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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 Bill point out to Josella after the argument?

2. What happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?

3. Who does Bill meet first in Chapter Three?

4. What do people learn about triffids that surprises and disgusts them slightly?

5. What does Josella admit she fears most in being alone?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

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

10. What clues does the narrator have that there is something wrong when he wakes in the hospital?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are many situations in the novel that point out the human need for love and companionship. Bill and Josella become very close in a short time; a young woman offers herself to Bill because she fears he is lonely and thus will leave; Coker joins Bill; and Bill and the others constantly seek a community life. Why do humans in the novel constantly seek others? Do you think humans have an innate need for companionship? Why or why not? How is this shown in the novel? What do you think the author was trying to say about the communities of humans and the need for society and social order? Do you agree or disagree with his thoughts?

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Bill and the others fight to retain their rights to their own lives. Before the crisis, Bill admits he lived for his job. What does Bill feel following the crisis? How does the crisis affect his outlook on life? In what ways is Bill forced to fight for his freedom throughout the novel? How does Josella fight for hers? What forces are trying to take away their freedom? Why? What do those individuals want with Bill and Josella? Is this fair? Why or why not?

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