Do you think alien invasion is possible? Take the alien invasion quiz!


Maybe not all aliens come to conquer the Earth. Maybe the government is already working with them. Or perhaps they live among us undetected. Are we alone? Have we been visited? What should we do when they arrive?

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Question 1 of 20

In 2010, rumors began circulating that the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (Unoosa) was set to appoint a Malaysian astrophysicist to a new position that would be responsible for what?

co-ordinating Earth's response to extraterrestrial visitors
assessing Earth's best line of defense against alien weaponry
analyzing alien languages and translating messages

... Following several news reports that were quickly denied by UN officials, people began to associate Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman's name with alien ambassadorship. Supposedly, it will be her job to co-ordinate our planet's response to encounters with alien intelligence.


Question 2 of 20

In 1961, a metal rod encased in a porcelain-like capsule was found embedded inside a rock in California. Some have said this object is more than 500,000 years old and proof of an ancient alien civilization on Earth. What was the artifact called?

the Coso Artifact
the Prometheus Rod
the Engineer's Stone

... Believers in an ancient alien civilization point to the Coso Artifact as proof that extraterrestrials lived on Earth thousands of years ago. Almost all archeologists dismiss the idea, saying the object could be as mundane as an old spark plug encased in clay.


Question 3 of 20

What is the name of the government officials who some UFO conspiracy theorists say exist to silence believers?

Men in Black

... While there is no hard evidence to support the existence of Men in Black, some UFO conspiracy theorists believe they are a top-secret U.S. government agency sent into the field to silence those who claim to have had UFO encounters.


Question 4 of 20

Which astrophysicist said that, when it came to people's stories of alien encounters, the "extraordinary claims [were] not supported by extraordinary evidence."

Edwin Hubble
Lisa Randall
Carl Sagan

... Like many, Carl Sagan was intrigued with the idea of alien civilizations. However, he recognized the extraordinary claims need extraordinary evidence.


Question 5 of 20

Stephen Hawking says it's very likely that intelligent extraterrestrials exist in the universe. How does he believe we should respond to interstellar travelers?

talk to them through radio signals only
avoid contact, if possible
initiate contact as soon as we can

... Hawking says we should avoid all contact if possible. He maintains new life forms would likely be hostile and want to "conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach."


Question 6 of 20

What does SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) look for evidence of?

alien art
alien biology
alien technology

... Since 1984, SETI has been combing the universe for evidence of alien technology -- particularly radio transmissions.


Question 7 of 20

In his documentary Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010), what reason does Hawking give for believing aliens would be hostile towards humanity?

alien superiority complexes
human behavior
alien religious dogmas

... In the documentary, Hawking points to our own destructive behavior as a species when different cultures meet. He uses Christopher Columbus' arrival in the "New World" as an example.


Question 8 of 20

Officials from which country's Space Research Institute have claimed that aliens are already living among us?

South Africa

... The Bulgarian Space Research Institute says aliens are upset at the way humans treat the Earth and have come to put a stop to our destructive practices.


Question 9 of 20

According to the Mutual UFO network (MUFON), if you encounter aliens and/or UFOs, which of the following should you do?

immediately collect all physical evidence left by the UFO(s) or extraterrestrial life form(s)
take photographs or make drawings
introduce yourself and communicate openly

... MUFON advises you to conceal yourself, take photos if possible, and/or sketch exactly what you see before reporting your findings to anyone.


Question 10 of 20

In 1938, which novel did Orson Welles adapt and then broadcast for the CBS Radio Network, causing widespread panic among listeners?

Starship Troopers
Mars Attacks
The War of the Worlds

... On October 31, 1938, the CBS Radio Network broadcasted a radio adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel War of the Worlds, which depicts Earth being invaded by Martians. Over a million listeners panicked, believing the story to be true.


Question 11 of 20

In the event of an alien invasion, which defensive strategy do the authors of An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion claim will be the most effective against alien occupiers?

nonviolent resistance
a coordinated nuclear strike by all capable governments
guerrilla warfare and terrorism

... The authors of the book predict that government responses will not be quick or coordinated enough to save the day. Once aliens have already arrived, the only effective way of fighting them may be guerilla tactics and terrorism.


Question 12 of 20

What was the name of the Air Force project turned public relations campaign to explain that UFO sightings are nothing more than natural phenomena or manmade objects?

Project 51
Project Grudge
Project Sign

... Project Grudge was a study conducted by the Air Force in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its goal was to explain that there were no such things as UFOs. Weather balloons were cited as an example of a manmade object that could be confused for an alien spacecraft.


Question 13 of 20

What do scientists at NASA believe the first live aliens we encounter will be?

light-based life forms

... Forget green men or giant, slimy, man-eating monsters. Scientists say bacteria or germs will be the first alien life form Earthlings will encounter.


Question 14 of 20

Which U.S. president reportedly had an encounter with a UFO?

Herbert Hoover
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Dwight Eisenhower

... Legend has it that President Eisenhower saw a UFO that glowed blue while on a Navy ship.


Question 15 of 20

What is the name of the supposed exchange program between the U.S. government and visiting extraterrestrials?

Project ETAI
Project SERPO
Project UHOH

... SERPO is the supposed exchange program that exists between the U.S. government and aliens who frequently visit Earth.


Question 16 of 20

According to researchers at SETI, the part of an alien invasion most likely to kill us is not technologically advanced alien weaponry. What is it?

shortage of resources, like food and water
radiation from alien energy sources
alien pathogens

... Astrobiologist Chrisopher Chyba classifies alien germs into two categories: toxic and infectious. The arrival of aliens might expose us to germs against which we have no immunity.


Question 17 of 20

In 2010, NASA announced the discovery of an unusual bacteria that can survive by incorporating this poison into its DNA.

mustard gas

... The discovery of bacteria that doesn't just survive in arsenic but actually uses arsenic as the chemical basis for its cellular structure is an important step in understanding how new life forms might look. However, NASA maintains this particular bacteria isn't "alien."


Question 18 of 20

In the summer of 1952, there were reported sightings of space ships flying over Washington, D.C. What were these series of sightings nicknamed?

Washington flap

... In an event known as the "Washington flap," space ship that glowed were sighted over Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base. The sightings happened over a two-week period in mid-July.


Question 19 of 20

The aliens in Kenneth Johnson's V universe disguised themselves as humans. What were they in actuality?


... Known as the "Visitors," the aliens of this series were actually reptilian humanoids.


Question 20 of 20

According to the Alien Invasion Survival Handbook, if you are in a major city when aliens attack, what's the best way to get out?

sewers and subway tunnels

... Forget bridges and freeways. Flee though sewers and tunnels. Once you're out, don't follow the herd and get scooped up in an alien sweep of the highways. Take minor roads or waterways.


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