Frankenstein Volume 1: Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers

Mary Shelley

Volume 1: Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. How did Victor’s father spend his “younger days”?

2. While Victor was intrigued by science as a child, what were Elizabeth’s chief interests?

3. What did Henry Clerval write when he was nine years old?

4. Where does Victor first come across the works of Agrippa?

5. What does Victor witness during the thunderstorm?

6. Why doesn’t Henry Clerval attend the university with Victor?

7. What subject does Professor M. Krempe teach?

8. How does M. Waldman react when he hears the names of Agrippa and Paracelsus?

9. Before he leaves for the university, what does Victor hope to accomplish with his scientific studies?

10. According to Professor Waldman, what have the “modern masters” learned about blood and air?

Answers
1. He was “perpetually occupied by the affairs of his country.”

2. Elizabeth was concerned with the “aerial creations of the poets.” Victor explains that while he sought to discover the secrets of the world, Elizabeth thought of the world as a “vacancy, which she sought to people with imaginations of her own.”

3. Henry wrote a fairy tale that delighted all his friends.

4. Victor comes across the works of Agrippa at an inn near the baths of Thonon.

5. Victor witnesses a bolt of lightning that strikes and destroys a tree.

6. Henry’s father wants him to join the family business.

7. Krempe teaches natural philosophy.

8. He smiles in a friendly way, without showing any contempt.

9. Victor wants to learn how to “banish disease from the human frame, and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death.”

10. Waldman says they have “discovered how the blood circulates, and the nature of the air we breathe.”