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Question 12 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(LC)

Frankenstein Chapter 2, Excerpt 2
By Mary Shelley

Victor Frankenstein continues recounting the influences that lead to his great experiment:

Before this I was not unacquainted with the more obvious laws of electricity. On this occasion a man of great research in natural philosophy was with us, and excited by this catastrophe, he entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism, which was at once new and astonishing to me. All that he said threw greatly into the shade Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, the lords of my imagination; but by some fatality the overthrow of these men disinclined me to pursue my accustomed studies. It seemed to me as if nothing would or could ever be known. All that had so long engaged my attention suddenly grew despicable. By one of those caprices of the mind which we are perhaps most subject to in early youth, I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history and all its progeny as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge. In this mood of mind I betook myself to the mathematics and the branches of study appertaining to that science as being built upon secure foundations, and so worthy of my consideration.

Read this sentence from the text:

In this mood of mind

What does this line say about the narrator?

[removed] He made up his mind after careful consideration.
[removed] He made up his mind based on his annoyance.
[removed] He made up his mind by getting good advice.
[removed] He made up his mind to quit working altogether.

Question 13 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(LC)

Frankenstein Chapter 2, Excerpt 2
By Mary Shelley

Victor Frankenstein continues recounting the influences that lead to his great experiment:

Before this I was not unacquainted with the more obvious laws of electricity. On this occasion a man of great research in natural philosophy was with us, and excited by this catastrophe, he entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism, which was at once new and astonishing to me. All that he said threw greatly into the shade Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, the lords of my imagination; but by some fatality the overthrow of these men disinclined me to pursue my accustomed studies. It seemed to me as if nothing would or could ever be known. All that had so long engaged my attention suddenly grew despicable. By one of those caprices of the mind which we are perhaps most subject to in early youth, I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history and all its progeny as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge. In this mood of mind I betook myself to the mathematics and the branches of study appertaining to that science as being built upon secure foundations, and so worthy of my consideration.

Which word from the text describes the narrator’s changed feelings?

[removed] Disdain
[removed] Subject
[removed] Occupations
[removed] Science

Question 14 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(LC)

Read this line from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:

I passed the night wretchedly. Sometimes my pulse beat so quickly and hardly that I felt the palpitation of every artery; at others, I nearly sank to the ground through languor and extreme weakness.

Considering the use of the word weakness in this line, what is the most likely meaning of the word languor?

[removed] Obsession
[removed] Fear
[removed] Energy
[removed] Tiredness

Question 15 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(LC)

Frankenstein Chapter 2, Excerpt
By Mary Shelley

Victor Frankenstein recounts the influences that lead to his great experiment:

When I was thirteen years of age we all went on a party of pleasure to the baths near Thonon; the inclemency of the weather obliged us to remain a day confined to the inn. In this house I chanced to find a volume of the works of Cornelius Agrippa. I opened it with apathy; the theory which he attempts to demonstrate and the wonderful facts which he relates soon changed this feeling into enthusiasm. A new light seemed to dawn upon my mind, and bounding with joy, I communicated my discovery to my father. My father looked carelessly at the title page of my book and said, “Ah! Cornelius Agrippa! My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash.”

If, instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had been introduced which possessed much greater powers than the ancient, because the powers of the latter were chimerical, while those of the former were real and practical, under such circumstances I should certainly have thrown Agrippa aside and have contented my imagination, warmed as it was, by returning with greater ardour to my former studies. It is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin. But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents, and I continued to read with the greatest avidity.

Read this excerpt from the text:

It is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin.

What does the author mean by the “fatal impulse” he describes in this line?

[removed] Something happened that set terrible things in motion.
[removed] Someone checked his medical history and found bad news.
[removed] Somewhere in his youth he had a near-death experience.
[removed] Sometime in the future he plans to become famous.

Question 16 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(LC)

Which synonym puts someone who talks too much in the most positive light?

[removed] Conversational: fond of talking
[removed] Blabby: prone to excessive talking or chattering
[removed] Gushing: speaking or saying in an excessive manner
[removed] Wordy: using too many words

Question 17 (Multiple Choice Worth 5 points)
(MC)

Read this line from Frankenstein:

But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents. . .

Based on the context, which of the following best explains the word cursory?

[removed] Not complete or sufficient to understanding fully
[removed] Not demonstrating favor appropriate for royalty or wealth
[removed] Not loud enough or forceful enough to register effect
[removed] Not including enough people to participate properly

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