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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 estimate he has traveled to before he actually reports what exact year the machine recorded?

2. How did he find out her name was Weena?

3. What is the term for a problem in time travel or a contradiction of the timeline mentioned by the Psychologist in Chapter 1?

4. Which character suggests that, in the future, time travelers might encounter communist societies?

5. What does the Time Traveler judge his pace in the machine to be?

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. Why does the Time Traveler think the Morlocks started eating Eloi?

3. What do the people the Time Traveler meets in the far future in Chapter 3 look like?

4. What are some of the reasons the Time Traveler is beginning to think of the future as a Golden Age or utopia, in Chapter 5?

5. Inside the dark tunnel he explores in the Palace, the Time Traveler finds a carcass. What is it and what does this carcass foreshadow?

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

7. What leads the Time Traveler to believe that his time machine has been taken into the White Sphinx?

8. What does the Time Traveler discover about the Morlocks that allows him to escape the three of them in the tunnel?

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

10. Describe the Time Traveler's appearance when he suddenly arrives during the second dinner.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.)

Essay Topic 3

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?

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