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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. Why does the Time Traveler claim not to be afraid of the first Eloi he meets, even though they are touching him?

2. How does the Time Traveler determine that the time machine was taken into the base of the Sphinx?

3. Why does the Time Traveler remove something from the machine when he meets the Eloi and prepares to leave the machine?

4. Which character suggests that, in the future, time travelers might encounter communist societies?

5. Which of the characters says that he has never heard of the Fourth Dimension?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the historical (and technological) setting of this novel.

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

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

4. Describe the point of view that takes over the story in Chapter 3?

5. How does the forest fire start?

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

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

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 kind of humans, according to the Time Traveler, must have been the source of the Morlocks? Why did they evolve the way they did?

10. What are the physical attributes of the Eloi the Time Traveler describes? What are their features like?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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

Even though Weena seems to be a main character, she is someone without language, someone with little agency, and is not even human. Explain the ways in which Wells characterizes Weena and determine the specific strategies he employs to distance her from the reader. What ideas does her characterization dramatize? What does she "represent" and do you consider her a main or major character in this novel? Why or why not?

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