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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. What distinguishes the way the Time Traveler walks when he returns during the second dinner?

3. What is the texture of the Eloi's hair?

4. Of what foodstuff does the diet of the Eloi consist?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How much time has passed for the Time Traveler? How does this compare to the amount of time that he says has passed for the guests?

2. What political system is discussed in Chapter 1 as a possible future for humanity and why has Wells included it?

3. Why is the Time Traveler glad about what happened to Weena?

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

5. 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?

6. What does the Time Traveler see when he stops the machine in the far future in Chapter 3?

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

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

9. Why does the Time Traveler feel instinctual hatred for and fear of the Morlocks?

10. Describe the guests at the Time Traveler's first dinner party and what they talked about.

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

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 is one of the founding works of science fiction, or more specifically, one of the earliest examples of speculative fiction. Consider this novel in terms of its genre, identifying the fictional elements that are "science fictional" or speculative, and determining how Wells used speculative elements to craft a sharp critique of his own time. Be sure to include specific textual examples.

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