english

And thus for a time I was occupied by exploded systems, mingling, like an unadept, a thousand contradictory theories and floundering desperately in a very slough of multifarious knowledge, guided by an ardent imagination and childish reasoning, till an accident again changed the current of my ideas. When I was about fifteen years old we had retired to our house near Belrive, when we witnessed a most violent and terrible thunderstorm. It advanced from behind the mountains of Jura, and the thunder burst at once with frightful loudness from various quarters of the heavens. I remained, while the storm lasted, watching its progress with curiosity and delight. As I stood at the door, on a sudden I beheld a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished, the oak had disappeared, and nothing remained but a blasted stump. When we visited it the next morning, we found the tree shattered in a singular manner. It was not splintered by the shock, but entirely reduced to thin ribbons of wood. I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed.

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.

You've been assigned a research project on the influences on Victor. Which of the following would be a good research question based on information in the excerpt?


What were the parenting practices during the time period this narrative takes place?
What were the options for family vacations during the time this story takes place?
What were the options for schools to people of Victor's class and status?
What were the texts Victor mentions about as they relate to Victor's path?

I don't know which one to choose but I think the third and fourth sound the best.

  1. 👍
  2. 👎
  3. 👁
  1. I prefer the fourth.

    1. 👍
    2. 👎
    👤
    Ms. Sue

Respond to this Question

First Name

Your Response

Similar Questions

  1. PE

    Which of the following is the correct order from most complex to simplest for the levels of organization in the human body? A. cells, organs, organ systems, tissues B. organ systems, organs, tissues, cells C. organ systems,

  2. Science

    Which of the following body systems work together to get cells the nutrients they need to carry out cellular respiration? A. the digestive and respiratory systems B. the respiratory and circulatory systems*** C. the digestive and

  3. Calculus

    The manager of a large apartment complex knows from experience that 80 units will be occupied if the rent is 460 dollars per month. A market survey suggests that, on the average, one additional unit will remain vacant for each 10

  4. Calculus

    The manager of a large apartment complex knows from experience that 90 units will be occupied if the rent is 370 dollars per month. A market survey suggests that, on the average, one additional unit will remain vacant for each 5

  1. Calculus

    The manager of a large apartment complex knows from experience that 80 units will be occupied if the rent is 460 dollars per month. A market survey suggests that, on the average, one additional unit will remain vacant for each 10

  2. English

    Choose the correct sentence. 1: A: Did you know Judy, that the first atomic bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945? B:Did you know, Judy, that the first atomic bomb was exploded on July 16, 1945?*** C:Did you know, Judy, that the

  3. Energy Systems Portfolio conexus school

    hello, I have a very important school Energy Systems Portfolio coming up and I really need help on this so please please take your time to help me, please.

  4. Chemistry

    It turns out that the Van Dar Waals constant b is equal to four times the total volume actually occupied by the molecules of a mole of gas. Using this figure, calculate the fraction of the volume in a container actually occupied

  1. WGeo

    Which phrase best describes information technology? A. systems that store and send content B. systems that create and modify content C. systems that replace and delete content D. systems that use content for business**

  2. Science test

    Can someone please help me with science test answers!! Why do scientists use models of natural systems? A- Scientist use models of natural systems because these systems are often too large or too small or too complex to study

  3. Physics

    The drawing shows two identical systems of objects; each consists of the same three small balls connected by massless rods. In both systems the axis is perpendicular to the page, but it is located at a different place, as shown.

  4. thermodynamics

    Consider two closed systems A and B. System A contains 3000 kJ of thermal energy at 20°C, whereas system B contains 200 kJ of thermal energy at 50°C. Now the systems are brought into contact with each other. Determine the

You can view more similar questions or ask a new question.