and Channel Isles.

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

9. Explain what Bill finds at Tynsham.

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, only one child, Susan, is really examined in depth. Her reactions to the horrors that surround her seem muted in that she seems to be curious, but not afraid. Do you think this is representative of a child after a crisis? Why or why not? Do you think her curiosity outweighs her fear? Why is this true for children more than adults? What do you think the result would have been had Bill not located Susan? What do you think Susan's reactions say about the resiliency of children?

Essay Topic 2

In the book, many of the characters appear to come from the upper class, such as Josella, while others, such as Coker, seem to come from a more meager background. How do you think this separation of class affects the different societies that emerge within the novel? Do you think social class has any bearing in this new world? If so, what? If not, what does have bearing? Do the leaders of the communities appear to be of a certain social class? Has the crisis changed the social order and, if so, how? What are the new credentials for success? What were the old credentials? What does this say about our society in comparison to the society within the novel?

Essay Topic 3

There are many situations in the novel that point out the human need for love and companionship. Bill and Josella become very close in a short time; a young woman offers herself to Bill because she fears he is lonely and thus will leave; Coker joins Bill; and Bill and the others constantly seek a community life. Why do humans in the novel constantly seek others? Do you think humans have an innate need for companionship? Why or why not? How is this shown in the novel? What do you think the author was trying to say about the communities of humans and the need for society and social order? Do you agree or disagree with his thoughts?

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