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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. How does Bill know so much of the triffids?

2. Where do Bill and Josella agree the light in the night came from?

3. What does Bill reveal about radio broadcasts?

4. Where does Bill go at the end of Chapter Three?

5. What has Bill decided by the end of Chapter Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is revealed about the new use for sighted children and blind women in Chapter Three?

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

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

4. Following the witness of a couple committing suicide, Bill admits to himself that he must 'grow a hide'. Explain his meaning.

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

6. Describe the argument between the sighted leader of the blind at the gates of University Tower and the sighted leaders of the sighted colony at the university.

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

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

9. Explain why the Colonel and the others want to leave London?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, Bill blames satellites for the end of society. He suggests that the satellites were weapons and that one held radiation that would burn out the eye. Examine this concept from the standpoint of the book's writing. What was the atmosphere, as explained by Bill in the novel, like at the time? What was happening in the world? What was the Cold War? Why were people so afraid of satellites? Why would Bill blame them for the end of the civilized world? Do you think such a concept makes sense? Why or why not? What does this say about the technological advancements at the time?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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