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

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

3. What do the first visitors to the cylinder think is inside it at first?

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

5. Why does Ogilvy think it is impossible for the Martians to become established on Earth?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the citizens of Weybridge doing when the narrator and artilleryman arrive?

2. Who does the narrator find on Putney Hill, and what do they discuss?

3. What does the Thunder Child do to the Martian tripods? How does this change the story?

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

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

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

7. What new weapon do the Martians reveal in Surrey? What does this reveal about Martian technology?

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

9. Describe the narrator's experience when he goes back to his house after the invasion.

10. What does Ogilvy observe about the object when he first sees it?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

How does this novel show that crisis reveals a person's true character?

Essay Topic 3

Examine the author's use of mythological and Biblical allusions in this novel, and explain what purpose they serve.

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