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

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

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

4. Upon what geographical formation does the Time Traveler find himself in the far future?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What happens to Weena in the forest fire?

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

4. What are the Eloi doing when the Time Traveler first enters the great hall?

5. What does the Time Traveler do with the white flowers Weena picked?

6. Describe the Time Traveler's reaction to the fact that his machine has been moved into the White Sphinx; what action does he undertake, if any, to recover the machine?

7. 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?

8. Describe the final creature the Time Traveler observes, in the farthest future time period he travels to (30 million years in the future).

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

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

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

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.

Essay Topic 3

The issue of the preservation of cultural memory and transmission of history helps structure Wells's narrative. Consider the Time Traveler's experience at the Palace. In the year 802,700, what is preserved from the culture in which the Time Traveler was born? What do you think Wells wants the reader to take away from the Time Traveler's experience in this museum?

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