Frankenstein study guide questions for students

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2. Explain why Victor destroys the creature he is forming. 3. Examine how the creature conveys the power he believes he has over Victor. 4. Infer what the monster means when he tells Victor, “I shall be with you on your wedding-night.” 5. Generalize how Victor feels after the monster threatens him. 6. Evaluate Victor’s decision not to create a female monster. Do you think he is making the right decision? Why or why not? 7. What does Victor do with the remains of the female creature? 8. Describe what Victor does when he becomes tired while sailing. 9. Predict why the people in the village think Victor is responsible for the death of a gentleman in the town.
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Chapter Twenty-One 1. How does the dead body’s appearance relate its cause of death? 2. Summarize why the townspeople think Victor is the murderer. 3. Who has been murdered? 4. Show how Victor responds to Clerval’s death upon seeing his body and how he behaves while in jail. 5. Explain how Mr. Kirwin helps Victor. 6. Formulate what “destiny of the most horrible kind” Victor thinks “hangs over” him. (179) 7. Explain how Victor is acquitted of Clerval’s murder. How long was Victor incarcerated? 8. Discuss Victor’s emotional response to his acquittal. Chapter Twenty-Two 1. Examine Victor’s assertion, “William, Justine, and Henry—they all died by my hands.” (183) 2. Discuss the meaning of Victor telling his father, “A thousand times would I have shed my own blood, drop by drop, to have saved their lives; but I could not, my father, indeed I could not sacrifice the whole human race.” (184) 3. Show why Elizabeth thinks Victor is depressed and troubled. 4. Infer what Victor thinks will occur between him and the monster on his wedding- night. What other outcomes does Victor fail to consider? 5. Devise a plan for Victor to tell Elizabeth about the monster. 6. Predict what Victor foreshadows in his comment, “But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim.” (189) 7. Tell how Victor tries to protect himself from the monster. Chapter Twenty-Three 1. How does Shelley utilize nature to foreshadow ominous happenings at the beginning of this chapter? 2. Describe how the monster is with Victor on his wedding-night. 3. Show how Elizabeth’s death intensifies Victor’s concern for his other loved ones. 4. How does the creature inadvertently kill Alphonse Frankenstein? 5. Formulate how Elizabeth and Alphonse’s deaths change Victor’s focus in life. 6. Explain why the magistrate does not think that he can offer much help to Victor.
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7. Assess how Victor’s comment that the creature “may be hunted like the chamois, and destroyed as a beast of prey” relates to his perception of his creation.
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