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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 time does the clock chime, which indicates a problem to the narrator?

2. What does Walter Lucknor claim the plants are doing when they strike their three sticks against their base?

3. What example does Vorless use to show his point about belief?

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

5. Where does the narrator go first when he leaves the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Explain why Bill feels a sense of relief at his new situation?

6. 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?

7. What is revealed about the new use for sighted children and blind women in Chapter Three?

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. Describe the events of the night of May 7th, in terms of what the narrator notes is said to have occurred, according to history books.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Throughout the novel, only one child, Susan, is really examined in depth. Her reactions to the horrors that surround her seem muted in that she seems to be curious, but not afraid. Do you think this is representative of a child after a crisis? Why or why not? Do you think her curiosity outweighs her fear? Why is this true for children more than adults? What do you think the result would have been had Bill not located Susan? What do you think Susan's reactions say about the resiliency of children?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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