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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

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?

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?

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?

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