The War of the Worlds Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the soldier and the narrator bring with them when they decide to leave Woking?

2. How does the narrator escape when the army first fights the Martians?

3. How many houses around the pit catch fire on Friday night?

4. What does the narrator see in the sky as he goes to town on his way back from the inn?

5. Who does the narrator say he finds reassuring the morning before he is forced to flee?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the narrator plan to do when he hears the dog, and what does this show about his situation?

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

3. What is the state of the narrator's relationship with the curate when they stay in Halliford, and why?

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

5. What happens in the ruined house that makes the narrator hide in the basement?

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

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

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

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

10. What weapon do the Martians use when the first cylinder opens, and how does this change the story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How and why do people use a crisis for personal gain in War of the Worlds?

Essay Topic 2

What purposes does the narrator's brother serve as a character?

Essay Topic 3

Based on the character of the curate, what do you think H.G. Wells is trying to say about religion in this novel?

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