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

2. To what "zoological" specimen does the Time Traveler compare the color of the Morlocks' bodies?

3. Which character is described in Chapter 2 as having "more than a touch of whim among his elements"?

4. At what time of day does the time machine begin its day, according to the Time Traveler?

5. How did the Time Traveler make friends with Weena?

Short Essay Questions

1. What makes The Time Traveler push the lever again and leave the time period with the two creatures and the large, red sun?

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

3. Describe the historical (and technological) setting of this novel.

4. When the Time Traveler sees the Morlocks for the first time, what does he notice about them and what conclusions about evolution does he draw?

5. How much time has passed for the Time Traveler? How does this compare to the amount of time that he says has passed for the guests?

6. 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?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While this novel is considered a foundational example of the science fiction genre, Wells grounds it in actual science. Interpret the various roles "real" or actual science plays in this narrative, including a discussion of both the scientific issues discussed in the beginning of the novel as well as the scientific understanding of the world the Time Traveler uses in the future and returns to his own time with. Be sure to discuss the specific ways Wells and his characters employ science in the service of fiction.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Even though Weena seems to be a main character, she is someone without language, someone with little agency, and is not even human. Explain the ways in which Wells characterizes Weena and determine the specific strategies he employs to distance her from the reader. What ideas does her characterization dramatize? What does she "represent" and do you consider her a main or major character in this novel? Why or why not?

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