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The Time Machine Teaching Unit
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- A major theme in this novel is that the continued exploitation of the masses by the aristocracy will result in disaster for everyone. Cite and compare actual historical events with the events in the story to support this thesis.
- Discuss Wells’ philosophical view on evolution. How and why does evolution take place?
- Wells maintains that eventually humans will subdue nature. Define what he means by that, and give examples from the book to support your interpretation.
- For science fiction stories to work, writers must convince us that what they describe is possible; that is, that there exists an element of verisimilitude. In the fi rst chapter, how does Wells convince readers to suspend their disbelief in regards to the time machine?
- Discuss the two points of view in this story, and detail why and where each one is used.
- Literature is said to be timeless, because it deals with ideas of a permanent interest. Identify and discuss the ideas that make The Time Machine a literary classic.
- Identify the ways in which power and fear affect the characters in this book. Cite examples from the story to demonstrate how Wells weaves the two concepts together throughout the novel.
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students; questions suitable for essay topics or discussion; vocabulary lists; multiple-choice and essay test with answer key; introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.