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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 day does the narrator compare Wednesday to, based on sound?

2. What does Bill claim is the reason there were few wars in the time immediately prior to the triffids?

3. How does the narrator learn that blindness has afflicted people?

4. Why does Josella agree to the taking on of blind women for such a purpose?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe why Bill finds it difficult at first to break the law, even for food.

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

3. Following the witness of a couple committing suicide, Bill admits to himself that he must 'grow a hide'. Explain his meaning.

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. What is happening to society at the beginning of Chapter Four, and why?

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 are several incidents of suicide in the novel. Choose from one of the following and describe, in detail, the circumstances behind the suicide, and your thoughts on the person's act. Were they smart to end their lives or was the act cowardly? What were their alternatives? What would you have done in their positions?

• The landlord of the tavern in Chapter One.

• The couple in Chapter Five.

• The young woman in Chapter Eight.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

The Day of The Triffids was written in 1951, after WWII. Do you think WWII had an influence on the themes in the novel? Why or why not? If so, what themes are present in the novel that lead you to believe so? If not, why do you think, then, that Wyndham references America as a saving country and the date the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (pg. 95)? Do you think there are threads of communism, socialism, the Cold War, and other WWII themes in the novel? How are those themes represented in the novel?

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