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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 caused Josella to have to leave her vehicle as she went to find the doctor?

2. What book does Josella admit she wrote?

3. How does Bill make the solution to his hunger even more acceptable?

4. What does Beadley think of Bill in relation to triffids?

5. What does Beadley note could have happened to the world?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Do you think the narrator is right to leave the blind group in the lobby of the hospital, knowing they cannot see to get out?

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

4. 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?

5. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

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

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

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

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

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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