The Time Machine Test | 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 does the Time Traveler ask his guests to save for him while he changes?

2. What color is the first Eloi's tunic?

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

4. What do the Eloi wear on their heads?

5. What color is the animal the Time Traveler sees in the night on the way to look for his missing time machine?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Time Traveler see when he stops the machine in the far future in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

6. What is different about the second dinner party, which is held a week after the first?

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

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

9. What kind of food does the Time Traveler particularly crave when he returns?

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

Two kinds of science fiction worlds are utopias and dystopias. Define these terms. Using examples from this novel, identify which speculative elements are utopian and which are dystopic. How does Wells play with these two kinds of science fiction worlds? Finally, offer your opinion: do you consider this novel utopian, dystopian, or something else? Be specific.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

During the intense action scenes in the future, the Time Traveler's actions symbolize both his instinctual as well as his intellectual capabilities. Describe, using examples, how Wells communicates the Time Traveler's instincts as well as his intellect. Which does Wells consider more important, do you think? Which does the Time Traveler consider more important?

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