Volume 1: Letters 1-4 Questions and Answers
1. What does Robert Walton hope to accomplish on his voyage?
2. How did Walton prepare himself for the expedition?
3. What did Walton read for the first 14 years of his life?
4. How old is Robert Walton?
5. Why did the ship’s master decide not to get married?
6. How far is the ship from land when Walton sees the gigantic figure in the dogsled?
7. How does Walton describe his expedition when his new passenger asks about the ship’s destination?
8. How does Walton feel about the man he rescues?
9. Why is the man Walton rescues traveling alone on the ice?
10. How does Walton feel about hearing his new friend’s story?
1. Walton wants to visit, and walk upon, a part of the world that has never been seen before.
2. Walton prepared by going without food and sleep. He also endured cold temperatures. He worked on whaling ships during the day, and then studied all night.
3. As a child and as a young man, Walton read his uncle Thomas’s books of voyages.
4. Walton is 28 years old.
5. The fiancée of the ship’s master loved another man. He let her go because he wanted her to be happy.
6. Walton believes he is hundreds of miles from land when he sees the dogsled.
7. Walton tells the man he is on a “voyage of discovery towards the northern pole.”
8. Walton says he loves him like a brother, and feels sympathy and compassion for him.
9. The man says, “To seek one who fled from me.”
10. Walton is grateful that the man will tell his story, but he worries that telling it will cause the man renewed grief.
Volume 1: Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers
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?
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.”
Volume 1: Chapters 3, 4, and 5 Questions and Answers
1. After he begins his study of natural philosophy, how does Victor feel about M. Waldman?
2. How tall does Victor plan to make his creature?
3. How does Victor describe himself after his months of study?
4. In what month does Victor finally complete his experiment?
5. What color is the creature’s hair and lips?
6. After he brings the creature to life, who does Victor dream about meeting in Ingolstadt?
7. What does the creature do when he visits Victor in his bedroom?
8. As he wanders the streets of Ingolstadt, what poem does Victor quote?
9. After he recovers from his illness, how does Victor react when he finally sees his laboratory instruments again?
10. When Henry invents tales to amuse Victor, what kind of writers does he imitate?
1. Victor says he regards Waldman as “a true friend.”
2. He plans to construct a figure that is eight feet tall.
3. Victor says he is pale and emaciated after months of study.
4. He brings the creature to life “on a dreary night of November.”
5. Black. Victor describes the creature as having flowing hair of “lustrous black” and “straight black lips.”
6. Victor dreams about meeting Elizabeth in Ingolstadt.
7. The creature grins and holds out his hand to Victor.
8. He quotes lines from Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the same poem that was referred to earlier in Robert Walton’s second letter to his sister.
9. He becomes nervous and suffers from renewed anxiety at the thought of his experiment.
10. Henry imitates the style of Persian and Arabic writers.
Volume 1: Chapters 6 and 7 Questions and Answers
1. Who is Ernest Frankenstein?
2. Why did William hide from Ernest in Plainpalais?
3. Why did Elizabeth feel responsible for William’s murder?
4. How long has Victor been away from home, studying at Ingolstadt?
5. When Victor sees the creature in the Alps, why doesn’t he pursue it?
6. How has Elizabeth changed in the six years since Victor has seen her?
7. How does Justine look and behave during her trial?
8. How did Justine react when she was shown William’s body?
9. Whom does Victor consider to be the “true murderer” of William?
10. How does Elizabeth feel after she visits Justine in prison?
1. Ernest is Victor’s and William’s brother. He returned alone after he and William went off to play.
2. William and Ernest were playing hide-and-go-seek.
3. Elizabeth had given William the locket. She assumed the murderer killed William to get the locket, however, she believes Justine is innocent.
4. Victor has been away for six years.
5. The creature would be impossible to catch. Victor has seen it bound up Mount Saleve with tremendous speed and agility.
6. Elizabeth has grown up and become an “uncommonly lovely” woman.
7. Victor describes Justine as being calm and tranquil during the trial, and “confident in innocence.”
8. She became hysterical and was ill for several days.
9. Victor thinks of himself as the “true murderer.”
10. Although Justine has been condemned to death, Elizabeth is relieved to learn that Justine is really innocent. If Justine had been guilty, Elizabeth would have felt terrible anguish at being deceived by someone she loved and trusted.
Volume 2: Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers
1. Where does the Frankenstein family move to after Justine is executed?
2. How does Victor spend his time at Belrive?
3. When does Victor like to sail his boat?
4. Besides sailing, what else does Victor consider doing at the lake?
5. How do Victor and his family travel to Chamonix?
6. What is Victor looking at when the creature appears?
7. What does Victor call the creature when he first sees him?
8. What happens when Victor tries to attack the creature?
9. Why does Victor agree to listen to the creature’s story?
10. What is the creature’s mood when he enters the hut with Victor?
1. The family moves into their house in Belrive.
2. Victor sails his sailboat aimlessly, letting the wind blow him in any direction.
3. He usually sails at night, after his family has gone to sleep.
4. Victor thinks about committing suicide by drowning himself in the lake.
5. They travel first by carriage and later, as they enter the mountains, by mule.
6. Victor is looking at Mont Blanc and Montanvert, two mountains in the Alps.
7. Victor calls him “Devil!” and a “vile insect.”
8. When Victor springs at the creature, the creature easily eludes him.
9. Victor is not only curious, but he is also moved by a strange compassion for the creature, and he feels a sense of duty because he is the monster’s creator.
10. Victor says the creature is exultant.
Volume 2: Chapters 3, 4, and 5 Questions and Answers
1. What is the first food the creature eats when he goes into the forest?
2. What does the creature call the moon?
3. What weapons do the villagers use to attack the creature?
4. What does Agatha, the young girl, do after she finishes playing her musical instrument?
5. Why is the creature perplexed at first by the unhappiness of the peasant family?
6. Who is the saddest member of the peasant family?
7. Do Felix, Agatha, and their father realize it is the creature who is helping them?
8. How does Felix change when Safie arrives?
9. What pet name does Felix call his fiancée?
10. What book does Felix use to instruct Safie?
1. The creature eats berries he finds growing on a tree.
2. The creature calls the moon the “orb of night.”
3. They use stones and “other kinds of missile weapons.”
4. Agatha holds her brother and sobs.
5. The family appears to have everything they need—food, shelter, clothing—and the creature doesn’t understand that they are actually living in poverty.
6. The creature believes Felix must have suffered more than the others because he appears to be the saddest person in the cottage.
7. They think it is a magical “good spirit” that is helping them.
8. Felix is delighted to see her, and “every trait of sorrow vanished from his face.”
9. Felix calls her his “sweet Arabian.”
10. Felix reads Volney’s Ruins of Empires. By listening to Felix read, the creature gains an insight into the “manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth.” After hearing about the wonderful and terrible deeds of humankind, the creature wonders how humans could be “at once so powerful, so virtuous, and magnificent, yet so vicious and base.”
Volume 2: Chapters 6, 7, 8 and 9 Questions and Answers
1. What French city did the De Laceys live in?
2. At the conclusion of his trial, what sentence does Safie’s father receive?
3. Why didn’t Safie’s father want her to marry Felix?
4. What does Safie take with her when she leaves Turkey?
5. What are the creature’s “chief delights” when he is living in the shed?
6. How does old De Lacey describe the hearts of men to the creature?
7. What does the De Lacey family do after their encounter with the creature?
8. What does the creature do to the De Laceys’ cottage?
9. What happens when the creature sees the young girl fall into the stream?...
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Volume 3: Chapters 1 and 2 Questions and Answers
1. Why does Victor want to go to England?
2. Why does Alphonse want Victor to marry Elizabeth?
3. How long does Victor plan to be away from Geneva?
4. What does Victor take with him on his trip?
5. What poem does Victor quote from as he describes the beautiful scenery on his trip?
6. In London, why does Clerval remind Victor of his “former self”?
7. Why does Victor agree to go to Scotland?
8. How does Victor feel when he and Henry visit Hampden’s tomb?
9. While he is traveling in Scotland, what does Victor fear the creature might do?
10. To what islands does Victor travel in...
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Volume 3: Chapters 3 and 4 Questions and Answers
1. Where does the creature go after Frankenstein destroys the female creature?
2. What do the fishermen deliver to Victor while he is sitting on the beach?
3. Does Victor ever reconsider his actions after he destroys the female creature?
4. Is Victor afraid when he is adrift at sea?
5. What language does Victor use to address the Irish people?
6. How does Victor describe Mr. Kirwin?
7. What did the fishermen do when they found Clerval’s body?
8. While he is delirious, what does Victor say that implicates him in the murder of Clerval?
9. What does the prison nurse tell Victor about his father?...
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Volume 3: Chapters 5 and 6 Questions and Answers
1. After he is released from prison, does Victor tell his father about the creature?
2. Why do Victor and Alphonse go to Paris?
3. Besides thinking that Victor may have found someone else, why does Elizabeth believe that Victor may not really want to marry her?
4. Does Elizabeth love Victor?
5. How does Victor behave in the days leading up to his wedding?
6. What does Victor think the monster plans to do on Victor’s wedding night?
7. Where do Victor and Elizabeth intend to live after their wedding?
8. How does Victor get back to Geneva from Evian?
9. How does the magistrate react when Victor tells...
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Volume 3: Chapter 7 Questions and Answers
1. As Victor pursues the creature, what is the one thing that gives him pleasure?
2. What clues does the creature leave for Victor?
3. What does the creature steal from the villagers by the sea?
4. Why is Victor stranded on the ice?
5. How does Victor move his ice raft towards Walton’s ship?
6. How is the creature’s soul described by Victor ?
7. In his youth, what did Victor think he was destined to achieve?
8. Is Margaret Saville married?
9. When Walton’s crew wants to return home, what does Victor advise them?
10. Although Frankenstein wanted to destroy the monster, in his speech...
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