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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What year does the Time Traveler say the dials on his machine recorded?

2. Where does the Time Traveler store the object(s) he removes from the time machine?

3. What frightens the Time Traveler badly enough to make him flee the underground lair of the Morlocks?

4. Why does the Time Traveler think that it was not the Eloi who moved the time machine?

5. Of what material does the Sphinx appear to be made?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Time Traveler discover when, at sunset, he goes to find a place to live on his first day in the future?

2. After the Time Traveler escapes the Morlocks and starts traveling farther into the future, what does he notice about the sun?

3. What explains the fact that the time machine is in the opposite corner of his laboratory when the Time Traveler returns to his present day?

4. In addition to the flowers, what other piece of tangible, physical evidence seems to offer some proof to the dinner guests that the Time Traveler may have actually traveled in time?

5. When the Time Traveler started the fire, was his response to the danger of the Morlocks instinctual or intellectual? Explain your claim.

6. What are the Eloi doing when the Time Traveler first enters the great hall?

7. How did the Time Traveler feel when he first got out of the time machine in the far future in Chapter 3?

8. When the Earth is in perpetual twilight, the air thin and hard to breathe, and the sun is huge and red, what are the only two animals/creatures The Time Traveler sees? What do they look like?

9. When the Time Traveler sees the Morlocks for the first time, what does he notice about them and what conclusions about evolution does he draw?

10. What are the physical attributes of the Eloi the Time Traveler describes? What are their features like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The question of humanity, of what makes a person human, is at the forefront of this novel's play of ideas. Wells posits, perhaps, that there are certain characteristics that define the essence of humanity, which the Morlock and the Eloi have lost. Name and describe these characteristics, using specific examples. You may want to consider specifically his time in the museum, as well as the end of the novel and the epilogue, as well as his first few days with the Eloi.

Essay Topic 2

One example of the "devolution" is the social Darwinism that forces changes in humanity. Describe what social forces Wells was describing in this novel and how he thought they might help humans "devolve." How does Wells fictionalize these social forces in this science fiction? What are the speculative elements he uses to symbolize and explore these social forces and their effects?

Essay Topic 3

Both the Eloi and the Morlock live in communist societies. Describe what makes these societies "communist" or communal, using textual examples. Determine what you think Wells's opinions of communism might have been. What do you think he wanted his readers to think and feel about communism?

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