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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. Why does Ogilvy think it is impossible for the Martians to become established on Earth?
(a) There is not enough nitrogen in the air.
(b) The gravity is too strong.
(c) The Martians cannot see very well.
(d) There is no food for them on Earth.

2. What is the name of the narrator's local newspaper?
(a) News of the Day.
(b) The Post-Dispatch.
(c) The Woking Journal.
(d) The Daily Chronicle.

3. Why do the humans not know what the heat ray is?
(a) It is made of unknown materials.
(b) It is hidden.
(c) It does not exist.
(d) It is invisible.

4. Who is the first person to see the cylinder when it crashes?
(a) Henderson.
(b) The narrator.
(c) A construction worker.
(d) Ogilvy.

5. What happens to a few people when the crowd is escaping from the heat ray?
(a) They are shot.
(b) They are crushed.
(c) They are captured by Martians.
(d) They are arrested.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the soldiers do when the narrator tells them about the heat ray?

2. Henderson sends news of the cylinder to his colleagues in what city?

3. What do the first visitors to the cylinder think is inside it at first?

4. In what area of knowledge does the narrator say the Martians are clearly superior?

5. Who does not die in the heat ray?

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 kind of newspaper coverage does the cylinder receive on the second day? What might this predict?

3. How is the curate acting when the narrator first meets him? What does this show about him?

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

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

6. What is the significance of the artilleryman's story?

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

8. What happens to the man who rents out the horse and cart to the narrator? What message is this event supposed to send to the reader?

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

10. Why does the narrator walk toward the Martian down the road after leaving the pub?

(see the answer keys)

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