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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Bill reveal about radio broadcasts?



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



3. What did Bill's father want him to do for a living?



4. Where do Bill and Josella go at the end of Chapter Four?



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



Short Essay Questions

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



2. 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?



3. What is Josella's argument in terms of leaving Shirning and returning one day?



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



5. Explain how Coker meets with Bill again.



6. Explain how Susan comes to travel with Bill.



7. Explain the mutual approval system of the Isle of Wright and Channel Isles.



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



9. Explain what Bill finds at Tynsham.



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



Essay Topics

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.

Loneliness is a constant theme in the novel, and in several cases, is the cause for severe depression or drastic decisions. Choose a part of the story where loneliness plays an important part (such as in the beginning of Chapter Thirteen, where Bill is searching for Josella). What causes the character's loneliness? What are the effects of the emotion? Could the person have solved the issue? What does this say about the effect of loneliness on humans? Why is this effect so profound?

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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