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. How does Bill try to signal Josella?

2. What happened to Joan and Ted?

3. Why does Bill argue Coker would be better with Beadley group?

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

5. Where does Bill search first for Josella?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain Josella's fears about her wedding.

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

3. Explain how Susan comes to travel with Bill.

4. How does Coker view Miss Durrant, and what does he believe she will do with Tynsham?

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

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

7. Describe what occurs to the young woman at the end of Chapter Eight, and Bill's thoughts of her.

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

9. Describe Shirning Farm.

10. Describe the scene with the man in the inn at Steeple Honey.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Bill's belief about the end of civilization, based on his previous comments in the novel about the dangers of satellites and the hostility of the world, as well as his comments in Chapter Fifteen about the walking of the world on a tightrope. What do you think Bill means by this? What do you think he believes caused the end of civilization? What does he say he thinks caused the comet? What is Josella's response to his belief? Do you agree with his thoughts? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Some would argue that the ending of the novel is a message to civilization about the dangers of the future, in that mankind, in the book, is doomed to live on a small island while attempts are made continuously to end the existence of man. On the other hand, some would argue that the ending of the novel is hopeful, in that mankind is left to rebuild itself, possibly in a more coherent and non-violent way. Which opinion do you agree with? Why? What is the overall message of the entire story? Do you think Wyndham's view of his own civilization is positive or negative? Why? Do you think this book was meant as a warning or as a message of hope? Be sure to use examples from the novel to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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