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QAR Questions for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Chs. III, IV
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QAR QUESTIONS FOR Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley Chapters III, IV
IN YOUR HEAD
- What was the cause of Mrs. Frankenstein’s death? Scarlet fever contracted from Elizabeth.
- Why didn’t Henry Clerval go with Victor to the University at Ingolstadt? Henry’s father refused permission.
- What was M. Krempe’s opinion of Victor’s fascination with alchemy? He considered it a complete waste of time.
- Who inspired Victor to solve the mysteries of creation? M. Waldman, his chemistry professor.
- What was M. Waldman’s opinion of Victor’s fascination with alchemy? Waldman believed that modern philosophers were indebted to the ancient alchemists.
- What new area of interest did Victor become obsessed with? The death and decay of the human body.
- What astonishing discovery does Victor make? The ability to restore life to lifeless matter.
- How tall does Victor decide to make his creature? Eight feet tall.
- Where did Victor build his creature? In a room at the top of his apartment house.
- Where did Victor get the parts for his creature? From the dissecting room and the slaughterhouse.
THINK AND SEARCH
- How did Mrs. Frankenstein’s kindness kill her? While she was caring for Elizabeth in her illness, she contracted the scarlet fever that killed her.
- Describe Victor’s opinion of and relationship with M. Krempe. While Victor is initially repelled by Krempe’s physical appearance and his obvious contempt of Victor’s previous interest in alchemy, he later begrudgingly admits learning some valuable things in his lectures.
- How might M. Waldman be considered a bad influence on Victor? Waldman reawakened Victor’s obsession with alchemy, which led him to decide to build his creature.
- How has Victor’s relationship with his family changed? He has not gone home in two years, and he very rarely writes. He does not reveal to them what he is doing, knowing that they would disapprove.
- Why doesn’t Victor tell Walton how he brought dead tissue to life? He doesn’t want Walton to follow his example and thus meet his doom.
IN YOUR HEAD
- How does Shelley set the reader up to sympathize with Victor’s desire to turn back death? She relates the tragedy of his mother’s death and his great grief over her loss.
- Why might Shelley have had Henry Clerval not go to Ingolstadt as a student with Victor? She wanted to separate Victor from all positive influences and connections, so that in his loneliness he would turn to paths leading to an attempt to control loss.
- How does Shelley show that Victor’s obsession with death is costing his life? Victor’s health deteriorates almost as if his own life force is pouring out of his body into the body of his creature.
ON YOUR OWN
- Describe a time when you poured yourself into a project, making sacrifices to accomplish it. Was it a sacrifice of your own choosing, or was it thrust upon you? Was it worth the sacrifice?
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 III, IV). 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.