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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

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

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 3

The role of food in this novel is significant, both in terms of conflict structure and in terms of the play of ideas. Describe the ways this novel thematizes the idea of food, eating, sustenance, and survival. Consider 1) the meals in the frame narrative, 2) the "cannibalism" represented by the Morlocks, and 3) the food eaten by the Eloi.

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