Frankenstein Multiple Choice

Question 1 (5 points)


Take a close look at the original title page of Frankenstein (p. 3), which includes the full title of the novel. What literary device is present here?

Question 1 options:





Question 2 (5 points)


What three themes are established on the first page of the novel, when Robert Walton states “I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man. These are my enticements” (p. 7 of our text).

Question 2 options:

Ambition, Isolation, and Greed

Monstrosity, Forbidden Knowledge, and Isolation

Forbidden Knowledge, Ambition and Greed

Isolation, Forbidden Knowledge, and Ambition

Question 3 (5 points)


What does Robert Walton have in common with the author of the novel, as indicated in Letter 1 (pgs. 7-9)?

Question 3 options:

like Mary Shelley’s novel, Walton’s expedition was inspired by his dreams.

like Mary Shelley, Robert Walton had children who died young.

like Mary Shelley, Robert Walton’s love interest is a Romantic poet.

like Mary Shelley, Robert Walton’s mother was a feminist activist.

Question 4 (5 points)


Robert Walton states on page 11 that “I shall certainly find no friend on the wide ocean, nor even here in Archangel, among merchants and seamen.” What does this quote suggest?

Question 4 options:

Those around him are not on his “level” and he feels isolated in result.

Walton is isolated by his own ambition, which alienates him from other people.

Walton’s sense of isolation is comparable to Victor’s, who is likewise alienated from others in his pursuit of discovery.

All of these answers apply.

Question 5 (5 points)


Take a close look at the description Walton gives us of Victor Frankenstein when the explorer first encounters the scientist on the ice (pg. 14, beginning with, “his limbs were nearly frozen.” Pay careful attention to the descriptive language and choice of words. What other character from the novel does Frankenstein most closely resemble?

Question 5 options:

Robert Walton



the Monster

Question 6 (5 points)


With the preceding question in mind, how is Frankenstein’s “restore to animation” (pgs. 14-15) fundamentally different from the monster’s reanimation later on in Volume 1?

Question 6 options:

Walton restores Victor to life through nurture, care and benevolence.

Walton freaks out and abandons Victor once he is back from the brink of death.

Walton restores Victor to life for selfish reasons.

There is nothing fundamentally different — this is a parallel among both characters’ “reanimation.”

Question 7 (5 points)


Quote Analysis: Which of the following statements best reflects the meaning of the following quote, spoken by Victor on page 17 of the text?

“You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.”

Question 7 options:

It is a form of encouragement to seek out dangerous dreams, for doing so has rich rewards

It is a warning to Walton about the consequences of pursuing forbidden knowledge

It is evidence to Walton that Victor Frankenstein is an evil man at heart

All of the above

None of the above

Question 8 (5 points)


The first narrative shift occurs on page 18 of the novel. Who was the narrator prior, and who becomes the narrator on this page?

Question 8 options:

Victor was the narrator and now the Monster is

Walton was the narrator and now Victor is

Victor was the narrator and now Walton is

Mrs. Saville was the narrator and now Walton is

Question 9 (5 points)


On page 19, Victor describes the conditions under which his mother and father wed. What is the implication of those circumstances, if we’re reading from a feminist critical perspective?

Question 9 options:

Victor’s father and mother had a marriage agreement that demonstrates the equality in their relationship

Victor’s mother was helpless and Victor’s father married her to “save” her

Victor’s mother was treated harshly by his father, which exposes the oppressive power of Patriarchal society

Victor’s mother was independent and strong and is ultimately responsible for his father’s success.

Question 10 (5 points)


On page 20, we are introduced to Elizabeth Lavenza, who is Victor’s cousin, adopted sister, and future wife (it wasn’t weird for cousins to marry back then!” One of the first descriptions of her is that “she appeared the most fragile creature in the world.” Considering what we learn about Elizabeth in the rest of Volume 1, would you consider this an accurate statement or an inaccurate statement?

Question 10 options:



Question 11 (5 points)


On page 30, Chapter 2 concludes with the line, “Thus ended a day memorable to me; it decided my future destiny.” What cultural insight about the novel and its era can we conclude from this remark? Consider the language of this quote as well as the context (what victor had been doing on the day he refers to).

Question 11 options:

It is a blending of science and faith, which echoes the real-world conflict between these two ideologies during this era

It refers to the importance of fate and chance, which was valued above science during this time period.

Victor’s lack of personal accountability for his decisions here reflects the irresponsibility of science during this time period

Question 12 (5 points)


What Gothic literary element is evident in Victor’s description of his study of the change from life to death on page 31?

Question 12 options:

the macabre

the tormented character

the supernatural


Question 13 (5 points)


Quote Analysis: What is significant about the following quote made by Victor to Walton on p, 32 of the text?

“I see by your eagerness . . . that you expect to be informed of the secret with which I am acquainted; that cannot be.”

Question 13 options:

Victor recognizes the danger of forbidden knowledge now, and is perhaps acting morally responsible by not disclosing it

Withholding the secret that Victor discovered absolves Mary Shelley from the responsibility of having to come up with it

Withholding the secret that Victor discovered adds to the suspense of the novel

All of these answers apply.

Question 14 (5 points)


Take a close look at the description of setting at the start of Chapter 4 (pg. 35). What elements contribute to the element of gloomy setting, which is a hallmark of Gothic literature?

Question 14 options:

it is the middle of the night

it is dreary, cold and rainy outside

the laboratory is dimly lit

All of the above

Question 15 (5 points)


Which Gothic literary elements are most prevalent in pages 36-39?

Question 15 options:

the supernatural; character in torment; Gothic “double”

character in torment; body-snatching, the grotesque

the supernatural; the macabre; mystery

the grotesque; character in torment; nightmares

Question 16 (5 points)


What best characterizes Elizabeth’s letter to Victor on pages 40-43?

Question 16 options:

It is full of gossip and unimportant information

it reveals important information that ultimately influences Victor’s decision-making

it is artfully written with elegant language and poetic thoughts

it is bitter and resentful, which further isolates Victor from his family

Question 17 (5 points)


Recall that transformation is another literary element that characterizes many Gothic novels. What is the dark transformation that Victor undergoes in result of his experiment, as he describes toward the bottom of page 43?

Question 17 options:

His passionate love for science has turned to sickness and dread

His discovery gives him a new sense of power that makes him feel superior to everyone else in the history of the human race

He no longer has any emotions in result of his secret

He becomes so fascinated with death that he becomes completely isolated and mad, preferring a company of corpses to his own family

Question 18 (5 points)


Look carefully at the first full paragraph on page 49, which begins with the words “The road ran by the side of the Lake.” Which of the following best describes this paragraph?

Question 18 options:

It signifies the character’s tormented isolation

It blends several powerful Gothic elements together

It demonstrates a Romantic response to nature, full of awe and emotion

All of these answers apply

Question 19 (5 points)


Pay careful attention to the language Victor uses to describe his creation on page 50. Does the creature deserve this judgement?

Question 19 options:

Yes, because the creature is an evil abomination who has made Victor wrongfully suffer

No, because the creature hadn’t yet done anything to deserve these labels at this point

No, because the creature has shown nothing but compassion and a desire to connect with his maker

Yes, because the creature was indeed innocent

Question 20 (5 points)


Which of the following statements are true with respect to Victor’s pursuit of forbidden knowledge by the end of Volume 1?

Question 20 options:

it has lead to his ruin and makes him morally responsible for the death of 2 people

it resulted in the loss of all of his relationships, but the secret of creation was well worth this sacrifice

it is the only thing that has made him feel so happy and complete

it has lead to his elevation in society as the most famous man on Earth, but all that glory has come with a dark price

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