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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. What does the narrator say could kill all of the Martians, as he tries to reassure his wife?
(a) A firing squad.
(b) A bomb.
(c) A tank.
(d) A shell.

2. What does the narrator hear after the shopman goes into the pit?
(a) A scream.
(b) A cry for help.
(c) Laughter.
(d) A confused noise.

3. How far does the narrator have to drive his wife in the cart?
(a) Seven miles.
(b) Twelve miles.
(c) Twelve blocks.
(d) Ten miles.

4. What are the gas jets in the sky originally assumed to be?
(a) Meteorites.
(b) Rockets.
(c) People.
(d) Missiles.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the people gathering around the cylinder initially react to it?

2. What is Mars the god of in Roman mythology?

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

4. Why does Ogilvy think it is impossible for the Martians to become established on Earth?

5. What do people hear coming from the pit a few nights after the cylinder crashes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the author take his wife to his cousin's house? What is the state of the town at that point?

2. After the narrator walks toward the dead Martian, what does he see, and why is this important?

3. How does the narrator's brother initially feel about the narrator's safety, and why?

4. How does the narrator describe the Martian's internal anatomy?

5. Right after the Martians first use the heat-ray, what do people know about how the weapon works?

6. How do people in Woking initially react to news of the Martian attack?

7. When the narrator returns to town after the first heat-ray, how do people react to the news he brings?

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

9. How do people react when Ogilvy runs to the village for help, and why?

10. Why does the narrator start walking toward London when he leaves the ruined house?

(see the answer keys)

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