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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. Why does Vorless proclaim the community can support blind women?

2. What is the name of the hospital in which the narrator is residing?

3. What does the narrator note occurred on May 7th?

4. What does Bill point out to Josella after the argument?

5. Where did the main character, William Masen, grow up?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

9. 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?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

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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