The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

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Chapters 1 and 2

  • What, specifically, is the setting of the first chapter. Be as exact as you can by finding clues in the reading.
  • How does the Time Traveller (TT) explain the Fourth Dimension?
  • According to the Medical Man, how is the Fourth Dimension different from the other three?
  • Which character is the argumentative redhead?
  • How large was the first time machine shown to the men? What happened to it?
  • Which character, besides the TT is late for dinner? Why do you think that was accepted?
  • How do the other characters know that the TT has been detained?
  • What kind of food does the TT crave? Any thoughts on WHY?
  • What are the three conditions the TT sets before he will tell his story?
  • Why do you think the men do not have specific names, but are called the “medical man,” the “newspaperman”, etc?

Chapters 3 and 4

  • What happens when the TT finally stops the machine?
  • Where did he land?
  • Describe the weather as the TT “lands”?
  • What did the TT do to be sure that the little people would not tamper with or damage his Time Machine?
  • In approximately what year had the TT landed?
  • Describe the little people and their appetites, appearances, etc.
  • After eating dinner, what did the TT attempt to learn about his hosts?
  • On his after dinner walk, what did the TT notice about his surroundings?

Chapter 5

  • Returning from his long walk, what causes the TT to panic? Why?
  • What does the TT think as he bangs his fist on the pedestal of the Sphinx?
  • How does the TT make a new friend? Who is this friend?
  • What lesson does the TT learn from his new friend?
  • What does the T call the people from the lower world?

Chapters 6 & 7

  • Describe the TT's descent into the well. Try to use all the senses.
  • What does he do when he realizes that a soft hand is touching him?
  • Why is the TT unable to speak to the Morlocks using the language that he has learned from Weena?
  • Explain how the TT makes the realization that the Morlocks are carnivorous.
  • What piece of equipment does the TT wish he had thought to bring with him into the future? Why would that have helped him?
  • Faced with the Morlocks, what does the TT decide he needs to make and/or find for himself?
  • Where does the TT decide to go after he returns to Weena? Why?
  • Reclining under the stars, what realization does the TT make about the relationship of the Eloi and the Morlocks?

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For students to use while reading the novel. It keeps students focused and provides good review questions for overall novel evaluation.