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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 year does the Time Traveler say the dials on his machine recorded?

2. Which of the following dinner guests was at the second dinner, but NOT at the first?

3. What year does the Time Traveler estimate he has traveled to before he actually reports what exact year the machine recorded?

4. What does the Time Traveler judge his pace in the machine to be?

5. Where does the Time Traveler live?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Inside the dark tunnel he explores in the Palace, the Time Traveler finds a carcass. What is it and what does this carcass foreshadow?

3. Why does the Time Traveler think the Morlocks started eating Eloi?

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

5. What makes The Time Traveler push the lever again and leave the time period with the two creatures and the large, red sun?

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

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

8. Why does the Time Traveler eventually stop the machine?

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

10. Why does the Time Traveler begin to share the Eloi's fear of the dark?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One feature of the science fiction genre is "world-building," which describes the ways an author establishes a specific and believable setting with rules of its own. One example of Wells's world-building is his extensive imaginings of Eloi culture. Describe the rules of Eloi culture, show how Wells tries to convince the reader of this culture, and examine the extent to which his fictional Eloi culture is believable, in terms of the novel. You will also want to consider the ideas dramatized by these characters and the setting established by their culture.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

One of the most prominent symbolic systems Wells employs in this novel is the relationship between the Eloi and the Morlock. Define and describe this relationship, using examples from the text. Be sure to include the way it works on a literal level as well as on a symbolic one.

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