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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 is Mars the god of in Roman mythology?
(a) Wisdom.
(b) Love.
(c) The underworld.
(d) War.

2. What element are the gas jets that first streamed toward Earth primarily made from?
(a) Helium.
(b) Oxygen.
(c) Hydrogen.
(d) Neon.

3. What color is the first Martian's skin?
(a) Yellow.
(b) Pink.
(c) Orange.
(d) Gray.

4. Where does the soldier hide until meeting the narrator?
(a) In a house.
(b) In the sewer.
(c) Under a pile of leaves.
(d) Under dead bodies.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the narrator's local newspaper?

2. What does the narrator drink when he gets back to his house for the first time?

3. What is a "sapper?"

4. What can survive the heat ray?

5. Where do the Martian disks first emerge according to the soldier?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the narrator's brother respond when he hears rumors that food supplies may soon arrive? What does this reveal about him?

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

3. What does the narrator discover about the Martian machines as he watches from the ruined house?

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

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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