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How Well Do You Know "The Illustrated Man"?
"This is a 20-question quiz about Ray Bradbury's collection of futuristic short stories. Eighteen are questions about the plots, plus two other questions relating to the book. (Spoilers are everywhere, by the way.) Enjoy!"
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Which of the following is the closest plot to "The Veldt"?
A family goes back to Earth and finds out that everything (oceans included) has turned into a dry savanna.
A family mysteriously disappears during a time travel trip gone wrong.
A family heads to the museum and talks about how dumb, stupid and clueless people of the past (1950's people) are!
A family lives in a futuristic house with a nursery that serves as a window to the kids' imagination.
In the story, "Kaleidoscope," which of the following actually happens?
A rocket explodes and the people in it slowly drift around in space dying a slow but awesome death.
An experimental drug is given to a group of teens who think they are in space battling Plutonians and saving the world.
A group of space travelers land on the beautiful planet of Daffron, where everything is an illusion and everybody is a mirage.
A family of cockroaches sits down at their front porch observing the atomic wars slowly devastating the human world.
Which group of people was sent to Mars twenty years ago in the story, "The Other Foot"?
The bishops and priests
The black people
The diseased and the old
The criminals and convicts
Among Bradbury's various futuristic recurring ideas, which one is highlighted in the story, "The Highway"?
In "The Man," a group of space travelers arrive at a city in a distant planet and get an unexpected welcome. As a matter of fact, they don't get welcomed at all! Why?
A group of space travelers came before them and told everyone that the next group of travelers arriving would invade their city.
A man came before them and brought overwhelming peace and serenity to the city
A man came before them and turned the denizens of the city into mindless robots.
A man came before them and wiped out the entire city with an incurable plague.
Where did "The Long Rain" take place?
What is the sad event that transpired by the end of the story, "The Rocket Man"?
The rocket man came home to his family and found out that they have forgotten everything about him.
The rocket man died when his ship fell in the sun.
The rocket man stayed behind the dying planet from another star system to save his family.
The rocket man went to one of Saturn's moons and missed his son's birthday down there at Earth.
What do the aliens in "The Fire Balloons" do that assured Peregrine that they were not bad creatures?
They forced an approaching meteor to ricochet back to space.
They saved Peregrine from dying when he jumped off the cliff.
They embraced Peregrine and made him remember happy memories from his childhood.
They went to church.
How did everyone know that it's their last night on the world in "The Last Night of the World?"
Everyone had a dream about it.
A strong entity came one day and told everyone.
The seven deadly plagues occurred.
Nobody knew it was their last night in the world.
Who were "The Exiles"?
The presidents of the United States
The scientists who invented the machine that gave everyone in the world an immortal life
People who couldn't start a space rocket
Authors of books introducing ghosts, goblins, witches and mythical creatures
In "No Particular Night or Morning," what has nothing on top, nothing on the bottom, a lot of empty nothings between and you falling in the middle of nothing?
What is "The Fox and the Forest", in a nutshell?
A pregnant woman realizes the faith of her unborn child and must do the ultimate decision, which is to terminate her pregnancy before it's too late.
A guy tries to escape being a part of Earth's plan to invade the peaceful planet of Mars.
A couple hides in the past to escape taking a role in the present world's war and infamy.
A young seven-year-old girl is the lab mouse of a confidential organization working on a new way to create a new army of merciless soldiers.
What is the power of "The Visitor"?
He has the power to cure the sicknesses of the people in Mars just by wiping his tear on them.
He has the power to create a virtual vivid world based on someone's memories.
He has the power to bring you back to a time in your past where you could watch yourself once more.
He has the power to change faces and be somebody else.
In "The Concrete Mixer," Ettil is one of the many Martians drafted to invade the Earth. By the end of the story, what happens to Ettil?
He marries an Earth woman and lives a normal life as a half-Martian half-Earthling.
He gets shot by an Earth boy when he tries to save the boy's sister.
He gets run over by a car driven by rowdy teens.
He gets blasted back to Mars alone after the Martians' devastating defeat.
In "Marionettes, Inc.," what are the two things that Braling's marionette wanted to do?
Die and never deal with humans again
Get away from Marionettes, Inc. and ride a rocket
Go to Rio and have Braling's wife all to himself
Assume Braling's life in a different continent and get married to Braling's wife's marionette
"The City" is a city built with one intent: to make the Earthlings pay for wiping out the race that thrived in that planet before. How is it planning on doing that?
Dropping bombs of disease culture to Earth
Attracting Earthling rocket men to the city until the city could poison them
Turning the city's planet into a meteor targeted towards Earth
Sending radioactive signals to the Earth heard only by women and children- hypnotizing them
What is the game all kids around the world are playing in "Zero Hour?"
What is the story behind "The Rocket?"
A serial killer is found writing a book about himself on a rocket.
An underprivileged man sends his kids to space.
A Martian goes inside an Earthling's rocket and marvels.
A child aspires to ride a rocket one day!
What is the fate of the guy who allowed the Illustrated Man to sleep in his place?
He would become a part of the tattoos in the Illustrated Man's chest.
He will meet a woman and they will live happily ever after.
He would be strangled by the Illustrated Man.
He will die of leprosy and nobody would dare talk to him.
Which of the following deaths did not happen / were not implied in the "Illustrated Man"?
Wiped out by a cosmic storm
Devoured by lions
Baked in a microwave oven
Shot with a gun
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Compiled Jun 28 12