Lesson Tutor presents: Printable worksheets for the novel study Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne, Chapters 33 - 45

Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Author: Jules Verne

Assignments – Part III
Chapters 33-45

 © 2002 Elaine E. Schneider

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Chapters 33-35

Synopsis:
Monsters mix up the travelers’ days and water becomes the topic of discussion – from  geysers to storms.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word:         voracious

In Context: “Were they the teeth of some monster of a prehistoric species which lived deep down under the surface, a monster more voracious than the shark, more formidable than the whale?” (p.184)

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2.  The Word: evocation

In Context: “I shuddered at the evocation of those monsters. No human eye has ever seen them alive.”  (p.184)

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3.  The Word:         carapace

In Context: “The plesiosaurus, a serpent with a cylindrical body and a short tail, had four flappers spread out like oars. Its body was entirely covered with a carapace, and its neck, which was flexible as a swan’s, rose thirty feet about the water.” (p.187)

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4.  The Word: leeward

In Context: “Hans is still at the tiller…the voyage has resumed its uniform tenor…At any rate, there was definitely a very noisy phenomenon a good few miles to leeward, for now the roaring noise was clearly audible.” (p.189)

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5.  The Word: nil

In Context: “I consulted the current; it was nil. I threw an empty bottle into the sea; it lay still.” (p.190)

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6.  The Word: hillock  (noun)     or       hillocky  (adjective)

In Context: “Its huge, dark, hillocky body lay in the sea like an island.” (p.191)

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7.  The Word: cetacean

In Context: “What could this cetacean be…It was motionless and apparently asleep; the sea seemed to be incapable of moving it…” (p.191)

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8.  The Word: halyard

In Context: “There we were, speeding like lunatics towards that powerful monster…Terror seized me. I refused to go any farther and swore that I would cut the halyards if necessary.” (p.191)

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9.  The Word: geyser

In Context: “’Yes, of course, it must be a geyser,’ said my uncle, ‘a geyser like those in Iceland.’” (p.192)

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10.  The Word: contradiction

In Context: “’…it must be a geyser like those in Iceland…’ (But) this water was coming from a blazing furnace, and this was in complete contradiction with Professor Lidenbrock’s theories.” (p.192)

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11.  The Word: reservoir

In Context: “I noticed that its jet varied in height, sometimes diminishing in force, then shooting up again, a fact I attributed to variations in the pressure of the vapors accumulated in its reservoir.” (p.193)

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12.  The Word: opaque

In Context: “The atmosphere grew heavy with vapors charged with the electricity generated by the evaporation of the salt water; the clouds sank perceptibly and took on a uniformly olive hue; the electric light could scarcely pierce this opaque curtain lowered over the stage on which the drama of the elements was about to be performed.” (p.194)

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13.  The Word: cataclysm

In Context: “I felt over-awed, as most people do on earth at the approach of a cataclysm.”  (p.194)

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14.  The Word: sinister

In Context: “The cumulus clouds piled up in the south had a sinister look – that pitiless appearance I had often noticed at the beginning of a storm.”  (p.194)

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15.  The Word: incandescent

In Context:   “Brilliant flashes of lightning mingled with the rolls of thunder, criss-crossing in the midst of the loud crashes; the vaporous mass became incandescent, and the hailstones striking the metal of our tools or guns flashed with light...”  (p.196)

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16.  The Word: incoherence

In Context: “I have only been able to find a few brief observations, which I had jotted down almost unconsciously. But their brevity and even their incoherence reveal the emotion which gripped me and give a better idea of the atmosphere than my memory could.”  (pp.196-197)

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17.  The Word: emission

In Context: “There is a constant emission of light from the undersurface of the clouds…”  (p.197)

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18.  The Word: pirouette

In Context: “The fireball, half white, half blue, and the size of a ten-inch shell, moved slowly…it pirouetted near my foot, which I tried to pull away, but in vain.”  (p.198)

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19.  The Word: gyration

In Context: “At last, with a violent effort, I managed to pull my foot away just as the ball was going to seize it in its gyrations and carry me away too.”  (p.198)

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Writing Assignment:
None.
 

Chapters 36-39

Synopsis:
An interesting discovery inspires the professor to give a lecture.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word:         fatigue

In Context: “I found myself lying side by side with my uncle…unable to speak, overcome as I was by fatigue and excitement…” (p.200)

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2.  The Word: deluge

In Context: “Meanwhile the rain went on falling in a positive deluge, though with that violence which usually indicates that a storm is nearly over.”  (p.200)

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3.  The Word:         intact

In Context: “Our stock of powder, after nearly exploding…was intact.” (p.202)

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4.  The Word: replenish

In Context: “’Now,’ he said, ‘we must replenish our stock of water with the rain the storm has left in all the granite basins…’” (p.203)

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5.  The Word: oscillation

In Context:     “Arriving at the rock, my uncle took the compass and examined the needle, which after a few oscillations, took up a fixed position.” (p.204)

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6.  The Word: irrefutable

In Context: “I was able to expound these irrefutable arguments for ten minutes without interruption, but simply because the Professor was not taking any notice of me...” (p.206)

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7.  The Word: abnegation

In Context: “If only Hans had taken my side! But the Icelander seemed to have renounced all will of his own and taken a vow of abnegation.” (p.207)

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8.  The Word: contention

In Context: “Our feet…crushed fossils and bones of prehistoric animals whose rare and interesting remains are a subject of contention between the museums…” (p.209)

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9.  The Word: ossuary

In Context: “A thousand Cuviers working all their lives could not have constructed all the skeletons which lay in that magnificent ossuary.” (p.209)

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10.  The Word: patina

In Context: “Near it were found some stone axes and carved flints, all colored and clothed by the passage of time with a uniform patina.” (p.210)

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11.  The Word: exhume

In Context: “Fresh remains exhumed from tertiary Pliocene terrain had enabled even bolder geologists to attribute a still greater age to the human race.” (p.211)

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12.  The Word: anthropology (noun)     or     anthropological  (adjective)

In Context: “’It is not just a skeleton, but an entire body, preserved for a purely anthropological purpose.’” (p.213)

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13.  The Word: dissertation

In Context: “Nobody was smiling, but the Professor was so used to seeing faces light up…during his learned dissertations that he said this out of force of habit.”  (p.214)

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14.  The Word: refute

In Context: “For my uncle was quite right, and more learned men than his nephew would have been hard put to it to refute his statements.”  (p.214)

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15.  The Word: impel

In Context:   “For another half hour we walked over these layers of bones, impelled by our burning curiosity.”  (p.216)

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16.  The Word: mastodon

In Context: “…it was a whole herd of gigantic animals, of mastodons…huge elephants whose trunks were twisting about under the trees like a legion of serpents.”  (p.217)

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17.  The Word: unkempt

In Context: “His head, which was as big as a buffalo’s, was half hidden in the tangled growth of his unkempt hair – a … mane, like that of the primitive elephant.”  (p.218)

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18.  The Word: panorama

In Context: “I thought I recognized…the grotto….then…the arrangement of the cliffs, the appearance of a stream, or the surprising outline of a rock plunged me back into doubt. I told my uncle about my bewilderment. Like myself…he could not find his bearings in this uniform panorama.”  (p.220)

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19.  The Word: poniard

In Context: “’This dagger is a sixteenth-century weapon, a real poniard such as gentlemen carried in their belts...’”  (p.221)

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Writing Assignment:
Jules Verne’s title for chapter 39 is unique in that it could have a double meaning. Does “Man Alive” mean that a man thought dead shows up alive, or is it an interjection that could be used just as easily in the outburst, “Man alive! Look at the size of that monster”?
 Other chapter titles from Journey to the Center of the Earth could have duplicity of meaning as well; for example, “I Find the Key,” “Slow Progress,” or “Saved.”
 Your assignment is to write ten chapter titles (for any book, written or imaginary) that could have double meanings. Have fun!

Chapters 40-42

Synopsis:
Hans, Axel, and Professor Lidenbrock blast on.

Vocabulary:

1.  The Word:         rhapsody  (noun)      or      rhapsodical   (adjective)

In Context: “While these thoughts were whirling about in my head, Professor Lidenbrock was indulging in a somewhat rhapsodical panegyric on Arne Saknussemm.” (p.223)

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2.  The Word: panegyric

In Context: “While these thoughts were whirling about in my head, Professor Lidenbrock was indulging in a somewhat rhapsodical panegyric on Arne Saknussemm.” (p.223)

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3.  The Word:         demur

In Context: “On the contrary, I actually suggested ‘burning our boats’ so as to cut off all possibility of retreat, but my uncle demurred.” (p.225)

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4.  The Word: moor
 
In Context: “The raft, moored to the shore, was left by itself…” (p.225)

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5.  The Word: obstruction

In Context:     “The time had come to blast a way through the granite obstruction.” (p.228)

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6.  The Word: imprudence

In Context: “…we had, by our imprudence, brought a whole sea along with us.” (p.230)

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7.  The Word: dissipate

In Context: “The wick had burnt away, and we were plunged back into total darkness, which we had no hope of being able to dissipate.” (p.232)

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8.  The Word: privation

In Context: “Consequently, after a  long fast, a few mouthfuls of meat and biscuits banished the memory of our past privations.” (p.236)

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9.  The Word: foundry

In Context: “Meanwhile the temperature was rising fast, and I felt bathed in a burning atmosphere like the heat given off by the furnace in the foundry when the molten metal is being poured into the molds.” (p.237)

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10.  The Word: invincible

In Context: “Then an invincible terror took hold of me and would not be shaken off.” (p.238)

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11.  The Word: catastrophe

In Context: “I felt that a catastrophe was approaching such as even the liveliest imagination could never have conceived.” (p.238)

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Writing Assignment:
none
Chapters 43-45

Synopsis:
The explorers find themselves riding a wave of heat – a wave which they ride to the end!

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word:         giddy

In Context: “The compass had gone mad! The needle was swinging jerkily from one pole to the other, indicating every point of the compass in turn, and spinning around as if it were giddy.” (p.239)

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2.  The Word: agglomeration

In Context: “It was obvious that we were being carried upwards by an eruptive thrust; under the raft there was boiling water, and under that a whole mass of lava, an agglomeration of rocks, which, when expelled from the crater, would be scattered in all directions.” (p.241)

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3.  The Word:         lurid

In Context: “Soon lurid lights began to appear in the vertical gallery, which was growing wider; on both right and left I noticed deep corridors like huge tunnels from which thick clouds of vapor were pouring, while crackling tongues of flame were licking their walls.” (p.242)

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4.  The Word: intermittent
 
In Context: “’This is a volcano with an intermittent eruption. It lets us draw breath every now and then at the same time as itself.’ This was perfectly true. At the given moment we were shot upwards again…then the thrust stopped.”  (p.243)

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5.  The Word: projectile

In Context:     “All I know is that at each fresh impulse we were sent upwards with increased force as if we were on an actual projectile.” (p.243)

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6.  The Word: orb

In Context: “We had come out of the crater half-naked, and the radiant orb, from which we had demanded nothing for two months, was lavishing a fierce light on us.” (p.245)

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7.  The Word: lavish

In Context: “We had come out of the crater half-naked, and the radiant orb, from which we had demanded nothing for two months, was lavishing a fierce light on us.” (p.245)

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8.  The Word: rectify

In Context: “When my eyes had grown accustomed to this brilliance with which they had become unfamiliar, I used them to rectify the errors of my imagination.” (pp.245-246)

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9.  The Word: quagmire

In Context: “The sides of the volcano were extremely steep; we kept slipping into regular quagmires of ash, trying to avoid the streams of lava which wound down the mountain like fiery serpents.” (p.247)

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10.  The Word: archipelago

In Context: “We were in the middle of the Mediterranean, in the heart of the Aeolian archipelago of mythological memory…and those blue mountains in the east were the mountains of Calabria!” (p.249)

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11.  The Word: disdain  (noun)    or     disdainfully  (adverb)

In Context: “’Good Lord,’ I said disdainfully, ‘the best thing to do is not to explain it.’” (p.250)

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12.  The Word: archives   (noun)

In Context: “On the same day, he deposited Saknussemm’s document in the city archives and expressed his deep regret that circumstances, stronger than his will, had prevented him from following in the Dane’s footsteps to the very center of the earth.” (p.252)

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13.  The Word: abdicate

In Context: “…my pretty Virlandaise, abdicating her position as ward, took her place in the Konigstrasse house in the dual capacity of niece and wife.” (p.254)

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Writing Assignment:
Book Report
 
 

(End Part 3)
About this teacher/author:   Elaine Ernst Schneider is a teacher and freelance writer who has published articles, songs, and children's work. She is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor. Elaine writes the City Songs column for www.newcolonist.com and is the author of 52 Children’s Moments, found at http://www.lessontutor.com/ltstore.html . She currently teaches and writes curriculum for several education companies.

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