The Day of the Triffids Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 Josella admit she fears most in being alone?

2. Who is Elspeth Cary?

3. What does Bill recall Walter saying about the triffids and blind men?

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

5. What falls from Umberto's plane?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe how Coker came to remain sighted.

3. What is revealed about the triffids in Chapter Four, and how is this revealed in the book?

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

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

6. Describe the ways in which Bill and his family attempt to kill the triffids.

7. Explain what Bill finds at Tynsham.

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

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

10. Explain what Coker wants of the new sighted captives.

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

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

What is the function of the triffid in the novel? How does the author seem to imply the triffid was created? What does this symbolize in terms of the culture of Wyndham's time? What was he trying to say about biological tampering and the creation of government-born viruses and mutations? Why was this a point at the time the novel was written? Be sure to include details from the book to explain your answers and to justify your arguments.

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