Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz 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 estimate he has traveled to before he actually reports what exact year the machine recorded?
2. How did he find out her name was Weena?
3. What is the term for a problem in time travel or a contradiction of the timeline mentioned by the Psychologist in Chapter 1?
4. Which character suggests that, in the future, time travelers might encounter communist societies?
5. What does the Time Traveler judge his pace in the machine to be?
Short Essay Questions
1. In addition to the flowers, what other piece of tangible, physical evidence seems to offer some proof to the dinner guests that the Time Traveler may have actually traveled in time?
2. Why does the Time Traveler think the Morlocks started eating Eloi?
3. What do the people the Time Traveler meets in the far future in Chapter 3 look like?
4. What are some of the reasons the Time Traveler is beginning to think of the future as a Golden Age or utopia, in Chapter 5?
5. Inside the dark tunnel he explores in the Palace, the Time Traveler finds a carcass. What is it and what does this carcass foreshadow?
6. What do the Editor and the Journalist think about the story the guests relate about the model time machine?
7. What leads the Time Traveler to believe that his time machine has been taken into the White Sphinx?
8. What does the Time Traveler discover about the Morlocks that allows him to escape the three of them in the tunnel?
9. Why does the Time Traveler feel instinctual hatred for and fear of the Morlocks?
10. Describe the Time Traveler's appearance when he suddenly arrives during the second dinner.
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.
Both the Eloi and the Morlock live in communist societies. Describe what makes these societies "communist" or communal, using textual examples. Determine what you think Wells's opinions of communism might have been. What do you think he wanted his readers to think and feel about communism?
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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