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 first Eloi appear to be wearing on his feet?

2. What does the Time Traveler see after his meal with the Eloi, when he goes outside again to look at the White Sphinx?

3. To which room do the men retire to hear the Time Traveler's story?

4. What is the texture of the Eloi's hair?

5. What is the model of the time machine made out of?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is one possible reason the Time Traveler postulates for the physical changes from humans to Eloi?

2. What happens to Weena in the forest fire?

3. What does the Time Traveler discover when, at sunset, he goes to find a place to live on his first day in the future?

4. How does the forest fire start?

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

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. What does the Time Traveler see and experience as he approaches his original time period?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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.

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