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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 claim is the reason there were few wars in the time immediately prior to the triffids?

2. What happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?

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

4. How does Bill know so much of the triffids?

5. What is one theory of how the triffids appeared?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why Bill decides to go to London at the beginning of Chapter Three?

2. 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?

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

4. Explain the difference between Josella's view of triffids and Bill's. Why are they do drastically different?

5. 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.

6. 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?

7. Describe the events of the night of May 7th, in terms of what the narrator notes is said to have occurred, according to history books.

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

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

10. Explain what the landlord at the end of chapter 1 plans on doing, and how.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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