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

2. Why do the narrator and the curate decide to leave the riverbank?

3. What does the narrator hear after the shopman goes into the pit?

4. How does the narrator say he feels on his way home from the heat ray incident?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the Martian invasion begin and how do people generally react?

3. When the narrator returns to the common on the second day, who is in the pit? What are they doing and why?

4. When the narrator first meets the artilleryman, what does the soldier say happened to his unit?

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

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

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

8. What does the narrator find when he leaves the ruined house? What does this indicate?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe and analyze how H.G. Wells uses symbolism in War of the Worlds.

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Martians in detail, and explain why they are so different from humans.

Essay Topic 3

What advantages do the Martians have over the humans, and vice versa?

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