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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chapters XV, XVI
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IN YOUR HEAD
- What is in the portmanteau that the creature values? The portmanteau contains clothes but, most importantly, books, which the creature is able to read.
- Which book does the creature most identify with in regards to his own feelings? The Sorrows of Werther
- Which book leads him to desire virtue and abhor vice? Plutarch’s Lives
- Which characters in Paradise Lost does the creature most identify with? Both Adam and Satan
- What does the creature find in the coat pocket that leads him to curse his creator? He finds Victor’s journal containing an account of his making of the creature.
- To whom does the creature first reveal himself? He first reveals himself to DeLacey.
- What is the reaction of Safie, Agatha, and Felix when they find the creature in their cottage? Safie runs away, Agatha screams in terror, and Felix beats him with a stick.
- What does the creature do in revenge for the DeLaceys’ rejection? He burns their home to the ground.
- Why was the creature shot? The creature was shot because he rescued a girl from drowning.
- What was the creature’s original intention in approaching William? The creature planned to take William and raise him as a companion.
THINK AND SEARCH
- Describe how the creature changed as a result of reading the three books. The creature expanded his understanding of morality and virtue. He learned the difference between good and evil, especially applied to himself and his situation.
- Why does the creature decide that DeLacey would be the best one to reveal himself to? DeLacey was blind and so would not judge on outward appearance.
- What is DeLacey’s reaction to the creature? DeLacey is sympathetic to his troubles and is encouraging to him.
- How does the creature learn that the DeLaceys are leaving the cottagepermanently? When the creature returns to the cottage to try a different approach to befriending the DeLaceys, he overhears Felix talking to the landlord.
- How long had the creature been at the DeLaceys’? About one year
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Shelley use the creature’s reading to show him as a moral being? Shelley shows that, through his understanding of his reading, the creature is drawn to accounts of virtue and goodness. He readily understands how destructive evil can be, and he initially vows to live a life of virtue.
- How does Shelley show the shallowness of physical attractiveness in these chapters? The creature approaches DeLacey, who has not concept of beauty because of his blindness. He must judge the quality of a person’s soul through conversation and compassion, as he does in the case of the creature.
- How does Shelley show the evil is learned through society? The creature consistently is rejected as he shows compassion to others. Society’s only response is to attack those who are different, while ignoring their benevolent actions.
ON YOUR OWN
- Does consistent rejection and attack justify revenge? What should be an individual’s response be to repeated injustice? Discuss this topic, using general examples and personal experience. Student responses will vary.
About this Document
Using the QAR (Question-Answer-Relationship) method of questioning, readers will access all levels of thinking and critical analysis to comprehend and analyze Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein" (Chapters XV, XVI). Beginning with lower level factual questioning, readers will gradually move up into higher levels of thinking. Short answer, paragraph-writing, and essay-writing are used to complete these questions.