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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters V, VI
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Victor describe the creature when it first comes to life? He describes it as beautiful.
- How long had it taken Victor to build the creature? Two years
- After his initial response to the creature’s appearance, how did Victor react to the accomplishment of his goal? He rushed out of the room in horror and disgust.
- Who arrives at Ingolstadt the morning after the creature came to life? Henry Clerval, who has come to study at the university after all
- What is Henry forced to do immediately after his arrival? He has to take care of Victor, who falls into a nervous fever for several months.
- From whom does Victor receive a letter after his long illness? Elizabeth
- Who is Ernest? Victor’s sixteen-year-old brother
- Who is Justine? A servant of the Frankensteins, whom Victor’s mother rescued from an abusive home
- Who is William? Victor’s youngest brother
- How does Victor finally regain his health? He and Henry go on a walking tour.
THINK AND SEARCH
- Describe the creature’s physical appearance. Eight feet tall, yellow skin, long black hair, very pale eyes, black lips
- Describe the process of Victor’s recovery. His is ill for several months, cared for by Henry. He is confined in-doors throughout the winter and early spring. After he receives a letter from Elizabeth, he ventures out, going on a walking tour with Henry.
- What is the creature’s reaction to Victor? He just looks at him, reaching out to him and trying to speak.
- In what ways does Henry show the depths of his friendship? He postpones his studies to care for Victor. He is concerned by Victor’s troubled nature and inner turmoil, but does not force him to talk about it.
- How does Victor’s academic experience change? He avoids M. Waldman and is viewed more positively by M. Krempe. He turns away from natural science and studies oriental languages with Henry.
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Shelley focus the story on relationships rather than science or nature, concerning the creature’s coming to life? Shelley doesn’t describe the scientific process by which the creature was brought to life. Rather, she focuses on Victor’s and the creature’s emotional response to each other, revulsion for the former, and curiosity for the latter.
- Why might Shelley have used a prolonged illness, in a sense, to separate Victor from the creature? She wanted Victor to get some perspective on it and recover, so that when the creature reappears, it was start the horror fresh. Also, she wanted the creature to develop apart from Victor, to make him more independent from his creator.
- Why does Shelley bring Henry and Elizabeth back into the story? Shelley wanted to reintroduce friendship to Victor’s life. He has been isolated from everyone, and she needs to bring the story back around to relationships among living human beings, to later portray the creature as a person whom Victor must respond to.
ON YOUR OWN
- Why is it so difficult for us to accept responsibility for what we have done? Why do we run away from the consequences of our own bad judgment? Using general examples or personal experience, discuss the consequences of not facing up to our choices.
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 V, VI). 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.