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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. Who is the young woman on the committee at the meeting?

2. What brings Bill into the alley where he finds a blind man and his captive?

3. Where does the narrator go first when he leaves the hospital?

4. Why do Josella and Bill go to Clerkenwell once they leave Josella's home?

5. What does Bill hear as he eats in the garden?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the young woman comes to Bill in his room in Chapter Eight, and his reaction.

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

3. Describe how Joyce became poisoned and how she was saved.

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

5. 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?

6. Describe Shirning Farm.

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

8. Explain how Susan comes to travel with Bill.

9. Explain why Bill feels a sense of relief at his new situation?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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

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?

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