Frankenstein Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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 mode of travel does Victor chose when beginning his journey in Chapter 9?

2. What did the creature think of the first village he ever set eyes on?

3. Who is Dante?

4. Who is Ernest?

5. Where does Victor meet Henry Clerval?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who finds Victor after he flees his rooms? Why is this person concerned about Victor?

2. Aside from the first few moments with Victor, what was the creature’s first experience with humans?

3. Why does Robert Walton decide to write down Victor’s story for his sister?

4. Why is Robert Walton pleased when Victor Frankenstein is brought aboard ship?

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

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

7. Who sends Victor a letter in Chapter 6 that soothes him from his exhaustion and obsession?

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

9. Where was Victor Frankenstein found? What reason does he give for being there?

10. When Victor recovers from his illness and visits the school to make introductions, how does he feel about his familiar classrooms and his beloved philosophy studies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss two of the major themes of the novel.

a. Loneliness is an important theme in the creature’s life. Why does the creature feel lonely? What does the creature blame his loneliness on? Are his assertions reasonable or is the creature making excuses? What other characters feel loneliness? How does loneliness impact the actions of these lonely characters? How do the characters compare or contrast in their loneliness?

b. Nature versus nurture is another theme in the novel. Define each term and explain how they relate to the creature’s existence. How might Victor’s involvement in the creature’s life, or a sense of nurture, affected the novel’s events? What might these two characters have learned from one another through a nurturing relationship? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

How does Shelley express the theme of loneliness throughout the novel? Choose two scenes that express the theme and describe them here. What message is Shelley sending about the effects of loneliness through the character of the creature? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Describe the creature’s observations of the DeLacey family. Why is the creature so interested in this particular family? What does the creature learn from them? How does this knowledge affect the creature, both positively and negatively?

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