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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 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.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

This novel has a unique narrative shape, especially in terms of character and conflict. Consider the conflict structure and the extent to which a reader should consider the Morlocks the antagonists of the novel. What role do they play in intensifying the conflict? If they are the antagonists, who--or what--is the protagonist(s)? What ideas about humanity do these Morlocks embody, and how does that influence your analysis of them as antagonists?

Essay Topic 3

While some critics argue that the Morlocks represent the future of the working class and the Eloi the future of the elite classes, there are also many other characters in the novel who actually are middle and upper class. Describe briefly the analysis of social power dynamics represented by the science fiction elements evidence in the Morlock and the Eloi. Then consider two or three of the characters who are middle class--the Time Traveler, the Medical Man, the Editor, or the Psychologist--and analyze to what extent these characters offer a critique of their own on the social class they represent. You may also consider, if you wish, why none of the onscreen characters are representative of the working class.

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