From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Martian Chronicles

The Martian Chronicles


by Ray Bradbury

The Martian Chronicles: Chronicling the Chronicles Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around The Martian Chronicles? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. What is the significance of The Martian Chronicles taking place in the near future?

It's easier to write about.
Bradbury wants to be recognized as an accurate futurist.
That way, new technology would be plausible (yay interplanetary rockets) but close enough that we still wouldn't have figured out some of those pressing global-civilization issues (boo nuclear weapons).
He wanted to live long enough to see his stories come true.
Q. What is the significance of the third person omniscient narrator in The Martian Chronicles?

The way Bradbury uses this perspective draws the reader in to a more intimate relationship with the narrator.
It allows the writer to provide a richer background that helps motivate the character's thoughts and actions.
Three people are better than one.
This perspective keeps the audience at arms' length.
Q. Is Bradbury's Mars scientifically accurate?

No, his Mars is very much a fantasyland version.
Yes, his Mars is meticulously scientific.
His Mars is a mixture of fact and fantasy.
He does not write about mars; he writes about Jupiter.
Q. Which of the following are examples of comic elements within The Martian Chronicles?

Walter Gripp learning to be happy alone instead of living with a hideous woman who makes the mistake of eating chocolate in front of him.
Ylla says that Earth could never support life because "Our scientists have said there's far too much pollution in their atmosphere" (43).
The earth people try to take advantage of the Martians
There are no comic elements in The Martian Chronicles.