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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) Stent.
(b) Henderson.
(c) Ogilvy.
(d) A Martian.

2. 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.

3. What must first be present in order for life to begin according to the narrator?
(a) Moisture.
(b) Nitrogen.
(c) Temperature cooling.
(d) Vegetation.

4. Who is Ogilvy?
(a) A philosopher.
(b) An astronomer.
(c) A reporter.
(d) A laborer.

5. What do the soldier and the narrator bring with them when they decide to leave Woking?
(a) Food and the narrator's dog.
(b) Weapons and food.
(c) Food and whiskey.
(d) Food and water.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the narrator react when the first Martian falls out of the cylinder?

2. What are the locals doing when the soldier and the narrator go to check in with the soldiers?

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

4. What are the gas jets in the sky originally assumed to be?

5. What is the man selling near the pit shortly after the cylinder crashes?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the narrator's brother do for the women in the carriage? What does this reveal about his character?

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

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

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

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

7. What kills the Martians and why is this significant?

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

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

10. Describe what the Martians look like.

(see the answer keys)

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