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 Bill reveal about radio broadcasts?
2. What does Walter Lucknor claim the plants are doing when they strike their three sticks against their base?
3. What did Bill's father want him to do for a living?
4. Where do Bill and Josella go at the end of Chapter Four?
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. 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. What is Josella's argument in terms of leaving Shirning and returning one day?
4. Explain why the young woman comes to Bill in his room in Chapter Eight, and his reaction.
5. Explain how Coker meets with Bill again.
6. Explain how Susan comes to travel with Bill.
7. Explain the mutual approval system of the Isle of Wright and Channel Isles.
8. Describe the circumstances that resulted in Bill's hospitalization.
9. Explain what Bill finds at Tynsham.
10. Explain Bill's response to the argument at the gate between the sighted and the blind.
Essay Topic 1
In the novel, there are several small communities that are introduced, including those of University Tower, Tynsham, Shirning, the Isle of Wright, and others. Describe at least two of these communities in detail. What are their beliefs about the role of women? About freedom? About morality? What are some of the social ideas presented within these communities? Which succeed, which fail, and why? Which society would you join? Why?
Essay Topic 2
The Emergency Council of Britain proposes to establish military rule over the colonies of England and to force them into servitude for the masses. In short, the able are tasked to care for the disabled, even at the risk of their own health and welfare. Such a concept is somewhat socialistic in nature. Do you think such a plan is feasible or fair? Why or why not? Do you think Bill's farm could support so many individuals? Why or why not? Do you think the Emergency Council's concept that they need to be ready for other nations to attempt to over run England is realistic? Why? Why does Wyndham include such ideas at the end of the novel? What does the Emergency Council likely represent?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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