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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 Walter Lucknor claim the plants are doing when they strike their three sticks against their base?

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

3. Who is Elspeth Cary?

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

5. Why did Josella move home following her success?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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?

5. Describe the circumstances that resulted in Bill's hospitalization.

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

7. What surprises Josella about her actions when she was captive?

8. 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.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Some would argue that the ending of the novel is a message to civilization about the dangers of the future, in that mankind, in the book, is doomed to live on a small island while attempts are made continuously to end the existence of man. On the other hand, some would argue that the ending of the novel is hopeful, in that mankind is left to rebuild itself, possibly in a more coherent and non-violent way. Which opinion do you agree with? Why? What is the overall message of the entire story? Do you think Wyndham's view of his own civilization is positive or negative? Why? Do you think this book was meant as a warning or as a message of hope? Be sure to use examples from the novel to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

In the book, many of the characters appear to come from the upper class, such as Josella, while others, such as Coker, seem to come from a more meager background. How do you think this separation of class affects the different societies that emerge within the novel? Do you think social class has any bearing in this new world? If so, what? If not, what does have bearing? Do the leaders of the communities appear to be of a certain social class? Has the crisis changed the social order and, if so, how? What are the new credentials for success? What were the old credentials? What does this say about our society in comparison to the society within the novel?

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