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. Where does the narrator decide to take his wife when his chimney is cracked?

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

3. About how many soldiers does the military send in response to the first cylinder crash?

4. What happens to the narrator when he reaches the other bank in the small boat?

5. What color are the gas jets?

Short Essay Questions

1. When the narrator returns to town after the first heat-ray, how do people react to the news he brings?

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

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

4. Why does the author take his wife to his cousin's house? What is the state of the town at that point?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the character of the artilleryman and what you think he is meant to represent.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Research all of the scientific claims the narrator makes in War of the Worlds. Analyze whether or not each of these claims could be accurate.

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