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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. Why is it dark in the room where the men hear the Time Traveler's story?

2. The Time Traveler compares the Morlocks to which kind of monkey or ape?

3. What color eyes do the Morlocks have, according to the Time Traveler's first impressions?

4. Which character is described in Chapter 2 as having "more than a touch of whim among his elements"?

5. How does the Time Traveler determine that the time machine was taken into the base of the Sphinx?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes The Time Traveler push the lever again and leave the time period with the two creatures and the large, red sun?

2. Why does the Time Traveler take the lever out of the time machine when he lands in the far future?

3. What do the Editor and the Journalist think about the story the guests relate about the model time machine?

4. How does the forest fire start?

5. 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?

6. Describe the point of view that takes over the story in Chapter 3?

7. What happens when the Psychologist pushes the lever on the model time machine and how do the observers respond?

8. 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?

9. 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?

10. To the narrator, what do the strange white flowers seem to symbolize at the end of the novel?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel is one of the founding works of science fiction, or more specifically, one of the earliest examples of speculative fiction. Consider this novel in terms of its genre, identifying the fictional elements that are "science fictional" or speculative, and determining how Wells used speculative elements to craft a sharp critique of his own time. Be sure to include specific textual examples.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

This novel features both a narrator, who tells the story to the reader, and an internal narrator--the Time Traveler--who relates his story to the narrator. Analyze the narrative strategies Wells uses to tell this story, including specific analysis of voice, distance, and access to and flow of information. Be sure to consider the issue of reliability on the part of both of the narrators: does the reader believe the narrator? Does the narrator believe the Time Traveler? What kinds of proof and evidence does each provide? Who has access to what kinds of information.

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