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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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The Day of The Triffids was written in 1951, after WWII. Do you think WWII had an influence on the themes in the novel? Why or why not? If so, what themes are present in the novel that lead you to believe so? If not, why do you think, then, that Wyndham references America as a saving country and the date the bomb dropped on Hiroshima (pg. 95)? Do you think there are threads of communism, socialism, the Cold War, and other WWII themes in the novel? How are those themes represented in the novel?

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