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Frankenstein: A Kaplan Score-Raising Classic (Score-Raising Classics) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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15 Jun 2011 1607148641 978-1607148647 3rd edition
Kaplan guarantees that readers will improve their SAT score using guides or get their money back. Vocabulary is a critical part of studying for the SATs. Memorizing words that are written on flashcards can be difficult because they are not put in the context of a sentence. Kaplan s SAT Score-Raising Classics make learning SAT vocabulary words easier and more enjoyable for students. Classic novels that are taught throughout high school can now be read while learning vocabulary words that frequently appear on the SAT exam. Designed for easy use, these books feature the actual text on one side of the page, with the word definitions on the opposite side. In addition, the vocabulary words are in easy-to-spot bold typeface throughout. Each Kaplan SAT Score-Raising Classic features: The complete text of the classic novel. Hundreds of vocabulary words tested on the SAT exam. Definitions for each highlighted work on the facing page. A pronunciation guide. An index for easy reference. A teachers guide that includes instructional suggestions, in-class activities, and homework assignments posted on our web site: Kaplan s SAT Score-Raising Classics series give readers get an invaluable learning tool and an enjoyable reading experience.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing; 3rd edition edition (15 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607148641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607148647
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,047,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for SAT, but not the original version of Frankenstein 24 Jan 2005
By Melissa M. Lawson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I ordered this book to use with my AP Literature class. I was already teaching Frankenstein, and thought that my students would really benefit from the extra SAT study as well. However, as we are going through the book, I find that the story in this book is very different from the old copies I had always taught from. Key parts of the story are changed, and many of the parts are rearranged. If you are looking for an accurate version of Mary Shelley's story, this may not be the one for you.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic of the 1800s + SAT Vocabulary Preparation 12 Nov 2006
By mroxie - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I initially decided to read this book for three reasons: 1) I thought it seemed like an interesting story, 2) it appeared on my school's required-reading list, and 3) I was able to find this SAT-prep version of it! 629 essential SAT words appear in bold throughout the main text and are defined along with synonyms on the lefthand opposite page. Other useful vocabulary words that aren't part of the SAT-vocab are underlined as they appear and are included in a glossary at the back of the book. For me, reading vocabulary in context is much more helpful than studying hundreds of words separately through flash cards.

Other reviewers have mentioned that this version is different from other editions of "Frankenstein" that they have seen before. This could be because the 1831 edition of the book is one of the most widely read versions; this SAT-prep version appears to be derived from the original 1818 edition. There are a some key plot differences between the two, but I don't think that Kaplan's use of a lesser-read (and earlier) version of "Frankenstein" detracts from the main purposes of the book: to entertain and to educate.

(Miniture Plot Synopsis): The story opens with a series of letters from a ship's captain, Walton, to his sister Margaret. He is sailing north of the Arctic Circle and his ship becomes surrounded by ice. He notices a man travelling across the ice pursuing a bizarre creature. The man, Victor Frankenstein, ends up coming onboard the ship and relating the strange tale of his life. Walton records Frankenstein's dialogue, which then becomes the narrative of the story.

Frankenstein was a bright and intelligent youth and deeply interested in alchemy. He left his family in Switzerland to study modern science in other countries of Europe. Through much research and effort, he discovered the method of constructing a human being. As to what he created the human out of, Frankenstein keeps these details vague (only mentioning various bones and parts). He specifically intends his creature to be handsome, but once his work is complete and the "creature" wakes up, he is horrified by its disfigured appearance and Frankenstein flees his laboratory. After this, the monster wanders off and later teaches himself how to speak and understand human conversation through observing a group of villagers.

When Frankenstein is hiking in the mountains, he is confronted by the monster. The monster tells him of all of his suffering and confusion and begs him to create a female counterpart that would be just as disfigured as he his, so they could live happily together in seclusion and not bother with humanity any longer. Frankenstein refuses this request, and then the monster plagues his life and the lives of his dear friends and family.

Shelley's style is incredibly descriptive, making it an obvious candidate for Kaplan's series of SAT-prep books. In fact, it's a good thing that I read this version, because I would've been fumbling around with a dictionary the whole time if I read an edition without a vocabulary guide!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome for Test Prep 11 Mar 2004
By Victor I. - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. Not only does it repeatedly list definitions of valuable words on the opposide side of each page, but it also fully engages you in reading it. The story is very good. I used to love fiction when I was a kid, but I couldn't get myself to read fiction for about 10 years. Now that I am preparing for the GRE, I ended up picking up this book. The only regret I have is that the book is over.
Btw, I LOVE not having to use a dictionary every two seconds to look up words. The book defines the same word several times, so by the end of the book a lot of them really stick.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankenstein-made-easy! 23 Feb 2004
By "thebulrich" - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is great -- no more having to carry a dictionary around or look up all those SAT words online. The definitions of the hard words are printed on the left page while the text continues on the right. This also keeps my train of thought going too, and I spend less time reading each chapter.
I totally recommend this to everyone studying for the SAT or who was assigned this book in English. I wish every book was written this way!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 11 Jan 2009
By Midnight - Published on
I thought I was helping my son. He was assigned to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley for his English class. I found this copy on-line and it contained a glossary of words as you read. That seemed like a fantastic way to keep him reading and not stop to look up the words. What we found and rather late in the assignment was that the story was changed slightly in various places to accommodate the SAT words. If you are buying the copy for your child to read along with a class you may not want to purchase this copy of the story. If you want to improve your vocabulary, it would be a good purchase.
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