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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Chapters XXI, XXII
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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters XXI, XXII
IN YOUR HEAD
- What evidence makes Victor think that the creature may be the murderer? Victor hears that there are marks of strangling on the victim’s neck, which reminds him of William’s murder.
- Who was the murder victim? The murdered gentleman was Henry Clerval.
- What is Victor’s reaction after he cries out a seeming confession? Victor goes into convulsions and is bedridden for two months with a fever.
- When Victor awakes from his illness, where does he find himself? Victor finds himself in a prison.
- Who is the only person who has shown Victor kindness? Mr. Kirwin, the magistrate, alone of the people has shown Victor kindness, by providing him the best room in the prison, as well as the physician and nurse.
- Whom does Mr. Kirwin announce has come to visit Victor? Mr. Kirwin tells Victor that his father has arrived from Switzerland to see him.
- Where do Victor and has father stop when Victor has something of a relapse? The father and son stop at Paris until Victor can regain his health.
- In her letter to Victor, what is Elizabeth concerned about in regards to his continued melancholy? Elizabeth fears that, as Victor’s father feared before he left for England, Victor does not really want to marry her. She thinks he may love her as a sister, but feels bound to marry her because that has been his parents’ wish since their childhood.
- When Victor continues to have fits of deep depression on his return to Geneva, who is the only person who can draw him out of them? Elizabeth is the sole member of the family who can ease the pangs of Victor’s depression.
- Where do Victor and Elizabeth plan to spend their honeymoon? The couple will go to Elizabeth’s property, Villa Larenza, immediately after the wedding.
THINK AND SEARCH
- How does Victor incriminate himself in the murder? He becomes clearly agitated when he hears about the strangling. Even more, when he identifies the victim, he cries out, “ Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life? Two I have already destroyed, other victims away their destiny: but you, Clerval, my friend, my benefactor—.”
- Describe Victor’s trial before the assizes. It was decided that Victor did not have to appear before the court, as it was not a life and death trial. With Mr. Kirwin acting as his counsel, Victor was shown to be innocent (evidence was provided that placed him on the island at the time of the murder) and release from prison.
- How does Victor’s attitude change after his release from prison? Victor’s attitude doesn’t change at all. To him, a prison or a palace is the same. This crushing weight is pressing him down, and it will not disappear until either the creature or himself is no more. He tries to commit suicide several times, and constant attendance is required.
- What is Victor’s father’s fear concerning son, as Victor repeatedly blames himself for the deaths of William, Justine, and Henry? Victor’s father fears that Victor is going mad, since he sees no reasonable answer to Victor’s belief that he is guilty of these deaths.
- Why is Elizabeth melancholy at her wedding? Victor believes that Elizabeth’s darkened spirit is due to thoughts of what he might tell her after their wedding, though he knows she cannot truly know what he plans to tell her.
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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 XXI, XXII). 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.