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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

Explain Bill's belief about the end of civilization, based on his previous comments in the novel about the dangers of satellites and the hostility of the world, as well as his comments in Chapter Fifteen about the walking of the world on a tightrope. What do you think Bill means by this? What do you think he believes caused the end of civilization? What does he say he thinks caused the comet? What is Josella's response to his belief? Do you agree with his thoughts? 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

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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