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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. How did Josella avoid being blinded?

2. What is the young woman's name?

3. What does the elderly man Bill sees in the beginning of Chapter Four carry?

4. What does Umberto Christofoto Palanguez bring to the Arctic & European Fish Oil Company?

5. What does the triffid do at the end of Chapter Four?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. 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?

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

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

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

7. Describe the different aspects of society Bill and Josella say goodbye to in Chapter Five.

8. Describe the walking style of a triffid.

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

10. Explain the irony of the blind man Bill finds in Chapter Three, who was blind before the comet.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

It has been argued by some that there is a constant theme of social togetherness throughout the novel, in that all people seem to want to band together into small communities and join one another for companionship and friendship. However, in many cases, these same individuals, once they reach a certain number of people, want nothing to do with other colonies or tribes of survivors. Why do you think this is? If humans are social, why do they, in the book, limit their societies to small numbers of individuals? What does this say about humanity, in terms of their willingness to accept different ideas? Do you think this represents reality? Why or why not?

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