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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 Time Traveler remove from the time machine when he prepares to follow the Eloi?

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

3. What sound does the Time Traveler hear from deep within the shaft?

4. Why does the Time Traveler think that it was not the Eloi who moved the time machine?

5. Into what kind of weather does the Time Traveler arrive in the far future?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. Why are the characters primarily represented by the name of their profession rather than their actual names?

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

5. 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?

6. Why does the Time Traveler believe that the Eloi did not need intellect?

7. What does the Time Traveler discover about the Morlocks that allows him to escape the three of them in the tunnel?

8. How did the Time Traveler feel when he first got out of the time machine in the far future in Chapter 3?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

This novel has a unique narrative shape, especially in terms of character and conflict. Consider the conflict structure and the extent to which a reader should consider the Morlocks the antagonists of the novel. What role do they play in intensifying the conflict? If they are the antagonists, who--or what--is the protagonist(s)? What ideas about humanity do these Morlocks embody, and how does that influence your analysis of them as antagonists?

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

This novel features both a narrator, who tells the story to the reader, and an internal narrator--the Time Traveler--who relates his story to the narrator. Analyze the narrative strategies Wells uses to tell this story, including specific analysis of voice, distance, and access to and flow of information. Be sure to consider the issue of reliability on the part of both of the narrators: does the reader believe the narrator? Does the narrator believe the Time Traveler? What kinds of proof and evidence does each provide? Who has access to what kinds of information.

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