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The War of the Worlds Teaching Unit
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- What do the Martians in this story look like? In what ways does the narrator suggest they are similar to the way humans might appear in the future?
- How would you describe the reaction of the humans to the fi rst cylinder? What happens to change people’s attitudes toward the aliens?
- The narrator must hide from the Martians in the coal bin. He remarks that the Martians have learned to open human doors. Why is this kind of scene terrifying?
- List three instances in the story in which humans seem to behave badly under pressure.
- Support or refute the following statement: the narrator of the story is not a traditional hero.
- Why do you think Wells portrays the narrator’s companion in the ruined house as a curate?
- For what reasons does the narrator at fi rst think the artillery man is making good sense when he suggests they form an underground unit of humans to work against the Martians? Why does the narrator abandon him and the plans to travel to London?
- What is ironic about the narrator’s occupation?
- Why does the author include references in the story to Tasmania and dodo birds?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.