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H. G. Wells




Using the information gained from reading the web pages and correctly answering the questions, please answer the following question: What information about Herbert George Wells can be related to the types of literature that he has written?
Note: Please write in complete sentences for the sake of the teacher. ;]
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1. What fueled the young mind of Herbert George Wells though he forced to become an apprentice as a draper?

2. After being dismissed from his apprenticeship in Windsor, what job did Wells do next?
3. What school did Wells win a scholarship to at the age 18, and to study what?
4. Who was the famous biology teacher that Hebert George Wells learned under?
5. What was the first science fiction novel that Wells had published, and in what year?
6. From which novel written by H. G. Wells did the image of the Martian pass into popular mythology?


1. Name the inventions H. G. Wells has added into the science fiction genre.

2. Wells’ description of "an almost noiseless and blinding flash of light.” is a fairly similar description to what current modern invention?
3. What is another one of Wells’ now real concepts?
4. How has this idea come into reality today?
5. How was Wells’ written version of an automatic door more complicated than today’s automatic doors? (Hint: Oltion explains this very well.)
6. Give an example of how Wells’ was a critic to his own place and era.


1. Why was T. H. Huxley an important person in Wells’ life?

2. What was the title of Wells’ major essay on science that was published in The Fortnightly Review, and in what year?
3. As H. G. Wells became popular in the United States, which magazines published his works?
4. Wells’ non-fiction books about politics, technology and the future impressed the leaders of what socialist group?
5. What did Wells try to do once he became a member of the Fabian Society? Why did this fail?
6. A Modern Utopia was written in support of Wells’ campaign for socialism. What did this novel express for Wells?


1. How does Wells attack the growing class disparity in his native Britain, and in what novel?

2. What were weapons that Wells foresaw the use of in modern battlefields?
3. In what novel does Wells accurately prophesize the advent of the atomic bomb, and in what year?
4. What are scientists doing today that Wells prophesized about in The Island of Dr. Moreau? (Don’t forget to explain how!)
5. What warning is given in Wells’ predictions?
6. Why would over one hundred women sleep with Herbert George Wells? (Answer this appropriately, if possible.)


1. What did Wells dabble in before regularly selling his stories?

2. What was “The Chronic Argonauts” and how did it relate to Wells’ The Time Machine?
3. What are two central themes in The Time Machine that run through Wells’ future work?
4. Give an example of one of the two above themes in the novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.
5. Why was Wells initially enthusiastic about the actuality of WWI?
6. Wells’ enthusiastic point of view about WWI was expressed in what 1916 novel?


1. What past jobs of H. G. Wells relate to his love of writing and literature?

2. How many works did Wells publish after becoming a full time writer in 1895?
3. What two novels did Wells write that depicted parts of his youth and in what years were they published?
4. Wells often expressed his views in thesis novels. Name three of his thesis novels and explain what they expressed/depicted.
5. What two volume historical work did Wells write after being deeply affected by WWI?
6. Why do some critics believe that Wells was in despair at the end of his life? (Give an example as well!)

**Navigation: After question #3, scroll to the bottom of the article and click on page 2. There you can finish answering the questions.**


1. How does Herbert George Wells’ sickly childhood relate to his love of literature?

2. What did Wells discover at his mother’s workplace that also furthered his interest in literature? (Please include the authors as well.)
3. What did Wells learn about in the Normal School of Science while also devoting much of his time to becoming a writer?
4. Name one of Wells’ works in which he explored issues of social class and economic disparity.
5. In what way did Wells try to advance his political ideas in reality? What happened?
6. What, in your opinion, made Wells an astonishing novelist?


1. What incident rooted Wells with radical ideas? What did his readings open his eyes to?

2. How did the influence of T. H. Huxley help define Wells’ radicalism into a definite shape?
3. The reform of what system became a leading issue for Wells after concluding that he could not teach science without destroying its social implications?
4. Why had Wells been able to articulate the hopes and aspirations of the middle class?
5. Why didn’t the aristocracy accept Wells as one of them?
6. What did Wells view as “his kind”?

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