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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 was the result of this event?

2. What is Josella's opinion of the future?

3. How did Josella avoid being blinded?

4. How does Bill solve the hunger issue to his standards?

5. Why does Bill seem to be looking forward to the future?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Explain how the seeds of the triffid came to spread across the world, according to the story by Bill of Umberto Palanguez.

3. Do you agree with Bill's statement at the end of Chapter Six that man is lost without his ability to see? Why or why not?

4. Describe the different aspects of society Bill and Josella say goodbye to in Chapter Five.

5. 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.

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

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

8. Describe the scene where the narrator first learns of the blindness that plagues mankind.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Some would argue that the ending of the novel is a message to civilization about the dangers of the future, in that mankind, in the book, is doomed to live on a small island while attempts are made continuously to end the existence of man. On the other hand, some would argue that the ending of the novel is hopeful, in that mankind is left to rebuild itself, possibly in a more coherent and non-violent way. Which opinion do you agree with? Why? What is the overall message of the entire story? Do you think Wyndham's view of his own civilization is positive or negative? Why? Do you think this book was meant as a warning or as a message of hope? Be sure to use examples from the novel to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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