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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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

The role of women drastically changes in the novel from pre-crisis to immediately following the crisis to long term. Explain this shift in roles. What were women prior to the event? How did that role change immediately following the comet? How did this again change when viewing long term goals of society? What is the new primary function of women in the new society? Does this differ greatly from the view of women prior to the catastrophe? In what way? Do you believe women could easily shift roles this way in reality? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

It has been argued by some that there is a constant theme of social togetherness throughout the novel, in that all people seem to want to band together into small communities and join one another for companionship and friendship. However, in many cases, these same individuals, once they reach a certain number of people, want nothing to do with other colonies or tribes of survivors. Why do you think this is? If humans are social, why do they, in the book, limit their societies to small numbers of individuals? What does this say about humanity, in terms of their willingness to accept different ideas? Do you think this represents reality? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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