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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 caused Josella to have to leave her vehicle as she went to find the doctor?

2. What is Josella's opinion of the future?

3. What feeling does Bill have at the end of Chapter Three?

4. Where does Bill take the young woman?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is revealed about the triffids in Chapter Four, and how is this revealed in the book?

4. Explain the irony of the blind man Bill finds in Chapter Three, who was blind before the comet.

5. Explain the argument of Beadley that the world is better off after the comet than it was before.

6. 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?

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

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

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

10. Explain Bill's response to the argument at the gate between the sighted and the blind.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

There is a constant theme in the novel that even the best intentions can result in horrific results. Choose one example of this from the following list. Explain what happened in the situation, what the original intention was, why the result occurred, what could have been done to avoid the result, and whether or not the original intention was good, despite the results.

• Coker's kidnapping of sighted individuals to care for the blind.

• Miss Durrant's solid Christian foundation for her community.

• The University Tower's choice to turn away Coker and his followers.

• The Emergency Council's forced communities.

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

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.

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