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The Story with No Heading

The programme started on the night of Sunday, October 30, 1938 undra-matically enough. At 8 p.m. {1} heard, «The Columbia Broadcasting System presents Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air in «War of the Worlds» by H.G. Wells.» Then came the unmistakable voice of Orson Welles. He was interrupted by a news announcer reading a (2) bulletin, «Tonight’s weather…» Nothing to cause alarm at this stage. A few minutes after 8 o’clock a sombre voice interrupted the radio broadcast to warn Americans, «Ladies and gentlemen, I have a grave announcement to make…» The words that followed, beamed out in a programme networked across the USA, (3) remarkable scenes of panic. ?4] the announcement was that Martians had landed in North America The announcement was part of the radio play, but (5) so realistic and produced by such a genius of the theatre that most people who heard it took it for the fact.

#1. 1) listeners; 2) audience; 3) spectators; 4) radio viewers.

#2. 1) weathering; 2) startling; 3) routine; 4) discouraging.

#3. 1) followed; 2) caused; 3) announced; 4) alarmed.

#4. 1) So; 2) As if; 3) However; 4) For.

#5. 1) one; 2) this; 3) that; 4) radio.

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