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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 does the Time Traveler notice about Eloi gender roles?

2. Where does the Time Traveler store the object(s) he removes from the time machine?

3. What are the Eloi's tables made of?

4. What color is the first Eloi's tunic?

5. What does the Time Traveler describe the first Eloi he sees as?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

4. What is one possible reason the Time Traveler postulates for the physical changes from humans to Eloi?

5. When the Time Traveler sees the Morlocks for the first time, what does he notice about them and what conclusions about evolution does he draw?

6. 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?

7. What are the physical attributes of the Eloi the Time Traveler describes? What are their features like?

8. How does the forest fire start?

9. When the Time Traveler started the fire, was his response to the danger of the Morlocks instinctual or intellectual? Explain your claim.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The role of food in this novel is significant, both in terms of conflict structure and in terms of the play of ideas. Describe the ways this novel thematizes the idea of food, eating, sustenance, and survival. Consider 1) the meals in the frame narrative, 2) the "cannibalism" represented by the Morlocks, and 3) the food eaten by the Eloi.

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

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?

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