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The War of the Worlds Study Guide by H.G. Wells

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1. The Martians left their planet because

A. Mars became overpopulated
B. they wanted to conquer Earth
C. Mars began to cool off

2. The Martians fired this many canisters

A. 5
B. 10
C. 20

3. The first canister was discovered here by this person

A. the narrator while walking in the woods
B. Ogilvy the astronomer in Horsell Common
C. Lord Hilton in his backyard

4. The first victim of the Martian attacks was....

A. an elderly teacher
B. a member of the peace party
C. a young shop assistant


5. The narrator gets a cart from this person to escape

A. landlord of Spotted Dog inn
B. gardening neighbor
C. he finds it unattended by the side of the road and takes it

6. It was here that everyone jumps in the river to escape the Heat-Ray

A. London
B. Surrey
C. Weybridge and Shepperton

7. The “Thunder Child” is

A. an ironclad warship in the Thames
B. the Martian who kept coming after many shots
C. the paddle steamer that takes the brother and company to Ostend

8. The narrator refers to this historical disaster

A. The 1666 Great Fire of London
B. The eruption at Pompeii
C. The sinking of the Titanic

9. The narrator (and for most of the time, the curate) were trapped in the house on the edge of the pit for this many days

A. 7
B. 9
C. 15

10. Though the Martians have advanced technology, there is no evidence of this, which stands out to the narrator

A. the switch
B. the wheel
C. wires

11. This is the artilleryman’s stated plan for the future

A. to build up scientific knowledge and develop counter-technology
B. to live in drains underground
C. to sabotage the Martians’ flying-machine and then get passage to the continent

12. The dying Martian makes this noise

A. “ulla”
B. “ohh...”
C. “help”

13. When it was discovered that the Martians were dead, the news was telegraphed here first

A. Dublin
B. Washington, D.C.
C. Paris

14. This technology was said to have been gained from the Martians

A. flying
B. flame throwers
C. poison gas

15. The narrator names this as the “strangest of all”

A. “to hold my wife’s hand again, and to think that I have counted her, and that she has counted me, among the dead.”
B. “the possibility of another attack from the Martians.”
C. “the Martians-dead-slain...by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put on this earth.”


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