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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Victor dream about in the hours after he first animates his creature?

2. After William’s death, how long does Victor remain in Lausanne to calm his tumultuous emotions?

3. What causes Victor to laugh uncontrollably as he welcomes Henry into his rooms?

4. To what does Victor compare his creature when he wakes to find the creature watching him?

5. What scarce necessity drove the creature to approach a shepherd’s dwelling after fleeing Frankenstein’s rooms?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Victor see when he views the place where his brother’s body was found?

2. What aspect of the creature did Victor forget to take into consideration while planning and executing his project?

3. Who encourages Victor to continue in his study of philosophy? To what does this lead?

4. Where does Caroline first meet Elizabeth? Why does Caroline offer to take the child in?

5. How did Caroline present Elizabeth to young Victor in Chapter 1? How does Victor respond?

6. What is thought to be the motive for William’s murder? Why?

7. Why is Robert Walton in Russia, and what does he plan to do there?

8. Why does Victor’s father pursue his old family friend? How does this situation end?

9. Why does Victor flee his rooms in Chapter 5?

10. Why is Caroline warned against nursing Elizabeth as she suffers scarlet fever?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the creature’s threats against Victor in Scotland. Why does the creature threaten Victor? How does Victor interpret these threats? Does the creature follow through on his threats? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the reactions of people to the sight of the creature. Why are people frightened of the creature? How do they respond to him? How does the creature feel about the way people react to him? What might the creature do to change the way people treat him?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Victor Frankenstein’s character motivations. Why does Shelley describe Victor’s childhood in such detail at the beginning of the book? How does this history inform his motivation? What impact does this knowledge have on the reader’s understanding of Victor’s motivations in creating his creature?

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