The Time Machine Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 11, in the even farther future, what characterizes the oceans?

2. In the forest in Chapter 7, whom does Wells describe as the "dainty ones"?

3. When the Time Traveler sees the river and estuary from the point of view of the Palace of Green Porcelain, what does he think of for the first time?

4. To what far future creature does the following description apply: "its many legs moving slowly and uncertainly, its big claws swaying, its long antennae like carters' whips"?

5. When the Time Traveler and Weena are seeking refuge in the Palace of Green Porcelain, what is remarkable about the statue of the faun they find on their way?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Wells imagines a future where humanity has evolved into two separate and symbiotic species. Discuss, in detail, the biological differences Wells predicted and how selection (that is, evolutionary process) led to these differences. Be sure to use specific examples from the novel that show the "devolution" Wells has predicted and how the Time Traveler imagines it happened. While Wells may have considered this evolution "devolution," what do you think? Is this long-term view of humanity necessarily as negative as Wells's character seems to think? Why or why not?

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