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 does the narrator hear after the shopman goes into the pit?

2. What happens to the narrator as he runs home after the heat ray?

3. How does the Lieutenant respond to the soldier and narrator's story when meeting them?

4. What does the narrator first call the cylinder?

5. How far does the narrator have to drive his wife in the cart?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is different about the flaming gas jets from usual shooting stars, and what do people think they are at first?

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

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

4. When the curate and the narrator are first trapped in the ruined house, how does their conflict begin to intensify?

5. 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?

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

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

8. What happens to the man who rents out the horse and cart to the narrator? What message is this event supposed to send to the reader?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of using the flashback technique in general, and specifically in this novel.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

Describe the author's use of foreshadowing in War of the Worlds, and what role this technique plays in the narrative.

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