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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. Where does the Psychologist first say the model must have gone?

2. How was the archway into the great hall of the Eloi decorated?

3. What does the Time Traveler remove from the time machine when he prepares to follow the Eloi?

4. Inside the machine, it seems as if the housekeeper walks from one end of the room to the other like what object?

5. Which part of the Time Traveler's body has a half-healed cut on it when he returns to the second dinner?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Time Traveler feel when he sees the decayed books in the Palace?

3. Why does the Time Traveler take the lever out of the time machine when he lands in the far future?

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

5. 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?

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

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

8. What does the Time Traveler intend to do with Weena once he recovers the time machine?

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

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

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

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 takes what some might consider a pessimistic view of the role science plays in modern life. Even though Wells's narrative takes place in the 19th century, there are many parallels one could draw between the scientific and technical progress discuused in the novel and the explosion of digital technologies in our own time. Using textual examples from Wells, analyze the effects technological developments and innovations are likely to have on humanity. Compare and contrast Wells's predictions of what technological advancement does to humanity with your opinion of the effects of the technological advancements from your own lifetime.

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