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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who does not die in the heat ray?
(a) A Martian.
(b) Ogilvy.
(c) Henderson.
(d) Stent.

2. Why do the narrator and the curate decide to leave the riverbank?
(a) Soldiers tell them to leave.
(b) The Martians are getting closer.
(c) They want to find other people.
(d) They hear gunfire.

3. Why is the young boy yelling in the middle of town on the Friday evening after the cylinder crashes?
(a) He is trying to cause trouble.
(b) He is selling newspapers.
(c) He is alarmed about the Martians.
(d) He is just trying to get attention.

4. How large in diameter is the first cylinder?
(a) Twenty yards.
(b) Thirty yards.
(c) Five yards.
(d) Ten yards.

5. What does the narrator tell his wife about the Martians in order to reassure her?
(a) The Martians are very weak.
(b) The Martians are very small.
(c) The Martians do not seem very dangerous.
(d) The Martians move very slowly.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who asks the narrator to go to the landowner's estate with him?

2. Why is the narrator eager to get back to Woking after taking his wife to the inn?

3. How does the narrator react when he reads an article about the cylinder at the end of Chapter 2?

4. Who is the first person to see the cylinder when it crashes?

5. What is the name of the Astronomer Royal?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does a group of people attempt to do just before the Heat-Ray? Why doesn't this work?

2. What are the citizens of Weybridge doing when the narrator and artilleryman arrive?

3. What does the black tube weapon reveal about the Martian's intentions?

4. What does the Thunder Child do to the Martian tripods? How does this change the story?

5. How far does news of the heat-ray spread after the first attack? What does this indicate?

6. What is the state of the narrator's relationship with the curate when they stay in Halliford, and why?

7. How do those who first see the cylinder feel about it in general, and why do they feel this way?

8. When the narrator first meets the artilleryman, what does the soldier say happened to his unit?

9. How does the narrator get across the Thames? What does this show about his character?

10. What does the "Committee of Public Safety" do to the narrator's brother, and what does this reveal about human nature?

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