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Help middle and high school students improve fluency, stamina, text comprehension, and close reading analysis of the formal elements of fiction with this set of rigorous, text-dependent questions on The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (book 2, chapters 6 through 10). An answer key is included, as well as a copy of the featured chapters, which are in the public domain. Materials are delivered in Word Document and PDF formats. By completing the close reading activity, students will:

  • Identify what the text states explicitly as well as implicitly
  • Explore character development and motivations
  • Analyze how complex characters interact
  • Explore techniques the author uses to convey a sense of defeatism
  • Identify and explain an example of situational irony
  • Identify an example of epiphany and articulate the effect it has on a character
  • Apply knowledge of various literary devices including aposiopesis and paradox
  • Articulate the greater significance of a given detail
  • Explore the relevance of a given chapter title (“Wreckage”)
  • Write clearly, concisely, and accurately in response to analytical questioning
  • Cite textual evidence in support of claims