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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 happened to Bill as a child that caused curiosity about triffids?

2. Where did the main character, William Masen, grow up?

3. How does the blind man have the woman held captive?

4. Who is Elspeth Cary?

5. What does Walter Lucknor claim the plants are doing when they strike their three sticks against their base?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the young woman comes to Bill in his room in Chapter Eight, and his reaction.

2. Describe the three people Bill and Coker meet in Beaminster.

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

4. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

5. Explain why the Colonel and the others want to leave London?

6. Explain how Coker describes himself, and his abilities.

7. Describe how Joyce became poisoned and how she was saved.

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

9. Describe the scene with the man in the inn at Steeple Honey.

10. 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?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The Emergency Council of Britain proposes to establish military rule over the colonies of England and to force them into servitude for the masses. In short, the able are tasked to care for the disabled, even at the risk of their own health and welfare. Such a concept is somewhat socialistic in nature. Do you think such a plan is feasible or fair? Why or why not? Do you think Bill's farm could support so many individuals? Why or why not? Do you think the Emergency Council's concept that they need to be ready for other nations to attempt to over run England is realistic? Why? Why does Wyndham include such ideas at the end of the novel? What does the Emergency Council likely represent?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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