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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

While some critics argue that the Morlocks represent the future of the working class and the Eloi the future of the elite classes, there are also many other characters in the novel who actually are middle and upper class. Describe briefly the analysis of social power dynamics represented by the science fiction elements evidence in the Morlock and the Eloi. Then consider two or three of the characters who are middle class--the Time Traveler, the Medical Man, the Editor, or the Psychologist--and analyze to what extent these characters offer a critique of their own on the social class they represent. You may also consider, if you wish, why none of the onscreen characters are representative of the working class.

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

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?

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