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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 is the young woman's name?

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

3. How does the narrator follow the event?

4. What does Vorless, the sociologist, say about belief?

5. Why do Josella and Bill go to Clerkenwell once they leave Josella's home?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the argument between the sighted leader of the blind at the gates of University Tower and the sighted leaders of the sighted colony at the university.

4. Explain Bill's response to the argument at the gate between the sighted and the blind.

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

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

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

8. What is revealed about the triffids in Chapter Four, and how is this revealed in the book?

9. 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?

10. Describe the circumstances that resulted in Bill's hospitalization.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In Chapter One, Bill is forced to use his sense of hearing as a replacement for his sense of sight. He experiences sounds that lead him to believe something is wrong, both in the hospital and in the world outside his door. Explain how the narrator uses sounds to discern this about his environment. What sounds are concerning to him? Why? What sounds does he listen for that indicate normalcy, and what does he discern when those sounds are not present? Does his emotional state rely on his sense of hearing? Why? What does this say about hearing as a replacement for sight? Why?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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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