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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. Why does Vorless proclaim the community can support blind women?

2. What has Bill decided by the end of Chapter Two?

3. What does the man in Chapter Three steal for the young mother and her child?

4. What falls from Umberto's plane?

5. What do some nations eject into space?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe why Bill finds it difficult at first to break the law, even for food.

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

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

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

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

6. 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.

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

8. 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?

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

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

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 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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