Count of Monte Cristo Study Guide

The Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantés

The Count de Morcerf
Fernand Mondego

A greedy baron whose hair turns white by the end of the novel.
Danglars

First enemy of Dantés to be die
Caderousse

Buried his newborn baby son
Gérard de Villefort

Only man from Dantés’ early life that is saved by Sinbad the Sailor
Monsieur Morrel

Grieves and starves himself to death
Louis Dantès

Military man, the older brother of Julie.
Maximillien Morrel

Receives a special pill from the Count one night.
Valentine de Villefort

Kills Franz’s father
Noirtier

Saw her father get killed by the Count de Morcerf.
Haydée

Dug up a live baby
Signor Bertuccio

The son of Monsier Villefort and Madame Danglars
Benedetto

Wholly devoted to her son, first name Héloïse
Madame de Villefort

Previously had an affair with a public prosecutor.
Madame Danglars

Avoids marrying both Albert Morcerf and Andrea Cavalcanti.
Eugénie Danglars

His innocent death makes the Count rethink his actions of vengeance.
Edouard Villefort

Is worried that he has implanted vengeance into Dantés’ soul.
Abbé Faria

Leader of the Roman bandits
Luigi Vampa

Is saved from execution by the Count
Peppino

Received instructions in a letter from “Sinbad the Sailor” to retrieve a purse
Julie

Husband of Morrel’s daughter
Emmanuel Herbault

A loyal house servant and cashier for the firm of Morrel and Son
Coclés

A mute servant, helps Madame Villefort and Edouard when their horses go out of control
Ali

The Count’s valet and butler
Baptistin

Villefort’s ex-wife
Renée de Saint-Méran

Member of a crew who saved Edmond’s life from a wave
Jacopo

Engaged to Valentine de Villefort but is unable to marry.
Franz D’Epinay

Madame Danglars goes to him after her husband leaves her
Lucien Debray

A journalist, one of Albert’s friends
Beauchamp

Is saved by Maximillien Morrel during a military campaign in Africa
Baron de Château-Renaud

Her scream alerts a group of gendarmes who end up discovering Benedetto and arresting him.
Louise d’Armilly

His wife and daughter is sold into slavery.
Ali Pasha

Demands money from Danglars, but has to wait a day. Danglars plans to runs away as a result
Boville

A member of the crew in the Pharaon that was shipwrecked
Penelo

Dantés’ priest alias
Abbé Busoni

Only character that immediately recognizes the Count as Dantés
Mercedes

“No, but everything is ready for your escape and I expected you to leave.”
Abbé Faria

“The count just told us that all human wisdom was contained in these two words: Wait and hope.”
Valentine Villefort

“It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”
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“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.”
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“I have insinuated a feeling into your heart that was not previously there: the desire for revenge.”
Abbé Faria

“If you wish to find the guilty party, first discover whose interests the crime serves! Whose interests might be served by your disappearance?”
Abbé Faria

What is Edmond Dantès’s profession at the beginning of the novel?
Sailor

Who is the first person Dantès visits when he reaches Marseilles?
(A) His father
(B) Caderousse
(C) Mercédès
(D) Danglars
(A) His father

Which of the following statements is closest to the truth?
(A) Fernand Mondego envies Dantès’s successful career, while Danglars envies Dantès’s relationship with Mercédès.
(B) Fernand Mondego envies Dantès’s relationship with Mercédès, while Danglars envies Dantès’s successful career.
(C) Fernand Mondego envies Dantès’s close relationship with his father, while Danglars envies Dantès’s close relationship with Caderousse.
(D) Fernand Mondego envies Dantès’s close relationship with Caderousse, while Danglars envies Dantès’s close relationship with his father.
(B) Fernand Mondego envies Dantès’s relationship with Mercédès, while Danglars envies Dantès’s successful career.

What does Danglars write in his letter to the public prosecutor?
(A) That Dantès is a soldier in Napoleon Bonaparte’s army
(B) That Dantès is a powerful Jacobin
(C) That Dantès is a revolutionary spy
(D) That Dantès is bearing a letter that contains a revolutionary Bonapartist plot
(D) That Dantès is bearing a letter that contains a revolutionary Bonapartist plot

Why does Villefort sentence Dantès to life in prison?
(A) Because he hates all Jacobins
(B) Because he is secretly a revolutionary and is worried this fact will come to light
(C) Because his father is the revolutionary plotter to whom Dantès’s letter was addressed, and Villefort is worried this fact will come to light
(D) Because he truly believes Dantès has broken the law
(C) Because his father is the revolutionary plotter to whom Dantès’s letter was addressed, and Villefort is worried this fact will come to light

How does Dantès figure out that he has been framed?
(A) He figures it out himself after discovering his accusation letter.
(B) Villefort tells him.
(C) Abbé Faria deduces it.
(D) None of the above
(C) Abbé Faria helps him deduce it.

Why does everyone believe that Abbé Faria is insane?
(A) Because he claims to have an enormous hidden treasure
(B) Because he believes so strongly in a united Italy
(C) Because he remains a priest even though he does not believe in God
(D) Because he refuses to speak to any of the other prisoners
(A) Because he claims to have an enormous hidden treasure

Why does Dantès consider Faria his second father?
(A) Because Faria saves his life
(B) Because Faria educates him
(C) Because Faria makes him wealthy
(D) All of the above
(B) Because Faria educates him

How does Dantès escape from prison?
(A) He hides in Faria’s shroud.
(B) He digs his way out using Faria’s tools.
(C) He buys his way out with his enormous fortune.
(D) He tunnels out of his cell.
(A) He hides in Faria’s shroud.

Why does Dantès give Caderousse a valuable diamond?
(A) Because Caderousse seems to regret his part in Dantès’s downfall
(B) Because he knows that this windfall will only lead to more heinous acts on Caderousse’s part, and he is eager to catch him doing some foul deed
(C) Because Caderousse agrees to give the diamond to Louis Dantès
(D) He does not give him the diamond; Caderousse’s wife steals it from Dantès
(A) Because Caderousse seems to regret his part in Dantès’s downfall

When Dantès saves Monsieur Morrel from ruin, how does he sign his letter?
(A) The Count of Monte Cristo
(B) Sinbad the Sailor
(C) Lord Wilmore
(D) Edmond Dantès
(B) Sinbad the Sailor

Who is the Abbé Busoni?
(A) An Italian priest who acts as confessor to Abbé Faria
(B) An Italian priest who acts as tutor to Abbé Faria
(C) An Italian priest who recognizes Dantès as a convict but does not turn him over to the authorities
(D) An alter ego of Dantès
(D) An alter ego of Dantès

How does Dantès win Albert de Morcerf’s trust?
(A) By saving him from bandits
(B) By lending him his carriage
(C) By telling him that he once knew his father
(D) By saving Mercédès from financial ruin
(A) By saving him from bandits

Why does Valentine Villefort not want to marry Franz d’Epinay?
(A) Because his father was a loyal royalist
(B) Because her grandfather despises him
(C) Because she is in love with Maximilian Morrel
(D) All of the above
(C) Because she is in love with Maximilian Morrel

What do Julie and Emmanuel prove to Dantès?
(A) That true gratitude is possible
(B) That it is possible to be satisfied with one’s life
(C) Both of the above
(D) None of the above
(C) Both of the above

Whose greed does Dantès exploit?
(A) Danglars’s
(B) Bertuccio’s
(C) Benedetto’s
(D) Albert’s
(A) Danglars’s

Why does Albert de Morcerf refuse to fight a duel with Dantès?
(A) Because he is a coward
(B) Because he refuses to fight a duel he knows he will lose
(C) Because his mother tells him Dantès’s story
(D) Because Eugénie begs him not to
(C) Because his mother tells him Dantès’s story

Why do Albert and Mercédès abandon all of their wealth?
(A) Because they want nothing to do with a fortune that has been acquired through treachery
(B) Because they have both sworn to donate all of their wealth to God if Albert survives his duel with Dantès
(C) Because Dantès offers them a larger fortune if they consent to leaving the old one behind
(D) Because they are both planning on entering religious orders that denounce earthly possessions
(A) Because they want nothing to do with a fortune that has been acquired through treachery

Why does Maximilian long to kill himself?
(A) Because his father has been dishonored
(B) Because he has lost his fortune
(C) Because he believes that Valentine is dead
(D) Because his sister, Julie, has married his enemy
(C) Because he believes that Valentine is dead

Why does Dantès allow Maximilian to believe that Valentine is dead?
(A) To punish him for the sins of his father
(B) Because Dantès also believes that she is dead
(C) Because he believes one can only know true happiness after knowing true despair
(D) To keep him focused on his military service
(C) Because he believes one can only know true happiness after knowing true despair

How does Dantès learn to feel normal human emotions again?
(A) By rekindling his love for Mercédès
(B) By acting as a father to Maximilian
(C) By allowing himself to fall in love with Haydée
(D) He never regains his normal human emotions
(C) By allowing himself to fall in love with Haydée

Who owned the Pharaon?
(A) Dantés
(B) Morrel
(C) Danglars
(D) Jacopo
(B) Morrel

What age was Dantés when promoted to captain?
(A) 19
(B) 20
(C) 21
(D) 18
(B) 20

What was Edmond Dantés when he was introduced in the story?
(A) The First Mate of the Phaeron
(B) The captain of the Phaeron
(C) A pirate
(D) A prisoner
(A) The First Mate of the Phaeron

Which of these characters die in the novel?
(A) Danglars
(B) Valentine
(C) Villefort
(D) Fernand
(D) Fernand

At the end of the book, who did Luigi Vampa capture?
(A) Villefort
(B) Caderousse
(C) Fernand
(D) Danglars
(D) Danglars

Who did Benedetto murder?
(A) Villefort
(B) Caderousse
(C) Fernand
(D) None of the above
(B) Cadarousse

Who did Bertuccio murder?
(A) Villefort
(B) Caderousse
(C) Fernand
(D) None of the above
(D) None of the above

Who did Dumas base his heroes on?
Himself; they were poor but daring men who improved thier position in life by their ability and wit.

What was Dumas’ mansion called?
The Chateau de Monte Cristo

What is another one of Dumas’ famous works?
The Man Behind the Iron Mask

How many novels could Dumas write simultaneously without confusing the characters situations?
5 or 6

How was The Count of Monte Cristo written?
As a serial and published as installments

Who is the novel based on?
The novel is based on the true story of Francois Picaud, a young shoemaker who was engaged to marry Marguerite Vigoroux and a beautiful fortune of 100,000 gold francs. Four of Picaud’s friends, jealous of his good fortune, accused him of being an English agent. Picaud was captured and imprisoned secretly for seven years. While in captivity, he had looked after an Italian priest who, when he died, left Picaud a treasure hidden in Milan. After his release (with the fall of the empire), Picaud recovered his treasure and spent ten years of his life engaged in an elaborate plot against his enemies, which resulted in the eventual destruction of his enemies

How many social classes/estates were there?
3

What was the first estate?
1 estate represented 1% of the population, they were the powerful clergy, they lived in extravagant homes, and did not pay taxes

What was the second estate?
2 estate was the nobility, the comprised of 2% of the population and also did not pay taxes

What was the third estate?
3 estate, the bourgeois, the laborers and peasants, 97%, did pay taxes

What happened in 1774?
King Louis the 16 came to the throne, adviser said to tax all three estates

What happened in 1789?
In 1789 an estates general called for a meeting, and it had not met since 1614

What happened on August 10, 1792?
The monarchy was suspended and the king and his family were arrested

What happened on January 21, 1793?
The king (King Louis 16) and his family were killed by guillotine

When was the reign of terror?
1793 to July 1794

Who was the leader of the reign of terror?
Maximilien Robespierre

When was Maximilien Robespierre killed and how was he killed?
Killed by Guillotine July 1794

How did Napoleon Bonaparte become known to the people?
Through his military genius and the thought that he could mend France.

When was the Napoleonic era?
1799-1814 became known as the Napoleonic era

What brought about Napoleon’s fall?
1814 several European countries form the European alliance attacked, Napoleon was crushed because he had just lost the majority of his army by trying to invaded Russia during the winter, he was exiled to the Isle of Elba

How and when did Napoleon return?
Napoleon was very enterprising, on March 1, 1815, he escaped Elba and returned to France

What did Napoleon’s return start?
Napoleon’s 100 days in power

When and where was Napoleon defeated?
June 18, 1815, Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Waterloo

Where was Napoleon sent after the battle of Waterloo?
This time he was exiled to the Isle of saint Helena until he eventually died

How did Dumas die?
he died bankrupt and largely forgotten, and he was destroyed by his own dream.

1700-1770’s
France was having prosperity; the economy and the population was booming. However King Louis XIV (14) and King Louis XV (15) were managing to bankrupt the government cause they were paying too much money to pay war debt

What was the social system in France called?
Old Regime

What did the Third Estate call themselves after they broke away from the Estate’s General?
National Assemebly

What happened on July 14th 1789 on Brastille Day (steel day)
members of the National Assembly stormed the prison of the steel looking for weapons, and it was the beginning of the French Revolution