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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. Why do Josella and Bill go to Clerkenwell once they leave Josella's home?

2. What do some nations eject into space?

3. What does the triffid do at the end of Chapter Four?

4. What does the sighted leader of blind drunks take from the streets and give to one of the men?

5. How does Bill solve the hunger issue to his standards?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe how Bill finds London when he returns over time.

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

3. Explain what Bill believes caused the lights that blinded the world.

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

5. Describe why Bill finds it difficult at first to break the law, even for food.

6. What are the potential uses of satellites, according to Bill?

7. What is happening to society at the beginning of Chapter Four, and why?

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

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

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

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

There are several incidents of suicide in the novel. Choose from one of the following and describe, in detail, the circumstances behind the suicide, and your thoughts on the person's act. Were they smart to end their lives or was the act cowardly? What were their alternatives? What would you have done in their positions?

• The landlord of the tavern in Chapter One.

• The couple in Chapter Five.

• The young woman in Chapter Eight.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter One, Bill is forced to use his sense of hearing as a replacement for his sense of sight. He experiences sounds that lead him to believe something is wrong, both in the hospital and in the world outside his door. Explain how the narrator uses sounds to discern this about his environment. What sounds are concerning to him? Why? What sounds does he listen for that indicate normalcy, and what does he discern when those sounds are not present? Does his emotional state rely on his sense of hearing? Why? What does this say about hearing as a replacement for sight? Why?

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