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.
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 book, many of the characters appear to come from the upper class, such as Josella, while others, such as Coker, seem to come from a more meager background. How do you think this separation of class affects the different societies that emerge within the novel? Do you think social class has any bearing in this new world? If so, what? If not, what does have bearing? Do the leaders of the communities appear to be of a certain social class? Has the crisis changed the social order and, if so, how? What are the new credentials for success? What were the old credentials? What does this say about our society in comparison to the society within the novel?
Loneliness is a constant theme in the novel, and in several cases, is the cause for severe depression or drastic decisions. Choose a part of the story where loneliness plays an important part (such as in the beginning of Chapter Thirteen, where Bill is searching for Josella). What causes the character's loneliness? What are the effects of the emotion? Could the person have solved the issue? What does this say about the effect of loneliness on humans? Why is this effect so profound?
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