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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 sighted leader of blind drunks take from the streets and give to one of the men?

2. What do Bill and Josella see at the gates of the University Tower?

3. Where does Bill go at the end of Chapter Three?

4. What does Bill try to do to the sighted leader of the drunks?

5. What does the narrator note occurred on May 7th?

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

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

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

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

6. What surprises Josella about her actions when she was captive?

7. Why does Bill not kill the man holding Josella captive?

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

9. 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.

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

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

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?

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