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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. How does the narrator follow the event?

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

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

4. What is the man at the end of Chapter 1 going to do?

5. What jobs are given to Bill and Josella by Michael Beadley?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

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 events of the night of May 7th, in terms of what the narrator notes is said to have occurred, according to history books.

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Bill's belief about the end of civilization, based on his previous comments in the novel about the dangers of satellites and the hostility of the world, as well as his comments in Chapter Fifteen about the walking of the world on a tightrope. What do you think Bill means by this? What do you think he believes caused the end of civilization? What does he say he thinks caused the comet? What is Josella's response to his belief? Do you agree with his thoughts? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

It has been argued by some that there is a constant theme of social togetherness throughout the novel, in that all people seem to want to band together into small communities and join one another for companionship and friendship. However, in many cases, these same individuals, once they reach a certain number of people, want nothing to do with other colonies or tribes of survivors. Why do you think this is? If humans are social, why do they, in the book, limit their societies to small numbers of individuals? What does this say about humanity, in terms of their willingness to accept different ideas? Do you think this represents reality? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Light is used as a metaphor for hope, freedom, and security throughout the novel. In what ways does the author use this metaphor? How does he show what this symbol stands for? Choose one instance of the use of light as a symbol. Explain the situation. What are the characters doing? How is the symbol used? What is light symbolizing? Why did the author choose light as this symbol?

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