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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. How did he find out her name was Weena?

2. Of what foodstuff does the diet of the Eloi consist?

3. How did the Time Traveler make friends with Weena?

4. When the Time Traveler sees an animal in the night, what does he take it for?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What does the Time Traveler discover about the Palace?

2. How much time has passed for the Time Traveler? How does this compare to the amount of time that he says has passed for the guests?

3. What does the Time Traveler feel when he sees the decayed books in the Palace?

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

5. What is the Editor's reactions when the Time Traveler tells him and the other guests of his journey?

6. Where (in terms of to which time period/what kind of time period) does the narrator assume that the Time Traveler has traveled to at the end of the novel?

7. Describe the point of view of the book's first two chapters.

8. What does the Time Traveler intend to do with Weena once he recovers the time machine?

9. What does the Time Traveler see and experience as he approaches his original time period?

10. What kind of humans, according to the Time Traveler, must have been the source of the Morlocks? Why did they evolve the way they did?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel has a unique narrative shape, especially in terms of character and conflict. Consider the conflict structure and the extent to which a reader should consider the Morlocks the antagonists of the novel. What role do they play in intensifying the conflict? If they are the antagonists, who--or what--is the protagonist(s)? What ideas about humanity do these Morlocks embody, and how does that influence your analysis of them as antagonists?

Essay Topic 2

One feature of the science fiction genre is "world-building," which describes the ways an author establishes a specific and believable setting with rules of its own. One example of Wells's world-building is his extensive imaginings of Eloi culture. Describe the rules of Eloi culture, show how Wells tries to convince the reader of this culture, and examine the extent to which his fictional Eloi culture is believable, in terms of the novel. You will also want to consider the ideas dramatized by these characters and the setting established by their culture.

Essay Topic 3

Even though Weena seems to be a main character, she is someone without language, someone with little agency, and is not even human. Explain the ways in which Wells characterizes Weena and determine the specific strategies he employs to distance her from the reader. What ideas does her characterization dramatize? What does she "represent" and do you consider her a main or major character in this novel? Why or why not?

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