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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 Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

There are several incidents of suicide in the novel. Choose from one of the following and describe, in detail, the circumstances behind the suicide, and your thoughts on the person's act. Were they smart to end their lives or was the act cowardly? What were their alternatives? What would you have done in their positions?

• The landlord of the tavern in Chapter One.

• The couple in Chapter Five.

• The young woman in Chapter Eight.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the novel, Bill and the others fight to retain their rights to their own lives. Before the crisis, Bill admits he lived for his job. What does Bill feel following the crisis? How does the crisis affect his outlook on life? In what ways is Bill forced to fight for his freedom throughout the novel? How does Josella fight for hers? What forces are trying to take away their freedom? Why? What do those individuals want with Bill and Josella? Is this fair? Why or why not?

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