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

3. What does the word "canard" mean?
(a) A distraction.
(b) A worthless object.
(c) A false story.
(d) A card game.

4. What do the first visitors to the cylinder think is inside it at first?
(a) A Martian invader.
(b) A man.
(c) A strange creature.
(d) An animal.

5. What is a "sapper?"
(a) A member of the Navy.
(b) A skilled front-line soldier.
(c) A man who makes syrup.
(d) A bar owner.

Short Answer Questions

1. What comes out of the pit after the Deputation signals the Martians?

2. Where does the narrator meet the man who owns the land where the cylinder crashes?

3. What color are the gas jets?

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

5. Why do the humans not know what the heat ray is?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why might the narrator have included the story about his brother?

2. 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?

3. What happens to the house in Halliford, and why is this important?

4. What fact do scientists overlook when considering whether Mars can support life?

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

6. How do those who first see the cylinder feel about it in general, and why do they feel this way?

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

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

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

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

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