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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 happened in Indo-China that related the strangeness of the triffid?

2. How does Bill believe the triffids came to be?

3. Why do Josella and Bill go to Clerkenwell once they leave Josella's home?

4. Where do Josella and Bill stay on the first evening?

5. What does Beadley encourage the group they can do?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Following the witness of a couple committing suicide, Bill admits to himself that he must 'grow a hide'. Explain his meaning.

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

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

5. 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?

6. Describe the circumstances that resulted in Bill's hospitalization.

7. What are the potential uses of satellites, according to Bill?

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

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

10. Explain what the landlord at the end of chapter 1 plans on doing, and how.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout the novel, there is a consistent struggle between doing what is morally right and doing what is necessary for survival. Choose one representation of this struggle from the following list and explain it in detail. What is the conflict? Why is there a conflict? How is one path more morally right than the other? Can the moral path not lead to survival in some way and the survival path not be made moralistically right? Why or why not? Be sure to be specific in relating the struggle back to the novel.

• Married men at University Tower being forced to mate and care for two blind women, as well.

• The forced care of ten blind persons by one sighted person as dictated by the Emergency Council.

• The choice of saving the blind at Tynsham even at the expense of the sighted.

Essay Topic 2

There is a constant theme in the novel that even the best intentions can result in horrific results. Choose one example of this from the following list. Explain what happened in the situation, what the original intention was, why the result occurred, what could have been done to avoid the result, and whether or not the original intention was good, despite the results.

• Coker's kidnapping of sighted individuals to care for the blind.

• Miss Durrant's solid Christian foundation for her community.

• The University Tower's choice to turn away Coker and his followers.

• The Emergency Council's forced communities.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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