The invaders in Orson Welles' radio broadcast of "The War of the Worlds" are described as: (A) slimy eyeless blobs, (B) brown and leathery, or (C) large as a buffalo? 

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poetrymfa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On October 30, 1938, the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network released "The War of the Worlds," a radio drama episode from The Mercury Theatre on the Air which was directed and narrated by Orson Welles as an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The War of the Worlds.

Using a live newscast simulation for the hour-long play, Welles related the increasingly strange occurrences, including explosions on Mars, the arrival of a cylindrical meteorite, and the appearance of a tentacled Martian who incinerates a crowd of people with Heat-Rays. 

In the radio play, the Martians are described as "large as a buffalo" (answer C), although even their size can't save them from demise; eventually they are killed by pathogenic germs, leaving the world permanently devastated by their temporary occupation. 

The style of the broadcast purportedly caused a panic, with many people hearing only part of the play and believing that the events being described by the "reporter" were real "news." 

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If this is from Orson Welles' "Invasion from Mars," the original transcript from his radio broadcast, the answer would be C. large as a buffalo. Although at first, the creatures are described as being as large as a bear, and having black shiny eyes like a snake and tentacles.  Later, H.G. Wells took the idea of Orson Welles original radio hoax and transformed into War of the Worlds.  In Wells' version, the creatures operate "tripods" and more more like invertebrates with tentacles.  They use their high-tech tripods to laser and destroy human structures and enemies. 

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