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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chapters XVII, XVIII
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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters XVII, XVIII
- What did the creature want Victor to do for him? The creature wanted Victor to build a mate for him.
- Where does the creature promise to go if Victor meets his demands? The creature promises to go to South America.
- What is Victor’s decision concerning the creature’s demands? Victor agrees to create a woman for him.
- Why does Victor delay making a second creature? Victor feels he does not have the courage.
- How does Victor’s health change after meeting with the creature? His health improves remarkable, which pleases his family.
- To what country does Victor go in order to learn more about creating a mate for the creature? Victor decides to go to England.
- According to his father’s plans, what will Victor do on his return from England? Victor will marry Elizabeth.
- What companion goes with Victor to England? Henry Clerval accompanies Victor to England.
- Where does Henry join Victor? He joins Victor in Strasbourg, Switzerland.
- How do the two friends travel to Rotterdam? Victor and Henry go by boat down the Rhine.
THINK AND SEARCH
- Why is it necessary for Victor to go to England? There is a philosopher there whose work may help him create a mate for the creature.
- What is the deal the creature makes with Victor? If Victor will make him a female companion, the creature and she will go to South America and never again have contact with any human beings.
- Why does Victor’s father think Victor is so melancholy? He thinks that Victor feels he is being forced into marrying Elizabeth when perhaps he thinks of her only as a sister.
- Why does Victor inwardly resist the idea of marriage? Victor feels that he cannot marry until he has rid himself of the creature and the threat he poses to his loved ones.
- How do Elizabeth and Victor’s father manipulate him out of their concern for him? They arrange for Henry Clerval to go with Victor to England, for they fear his going alone.
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Shelley show that Victor is not so insensitive to the creature as he appears? She states that Victor has some compassion for the creature, that he can understand his loneliness in his rejection, even while he himself is the one rejecting him.
- How does Shelley show that the creature has given up the idea of any kind of coexistence with humans? After all the rejection and injustices he suffers at the hands of humans, the creature demands someone like himself—non-human—and vows to quit human society forever.
- How does Shelley foreshadow a coming tragedy for Henry? Shelley has Victor ponder whether Henry’s mind still exists, insinuating that his body is no more. There is an air of loss in Victor’s thoughts as he contemplates the indestructibility of the human mind.
ON YOUR OWN
- Is companionship truly necessary true happiness? What would life be like totally alone?What benefits and drawbacks are there in a solitary life? Discuss this topic, using general examples and personal experiences. 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 XVII, XVIII). 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.