The Day of the Triffids Test | 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 happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?

2. Where did Bill first see a triffid?

3. What brings Bill into the alley where he finds a blind man and his captive?

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

5. How does the blind man have the woman held captive?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain how the seeds of the triffid came to spread across the world, according to the story by Bill of Umberto Palanguez.

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

3. Why does Bill not kill the man holding Josella captive?

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

5. Do you agree with Bill's statement at the end of Chapter Six that man is lost without his ability to see? Why or why not?

6. Explain why Bill feels a sense of relief at his new situation?

7. Explain Vorless' opinion on the new role of men and women in society.

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

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

10. Describe the different aspects of society Bill and Josella say goodbye to in Chapter Five.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, there is a consistent struggle between doing what is morally right and doing what is necessary for survival. Choose one representation of this struggle from the following list and explain it in detail. What is the conflict? Why is there a conflict? How is one path more morally right than the other? Can the moral path not lead to survival in some way and the survival path not be made moralistically right? Why or why not? Be sure to be specific in relating the struggle back to the novel.

• Married men at University Tower being forced to mate and care for two blind women, as well.

• The forced care of ten blind persons by one sighted person as dictated by the Emergency Council.

• The choice of saving the blind at Tynsham even at the expense of the sighted.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the function of the triffid in the novel? How does the author seem to imply the triffid was created? What does this symbolize in terms of the culture of Wyndham's time? What was he trying to say about biological tampering and the creation of government-born viruses and mutations? Why was this a point at the time the novel was written? Be sure to include details from the book to explain your answers and to justify your arguments.

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