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. Which character says, in Chapter 12, "What a pity it is you're not a writer of stories!"?

2. Why does the Time Traveler keep the camphor he finds?

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. 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?

5. When the Time Traveler returns home in Chapter 12, even he himself wonders if the whole experience was just a what?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

While this novel is considered a foundational example of the science fiction genre, Wells grounds it in actual science. Interpret the various roles "real" or actual science plays in this narrative, including a discussion of both the scientific issues discussed in the beginning of the novel as well as the scientific understanding of the world the Time Traveler uses in the future and returns to his own time with. Be sure to discuss the specific ways Wells and his characters employ science in the service of fiction.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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