Frankenstein Volume 1 Quiz

When Chapter 1 starts, someone else is the speaker. It is no longer Robert Walton. Who is this new narrator? What do we learn about him? We do not know his name but we learn about his childhood and his family
The narrator’s tale in Chapter 1 begins with the statement that he is a “Genevese.” Look this up and write out the definition. Native or inhabitant of Geneva, Switzerland
Who is Caroline Beaufort? Beaufort’s daughter, married her father’s friend, Frankenstein’s mom. Very caring and benevolent, focuses on others especially the poor. Has a passion for helping others considering her past
Consider the paragraph on page 35, starting with “From Italy they visited Germany and France.” How would you characterize the speaker’s childhood? “I was their play thing and idol, and something better- their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven. Whom to bring up to good…I was so guided by a silken chord that all seemed but one train of enjoyment to me.” He had a very good childhood.
Who is Elizabeth Lavenza? How do the speaker’s parents acquire her? A blonde child, daughter of a nobleman, orphan, Caroline falls in love with her and they adopt her to give her a better life. Frankenstein’s beloved sister and later wife.
Who is Henry Clerval? The narrator describes him as follows: “his hope and his dream was to become one among those whose names are recorded in (history), as the gallant and adventurous benefactors of our species.” What does this mean in simple terms? The son of a merchant in Geneva. “Boy of singular talent and fancy. He loved enterprise, hardship, and even danger for his own sake. He was deeply read in books of chivalry and romance. He composed heroic songs, and began to write many a tale of enchantment and nightly adventure” (39). wants to go down in history, Frankenstein’s friend
On p. 40, the narrator states that “natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated (his) fate.” Look up “natural philosophy” in the notes (268). So, what is he saying? Why is he so attracted to natural philosophy? the old term for physical science, mainly physics. He is so attracted to natural physics b/c he is driven by the idea of making the impossible, possible
Make sure you read note 7 of Chapter 2. Underline the phrase starting with, “he also stated … by alchemical procedures.” This is key to understanding the young narrator’s fascination. alchemical procedure is mixing chemicals into one “potion”
In Chapter 3, how does the narrator describe his mother’s death? “She said calmly…we have departed forever” (45). Elizabeth gets scarlet fever and passes it to Caroline. Her dying wish is to for Victor and Caroline to marry and raise the younger children
Upon arrival at the University in Ingolstadt, how does the narrator respond to “new countenances”? What is his view of strangers? “I must inform my own…to new countenances” (46). He is biased and bases his opinions of people on their looks
Who is Professor Krempe? How does the narrator describe him? “professor of natural philosophy…favour of his pursuits” (47) Victor doesn’t like him
Who is Professor Waldman? How is he different than Professor Krempe? Professor who lectures on chemistry. “He had appeared…had ever heard” (48). He likes Waldman more because he doesn’t criticize his early knowledge
Professor Waldman describes modern chemistry in terms the narrator “shall never forget.” Reread the paragraph on p. 49 that begins with “Such were the professor’s words…” The narrator now has a purpose (we don’t know yet what it is) but we know his name! What is it?
On page 50, Professor Waldman tells the narrator that “the labours of men of genius, however erroneously directed, scarcely ever fail in ultimately turning to the solid advantage of mankind.” What does he mean? Do you agree with his statement? Why or why not? not everything that smart people do end up helping people
What is the secret Frankenstein discovers? Read the last sentence of the middle paragraph on p. 53 and summarize the discovery. “After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue, I succeeded in discovering the cause and generation of life; nay, more, I become myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (53)
What does he decide to make? Reread the second paragraph on p. 54. He wants to create a living being
On page 55, Frankenstein says he dabbled to “animate the lifeless clay.” Look at the title page and make note of this same reference to “clay.” Why is this literary allusion appropriate? the modern Prometheus was a sculptor who brought a clay thing to life
What do you think of Victor Frankenstein as a student and scientist? What do you admire or dislike about his goals? Explain. his motivation and passion are enjoyed but his goal is not smart and will probably end up being bad
At the beginning of Chapter 5, Frankenstein states that he is “unable to endure the aspect of the being (he) had created.” The creature he has created disgusts him. Why?
What happens in Chapter 5 after Frankenstein runs out of the house? Someone arrives, someone disappears, and someone becomes ill. Identify each of these characters.
In Chapter 6, Elizabeth writes to Frankenstein (she calls him Victor) and tells him that Justine is once again with the family. Who is Justine Moritz? What is her story?
Chapter 7 opens with some bad news from Victor’s father. What is that bad news?
Where does Victor go after hearing of this news?
Who does Victor suspect of murder?
Why doesn’t he tell anyone?
Why is Justine accused of this horrible crime?
How is Victor affected by the knowledge that the creature may be responsible for the death of William? In Chapter 7, what statement suggests that he views the creature as part of himself? Do you agree with Frankenstein that he bears some responsibility for the death? Why or why not?
In Chapter 8, Justine explains why she confesses to a murder she did not commit. Why does she do this?
What happens to Justine, despite the pleas of Elizabeth and Victor?
What is Victor’s frame of mind at the end of Volume 1?

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