The Day of the Triffids Test | Final 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 saved Joyce's life?

2. What does Coker believe Miss Durrant wants?

3. At University Tower, where does the writing say the community has gone?

4. What surprises Bill when he hears Coker quote poetry?

5. Where do Coker and Bill go at the end of Chapter Nine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do you think the small groups located by helicopter in Chapter Twelve choose not to join other groups?

2. Explain why the young woman comes to Bill in his room in Chapter Eight, and his reaction.

3. Explain some of the mishaps that befall Bill as he journey's to find Josella.

4. Describe how Joyce became poisoned and how she was saved.

5. Describe how Coker came to remain sighted.

6. Explain Coker's argument about why the young woman at Tynsham is at fault for not getting the lights back on.

7. Explain how Coker describes himself, and his abilities.

8. Describe the three people Bill and Coker meet in Beaminster.

9. Explain Josella's fears about her wedding.

10. Describe Miss Durrant's views, and her Tynsham community.

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

It has been argued by some that there is a constant theme of social togetherness throughout the novel, in that all people seem to want to band together into small communities and join one another for companionship and friendship. However, in many cases, these same individuals, once they reach a certain number of people, want nothing to do with other colonies or tribes of survivors. Why do you think this is? If humans are social, why do they, in the book, limit their societies to small numbers of individuals? What does this say about humanity, in terms of their willingness to accept different ideas? Do you think this represents reality? Why or why not?

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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