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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. Of what material does the Sphinx appear to be made?

2. What is the Fourth Dimension?

3. Why is it dark in the room where the men hear the Time Traveler's story?

4. In what type of clothing is the group of figures the Time Traveler sees clad?

5. What best describes the "prettiness" of the Eloi, when the Time Traveler first meets them?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does the Time Traveler do with the white flowers Weena picked?

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

4. What does the Time Traveler discover when, at sunset, he goes to find a place to live on his first day in the future?

5. What happens to Weena in the forest fire?

6. What kind of food does the Time Traveler particularly crave when he returns?

7. What is the narrator's outlook on the future at the end of the novel?

8. Where (in terms of to which time period/what kind of time period) does the narrator assume that the Time Traveler has traveled to at the end of the novel?

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

10. What does the Time Traveler find in the hall labeled Chemistry and how does it help him?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Critics have argued that Wells's predictions in this novel were intended to warn Victorian England about the growing social inequities between the working poor and the wealthy elite classes and what might happen if this trajectory did not change. Describe, using textual examples, the ways Wells's text lends itself to this interpretation. Then, offer your opinion; to what extent was Wells attempting to warn his society? Are there other interpretations these critics should consider? Do you think anyone heeded these warnings? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

This novel relies on systems of symbols, one of which is the use of light and dark. What ideas, feelings, and conflicts are symbolized by light, and which by dark? On the language level, what are the major strategies Wells uses to convey these symbols? Be sure to consider setting, characterization, figurative language, dialogue, point of view, etc.

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