The Day of the Triffids Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 does the elderly man Bill sees in the beginning of Chapter Four carry?

2. What happens to Bill as he tries to help Pearson?

3. What example does Vorless use to show his point about belief?

4. What do some nations eject into space?

5. What falls from Umberto's plane?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. Explain what the landlord at the end of chapter 1 plans on doing, and how.

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

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

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

7. What is happening to society at the beginning of Chapter Four, and why?

8. What are the potential uses of satellites, according to Bill?

9. Describe why Bill finds it difficult at first to break the law, even for food.

10. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, the narrator is forced to deal with figures in authority and to choose whether to believe what they say or not. Authority figures in the novel range from radio announcers to people in authoritative positions, such as the Colonel and Coker, and those who wish power over anything else, such as the Commander. Choose one situation in which Bill is forced to choose between following authority and ignoring authority. Explain the situation. What does this say about Bill's willingness to think for himself? About his willingness to blindly follow authority figures? Why is this important? In terms of authority in the novel, what is the author suggesting about military authority? How are these suggestions brought forth (i.e., which characters represent military authority). What does this say about Wyndham's own view of military authority?

Essay Topic 2

There is a constant theme in the novel that even the best intentions can result in horrific results. Choose one example of this from the following list. Explain what happened in the situation, what the original intention was, why the result occurred, what could have been done to avoid the result, and whether or not the original intention was good, despite the results.

• Coker's kidnapping of sighted individuals to care for the blind.

• Miss Durrant's solid Christian foundation for her community.

• The University Tower's choice to turn away Coker and his followers.

• The Emergency Council's forced communities.

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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