The Time Machine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. What is the name of the housekeeper?

3. Which of the characters actually operates the model of the time machine?

4. Under which social or political system does it appear the Eloi are living, to the Time Traveler?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the forest fire start?

3. What happens when the Psychologist pushes the lever on the model time machine and how do the observers respond?

4. What finally convinces the narrator himself of the truth of the Time Traveler's story at the end of the novel?

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

6. What does the Time Traveler discover about the Palace?

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

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

9. Describe the plan the Time Traveler comes up with to recover his time machine and escape back to the past.

10. To the narrator, what do the strange white flowers seem to symbolize at the end of the novel?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

One example of the "devolution" is the social Darwinism that forces changes in humanity. Describe what social forces Wells was describing in this novel and how he thought they might help humans "devolve." How does Wells fictionalize these social forces in this science fiction? What are the speculative elements he uses to symbolize and explore these social forces and their effects?

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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