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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 did Bill's father do for a living?

2. What does Bill reveal about radio broadcasts?

3. Why does Josella wear such extravagant clothing the first evening Bill and she are together?

4. What alerted Josella to the crisis?

5. What has Bill decided by the end of Chapter Two?

Short Essay Questions

1. Following the witness of a couple committing suicide, Bill admits to himself that he must 'grow a hide'. Explain his meaning.

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

3. Explain the difference between Josella's view of triffids and Bill's. Why are they do drastically different?

4. Explain why the Colonel and the others want to leave London?

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

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

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

8. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

The Emergency Council of Britain proposes to establish military rule over the colonies of England and to force them into servitude for the masses. In short, the able are tasked to care for the disabled, even at the risk of their own health and welfare. Such a concept is somewhat socialistic in nature. Do you think such a plan is feasible or fair? Why or why not? Do you think Bill's farm could support so many individuals? Why or why not? Do you think the Emergency Council's concept that they need to be ready for other nations to attempt to over run England is realistic? Why? Why does Wyndham include such ideas at the end of the novel? What does the Emergency Council likely represent?

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