Study Guide Questions (Frankenstein)

1. Who is the author of the letters and who is the recipient? Robert Walton is the author and his sister Margret Saville is the recipient.
2. What is the author of the letters writing about? The author of the letters is writing about how he is lonely and seeks a male companion. In addition to this he tells Mrs. Saville about how he is going to the North Pole by boat.
3. What did the stranger answer when asked about his predicament? When asked about his predicament the stranger says he wishes “to seek the one who fled me.”
4. How does Walton feel about the stranger? Walton is intrigued and excited by the stranger. He admires him deeply and wishes to become friends with him.
5. What literary allusion is found in these first pages? The allusion found in these first pages is to the poem Ancient Mariner.
Who is telling this part of the story? During Chapter one doctor Frankenstein has been telling the story but it is Walton who has wrote it all down.
2. How did the Frankensteins treat Victor when he was a child? Frankenstein states the he had a great life when he was a child and was spoiled compared to those around him.
3. How did Elizabeth come to live with the Frankensteins? Victors parents adopted Elizabeth from the people in a poor village who had been given to her by a wealthy Milan family.
4. Who was Victor’s close boyhood friend? Henry Clerval is Victor’s friend.
5. What natural phenomena influenced Victor when he was young? The destruction of a tree in his front yard by lighting is what influenced Victor.
6. How did Victor’s mother die and what does this say about her role as a mother? Victors mother died from scarlet fever after nursing Elizabeth when she was sick with it. This shows that his mother was very loving and cared quit deeply for both her son and Elizabeth as before she died she told them to get married.
7. When at the University of Ingolstadt, what goal did Frankenstein device for himself? At Ingolstadt Frankenstein devised that he would reanimate a lifeless body.
8. How did Frankenstein react when his experiment succeeded? Frankenstein was horrified and disgusted with his creation. His immediate reaction was to runaway from his creation to pace around his room.
9. How did Victor spend the night after bringing the creature to life? Victor spent his night with nightmares and took refuge from him in the courtyard and the woods.
10. What happened to Victor after the night of the creation and who cared for him Frankenstein fell into a nervous fever in which his childhood best friend, Henry Clerval, nursed him.
What did Elizabeth say about Justine in her letter to Victor? Elizabeth said that Justine’s mother treated her poorly so their aunt convinced her to live with the Frankenstein’s and tells him that she has returned due to her mothers death.
2. After his recuperation, what did Victor decide to study alongside Clerval? Victor decided to study Language alongside Clerval.
3. What news does a letter from Frankenstein’s father bring? Frankenstein’s father tells him that William has been murdered.
4. When returning to Geneva what does Victor see just outside the gates? He see’s his monster in a flash of lightning.
5. Who is accused of murdering William, and why? Justine is accused of murdering William because a maid finds a picture of his mother in her pocket which is what the murder stole.
6. How did Frankenstein react to this accusation? Frankenstein didn’t believe that it was Justine and felt guilty as he knew the true murderer was his monster.
7. What happened to Justine? Justine was pressured to confess to the crime and died after being found guilty for the crime.
8. What was Frankenstein’s state of mind after the trial? Where did he go? Frankenstein was filled with remorse because he feels guilty for his monsters murders thus he went to the alpine mountains.
What was the creature’s reaction upon learning that the cottagers left? The creature went from having a little hope to being in complete despair and soon wanted to take revenge on Frankenstein.
2. How did the creature exact his revenge when he arrived in Geneva? The creature extracted his revenge by killing Victor’s brother William.
3. Why did the creature frame Justine for William’s murder? The creature framed Justine because she was beautiful unlike him and someone as beautiful as Justine could never love someone as despised and hated as him.
4. What did the creature ask of Frankenstein to settle the “debt” he owed him? The creature asked Frankenstein to create him a female companion.
5. What is Frankenstein’s answer to the creature’s request and what is his reasoning? Frankenstein agrees to the creatures request to create him a companion because the creature promises to dwell away from the rest of mankind and because he feels some compassion for the creature.
6. When Frankenstein destroyed the work he had begun on the female, what threat did the creature leave with his master? The creature told Frankenstein he would be with him on his wedding night and that he will make Frankenstein miserable and wretched.
7. What happened to Frankenstein when he returned to shore with his boat? When he returned to shore with his boat Frankenstein was looked down upon and told to see the magistrate as the people of the town thought he was a murderer.
Who was Victor accused of murdering? Victor was accused of murdering Henrey Clerval.
2. What happened at Frankenstein’s trial? Victor was declared innocent at his trial.
3. What happened to Clerval? Clerval was murdered by Frankenstein’s creature.
4. What happened on Victor’s and Elizabeth’s wedding night? On Victor’s wedding night the monster came and killed Elizabeth.
5. What happened to Victor’s father, Alphonse, as a result of this tragedy? As a result of Elizabeth’s death Victor’s father died from the horror and shock of his now two dead children.
6. What request did Victor make of Robert Walton? Victor asks Walton to, if he ever crosses paths with him to kill him, if Victor dies before completing this task.
7. What happened to Frankenstein at the end of the novel? Frankenstein died from his fever and delirium and the strength he before possessed was now gone.
8. What happened to the creature at the end of the novel? At the end of the novel Frankenstein’s creature promised to go far north and create a funeral pile for him to die in.
1) After having answered the questions above, determine if the creature is a “friend” or “fiend” (good or evil). 2) Look at your answers and select two or three really good reasons why you believe the creature to be good or evil. (You must choose one.) 3) Then, follow the process on the next page in order to organize your ideas in a well-developed paragraph. The malignity found deep inside the Monster is what makes him a fiend although in the beginning he could have been a friend. 1. In the end the Creature recognizes that what he has done is wrong and that he can’t stop himself.2. He killed all of Victors friends3. He lit DeLacey’s house on fire.
In what ways is he like any human being? In what ways is he different? The creature is like any human being in the fact that he had to learn from other like a baby would. In addition to this the monster seeks a companion or just anyone to love him. He is different because he is gigantic in stature and was not born but created.
What does he want most in life? Why does his goal seem unattainable? The creature wants to be loved and a companion the most in life. This goal seems unattainable as every human the creature comes across hates him and Frankenstein destroyed the creatures companion he was working on.
How have the creature’s experiences shaped his opinion of himself? Does he have the potential for good as well as evil? To whom does he compare himself and why? Since the monster has only been rejected by humans he thinks of them cruel and unfair due to the fact that he has only been, most times, unfairly rejected by mankind. Yes, the monster does have potential for good as well as evil. The monster tells his story of saving the girl from drowning and how he helped the DeLacey’s with their chores. However, we also know the fact he killed all of Frankenstein’s friends and family.

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