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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. How often does the narrator say new cylinders are falling just before he meets the curate?
(a) Every other day.
(b) Every hour.
(c) Every week.
(d) Every day.

2. How long has it been since the soldier has eaten when he first teams up with the narrator?
(a) One week.
(b) Ten hours.
(c) One day.
(d) Two days.

3. Why is the narrator eager to get back to Woking after taking his wife to the inn?
(a) He wants to try to signal the Martians.
(b) He wants to see the Martians die.
(c) He wants to gather his possessions.
(d) He is afraid something will happen to his house.

4. How much light does Mars receive from the Sun, compared to the light Earth receives?
(a) About twice as much.
(b) About one-quarter.
(c) About half.
(d) About three-quarters.

5. What is the curate doing when the narrator first meets him?
(a) Panicking.
(b) Making a fire.
(c) Trying to find food.
(d) Looking for money in the narrator's pockets.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the narrator hear after the shopman goes into the pit?

2. What does the Deputation use as a signal to the Martians?

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

4. Who owns the property on which the first cylinder crashes?

5. What are the little boys doing to the cylinder the morning after it crashes?

Short Essay Questions

1. As the curate and narrator fight for position at the opening in the ruined house, what do they see, and how does the narrator react?

2. What is the narrator's theory about why the Martians come to Earth?

3. Why do scientists think that Mars cannot support life?

4. What does the narrator say is the lesson of his story in the Epilogue?

5. Why does the newspaper editor in London refuse to print a story about the Martians?

6. What does Ogilvy observe about the object when he first sees it?

7. What happens to one of the Martian tripods at the Thames River? What is the significance of this event?

8. What does Ogilvy think is twisting off the top of the cylinder?

9. When the narrator returns to the common on the second day, who is in the pit? What are they doing and why?

10. Describe the object that the narrator refers to as "The Thing."

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