Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein


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In Frankenstein, what question lies at the heart of the nature vs. nurture debate?

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1. In Frankenstein, what event suggests that the monster's brutality is a product of the way he was nurtured?

2. In Frankenstein, where did the body parts used to create the monster come from?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet focus on reasons why the monster in Frankenstein displays violent and destructive behavior. Practice questions will check your knowledge of facts about the novel as well as what arguments are made for both sides of the nature/nurture debate.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Identifying the question at the heart of the nature vs. nurture debate regarding the monster in Frankenstein
  • Recognizing the event that makes a case for the monster's brutality being a result of how he was nurtured
  • The origins of the body parts used to create the monster
  • An action by Victor Frankenstein that supports the nurture side of the debate
  • What some characters in Frankenstein represent in the nature vs. nurture debate

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about both sides of the nature vs. nurture argument regarding the brutal actions of the monster in Frankenstein
  • Making connections _ - use understanding of the concept of one's family ancestry and acceptance by loved ones shaping an individual's behaviors
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding examples from the novel that support either side of the nature vs. nurture debate

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Provide an overview of the nature vs. nurture themes used in Frankenstein
  • Detail examples of how the monster's behavior could be the result of nature
  • Describe events in the novel that can make a case for the nurture argument regarding the monster's brutality