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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chapters XI, XII
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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters XI, XII
IN YOUR HEAD
- What is the first sensation experienced by the creature that he describes as “pleasant”? He heard the sound of birds singing.
- What does the creature first eat for food? The creature eats berries that he found in the forest.
- What is the result of the first human contact the creature made? He encountered a shepherd in a hut. The shepherd shrieked in terror and ran away, leaving the hut to the creature.
- Where does the creature finally find shelter? In a shed attached to a cottage.
- How is the creature able to learn about the family? He observes them through a chink in the wall, allowing him to peer inside their cottage.
- What about the family appeals most to the creature? He was attracted by their quiet manners, a marked contrast to the abuse he suffered at the hands of the villagers.
- What did the creature observe first as a cause for the cottagers’ unhappiness? He saw that they were sorrowful over the effects of their extreme poverty.
- What caused the creature to stop taking food from the cottagers? He saw how little food they had, so he went back to getting food from the forest.
- How did the creature help the cottagers? He brought them firewood, which he surprised them with each morning.
- What did the creature learn were the names of the two younger cottagers? Their names were Felix and Agnes, brother and sister.
THINK AND SEARCH
- How did the creature develop his senses? At first all was chaos, merely shadows and light. Eventually he began to distinguish between heat and cold, and to identify different sounds, such as the songs of the birds.
- Where did the creature find clothes? The creature took some clothing from Victor’s apartment, but it was inadequate for winter. Eventually he found an abandoned cloak in the forest.
- How did the creature provide food for himself? At first he ate berries, nuts, and roots he found in the forest. Later he began to take food from people’s houses.
- How did the creature find out that the cottagers were unhappy? He noticed that they often went off to weep, which he eventually discovered was caused by their poverty.
- What family practice most intrigued the creature? The creature was very interested in their reading, but knew he must have a greater command of language before he could learn to read.
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Shelley use the creation account in Genesis as a model for creature’s coming to awareness? Shelley uses the same sequence as related in Genesis 1. At first all was chaos, then there was light. Eventually there was darkness. Then the creature walked on dry ground to find water. Next he found plants for food, followed by bird of the are and animals that creep on the ground. Finally he encountered man.
- How does Shelley portray the creature as “born good”? The creature feels the suffering of injustice on himself. In the case of the cottagers, he with tenderness works to ease their unhappiness. He is touched by the love of the cottagers exhibited toward each other.
- How does Shelley have the creature exemplify the theory that humans are born to learn in a natural educational environment? Shelley shows the creature’s natural curiosity, which leads him to want to learn things like reading in an unstructured, noncoersive environment.
ON YOUR OWN
- Are people “born good”? Is good and evil a learning process? If so, who decides what is to be classified as “good” or “evil”? Discuss this topic, using general examples or personal experience. Student responses will vary.
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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 XI, XII). 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.