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

2. Whom did the narrator meet on Friday at the Linnaeum?

3. In Chapter 3, which of the following things is wrong with the time machine when the Time Traveler returns?

4. Which character is described in Chapter 2 as having "more than a touch of whim among his elements"?

5. Which part of the Time Traveler's body has a half-healed cut on it when he returns to the second dinner?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the Editor and the Journalist think about the story the guests relate about the model time machine?

2. 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?

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

4. What finally convinces the narrator himself of the truth of the Time Traveler's story at the end of the novel?

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

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. Describe the point of view of the book's first two chapters.

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

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

A major theme of this novel is entropy and decay over time and as a result of social Darwinism, or social pressures that result in changes. Define what you think the terms entropy and decay mean in terms of this novel and contextualize your analysis with examples from the book. You should be sure to consider entropy and decay in terms of the several major fictional strategies (setting, characterization, plot, language, dialogue, etc.)

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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