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You may not have heard of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, but her inventive mind spawned one of the most well-known creatures in all of literature--Dr. Frankenstein's monster! Frankenstein's monster is a corpse that he reanimates using the power of electricity, and in 1816 electricity was a new and, to some, frightening idea. Frankenstein's monster could be an excellent example to illustrate humanity's innate fear of change and of the unknown. 

4/7 Sentence Completions

Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Always follow the Knowsys Method for sentence completions: Cover the answers, read the sentence carefully, and make a prediction based on the clues given in the sentence. Match your answers to the prediction and then select the answer that is the most similar to the word you selected.

The impoverished city lacked the financial means to update its ------ electrical infrastructure.

What clues are embedded in the sentence to lead you to the right answer? Something in need of an update is archaic, outdated, or simply old. Moreover, a city that is impoverished would logically have a difficult time paying for the much-needed improvements to keep its equipment and facilities up to date. Look for an answer choice that is a synonym of "old," "outdated," and "archaic."


A) despondent

B) antiquated

C) rejuvenated

D) superlative

E) esoteric

Eliminate C immediately because something "rejuvenated" has been made young and new again; the opposite of old and archaic. Something "superlative" (D) is the best in its class, so that can go as well. You are left with "despondent," "antiquated," and "esoteric." Even if you do not know what the other words mean, you can reason that "antiquated" is very similar to the word "antique" and probably refers to something old or something that is not as useful as it used to be.

The answer is B.


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