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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 color eyes do the Morlocks have, according to the Time Traveler's first impressions?

2. To what "zoological" specimen does the Time Traveler compare the color of the Morlocks' bodies?

3. The Time Traveler recognizes the landscape of the Eloi as the valley of what river from his own time?

4. To which room do the men retire to hear the Time Traveler's story?

5. What does the first Eloi appear to be wearing on his feet?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, according to the Time Traveler, is the Fourth Dimension overlooked?

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. Why does the Time Traveler take the lever out of the time machine when he lands in the far future?

4. Why are the characters primarily represented by the name of their profession rather than their actual names?

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

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

7. What are the Eloi doing when the Time Traveler first enters the great hall?

8. Describe the final creature the Time Traveler observes, in the farthest future time period he travels to (30 million years in the future).

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

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Even though Weena seems to be a main character, she is someone without language, someone with little agency, and is not even human. Explain the ways in which Wells characterizes Weena and determine the specific strategies he employs to distance her from the reader. What ideas does her characterization dramatize? What does she "represent" and do you consider her a main or major character in this novel? 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 features both a narrator, who tells the story to the reader, and an internal narrator--the Time Traveler--who relates his story to the narrator. Analyze the narrative strategies Wells uses to tell this story, including specific analysis of voice, distance, and access to and flow of information. Be sure to consider the issue of reliability on the part of both of the narrators: does the reader believe the narrator? Does the narrator believe the Time Traveler? What kinds of proof and evidence does each provide? Who has access to what kinds of information.

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