The Count of Monte Cristo: Themes & Quotes


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What does Dantes mean when he says 'I wish to be Providence myself?'

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1. How does Dantes feel about revenge at the end of the novel?

2. By _____, Dantes starts to redeem himself.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In The Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes seems to have it all. He's young and handsome, has a promising career ahead of him, and he's engaged to marry a stunning young woman who adores him. The problem with having it all is keeping it all, however, and his life crashes spectacularly. On this worksheet and quiz, you will answer test questions on how his subsequent actions illustrate the themes that run through the story and what these themes are.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Questions on the quiz include:

  • What Dantes does to redeem himself
  • How he feels about vengeance by the end of the story
  • Why he says, ''Wait and hope'', and what he means by it

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of The Count of Monte Cristo to explain Dr. d'Avrigny's message concerning the nature of man
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read and correctly interpret information about what Dantes is saying in the quote: ''I wish to be Providence myself''
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the action he takes that begins his road to redemption

Additional Learning

Examine the lesson titled The Count of Monte Cristo: Themes & Quotes for additional study. By the end of the lesson, you should be able to:

  • Explain how God is depicted in the novel
  • Describe how Dantes feels about happiness early in the story
  • Discuss how he justifies his right to vengeance in this quotation: ''I, who have also been betrayed, assassinated and cast into a tomb, I have emerged from that tomb by the grace of God and I owe it to God to take my revenge. He has sent me for that purpose. Here I am.''