When the Tripods Came 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 kind of car does Uncle Ian drive?

2. Though the Trippy Show seems to originate in the United States, where does Dr. Monmouth say some people believe it really originates?

3. What is the government reaction when it's discovered that the Trippy Show is being broadcast from outer space?

4. What does the author say is a fundamental weakness of science fiction books?

5. Who does Martha call after Ian leaves?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Laurie say about the attention he and Andy receive because they witnessed the Tripod?

2. Why doesn't Laurie's family see much of his Aunt and Uncle?

3. What is Aunt Caroline's reaction when Pa tells her about Angela's hypnosis by the Trippy Show?

4. Briefly describe what happens when the Tripod arrives at the farmhouse.

5. What are the objections the science fiction writer has to the storyline of the Tripods?

6. What does Dr. Monmouth suggest about the Trippy Show and the reason people are being hypnotized by it?

7. What does Wild Bill say each of the Tripods did after they landed the first time?

8. Why does Ilse offer Laurie cookies and why does he refuse?

9. Briefly describe the Trippy show that Laurie sees for the first time.

10. Why are Laurie and Andy in the shed near the farmhouse when the Tripods arrive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Who do you believe the is the strongest character in the story? Support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

How does Switzerland attempt to prevent the invasion of the Tripods? Are they successful at all? Are their methods honorable? Support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

What are the Trippies? How are their attitudes changed from their personalities. List at least three people who become Trippies. What are their fates?

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