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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. Compared to the children the Time Traveler is used to, what does he estimate the intellectual age of the Eloi to be?

2. On what day of the week did the guests come for dinner?

3. What does the Time Traveler find when he attempts to climb down into one of the Morlocks' shafts or tunnels?

4. In what type of clothing is the group of figures the Time Traveler sees clad?

5. Which character is described by the following: "an argumentative person with red hair"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. What happens to Weena in the forest fire?

3. Describe the guests at the Time Traveler's first dinner party and what they talked about.

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

5. What political system is discussed in Chapter 1 as a possible future for humanity and why has Wells included it?

6. Describe the plan the Time Traveler comes up with to recover his time machine and escape back to the past.

7. What happens after the Time Traveler mimics the clap of thunder that accompanied his arrival in Chapter 4?

8. Why are the characters primarily represented by the name of their profession rather than their actual names?

9. Why, according to the Time Traveler, is the Fourth Dimension overlooked?

10. Why does the Time Traveler feel instinctual hatred for and fear of the Morlocks?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wells imagines a future where humanity has evolved into two separate and symbiotic species. Discuss, in detail, the biological differences Wells predicted and how selection (that is, evolutionary process) led to these differences. Be sure to use specific examples from the novel that show the "devolution" Wells has predicted and how the Time Traveler imagines it happened. While Wells may have considered this evolution "devolution," what do you think? Is this long-term view of humanity necessarily as negative as Wells's character seems to think? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The issue of the preservation of cultural memory and transmission of history helps structure Wells's narrative. Consider the Time Traveler's experience at the Palace. In the year 802,700, what is preserved from the culture in which the Time Traveler was born? What do you think Wells wants the reader to take away from the Time Traveler's experience in this museum?

Essay Topic 3

A major theme of this novel is entropy and decay over time and as a result of social Darwinism, or social pressures that result in changes. Define what you think the terms entropy and decay mean in terms of this novel and contextualize your analysis with examples from the book. You should be sure to consider entropy and decay in terms of the several major fictional strategies (setting, characterization, plot, language, dialogue, etc.)

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