English Vocab To Kill a Mockingbird Flashcards

Terms Definitions
Rectitude
righteousness
evil
malevolent
attributes
characteristic
placid
quietly
auspicious
very important
mausoleum
depressing building/room
obstreperous
uncontrollably noisy
Piety
Holiness (n)
covey
a group
ambulatory
able to wald
Terrain
Of the earth
diminutive
smaller than ordinary
smilax
asparagous looking (1551 Latin)
Warrent
Authorization, sanction or justification
vivid
intensely bright and colorful
Elusive
Hard to grasp or catch,slippery
Decree
A formal and authorative order.
instinctive
happening naturally without thought ahead of time
Assuage
to make milder or less severe
philippic
speech or discourse of bitter denunciation
Mr. Underwood
The publisher of Maycomb’s newspaper. Mr. Underwood respects Atticus and proves his ally.
incantations
spells or charms spoken as magic
Reconnaissance
Military spy operation to observe or locate an enemy or to figure out strategic or important features; investigation, survey
ingenuity
the quality of being clever or skillful
calomel
n. a colorless white or brown tasteless compund used as an insecticide
railing
an odd sound of breathing suggesting illness
ascertain
to find out definitely; learn with certainty or assurance; determine:
Tim Johnson
The dog that gets shot by Atticus
quibbling
an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue.
Chapter 8 Plot Summary Questions:
 
Whose house caught on fire?
Chapter 8 Plot Summary Questions:
 
Miss Maudie's house caught on fire.
Chapter 1 Plot Summary:
 
What did Jem, Dill, and Scout see as they stared back at the Radley house?
Chapter 1 Plot Summary:
 
Someone from inside the Radley house quickly stared at them. 
Chapter 4 Plot Summary:
 
What are the two reasons that Scout would like to quit the Boo Radley game? 
Chapter 4 Plot Summary:
The laughing she heard from inside the Radley house.
Atticus's arrival and disapproval of the Boo Radley game
Miss. Maudie tells Jem that "things are never as bad as they seem". What reasons does she give for this?(chapter twenty two)
When Miss. Maudie tells Jem "things are never as bad as they seem" in Chapter 22 when Jem is upset about the trial. Miss Maudie is explaining that there are a lot of good people in the world and that positive changes are occuring. Judge Taylor appointed Atticus because he knew he could handle the job. She says they are taking "baby steps" toward change.
When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts. they are prevented. How does this happen? Why does it, and why might he do so? (chapter seven)
the hole has been cemented
Mr. Nathan Radley did it
he said that the tree is dead, but he truely did not want the kids to come in contact with Boo anymore
Is Mayella like her father or different from him? In what ways? (chapter eighteen)
Mayella is not like her father in the way that she is not abusive, and unlike him she is shy and timid
Mayella is like her father in the way that she is dirty and a scum
she wears overalls, hangs out with Jem and Dill
What are some examples of Scout being a tomboy?
Jem is now 12. There is a widening gap of udnerstanding between scout and jem. Find two or three examples which illustrate the emotional distance between them.
Jem tells scout to stop pestering him. Jem tells cout to leave him along when he is reading the paper. He tells what to do. Isolates himself and excludes her from "man talk" threatens to spank her.
melancholy
depression
incredulous
skeptical
guilessness
decetful
obliquely
indirect
detachment
not attatched
perpetual
continuing forever
inconspicuous
not noticeable
Pestilence
plague (n)
disapprobation
disapproval; condemnation.
Elucidate (v)
provide clearance
palliation
relief from pain
Viscous (adj.)
sticky, thick, syrupy
reeling
being thrown off balance
ambidextrous
marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
noun
invectivtes
relating to abuse or assult
squalid
filthy from neglect or poverty
Radical
extreme, very different; a _____ approach to electoral reform.
prodigious
great in size, force, or extent
the antagonist of the story
Bob Ewell
credibility
being able to believe someone, believable
Imprudent
Not showing care for the consequences of an action; rash and reckless
usurper
person who seizes and holds by force
don
v. to put on or to wear
eccentricities
odd habits, out of the ordinary habits
Brevity
Concise and exact use of words in writing or speech
primeval
of or pertaining to the first age especially of the world
aberration
the act of departing from the right, normal, or usual course.
Mortify
To embaress or shame, as by injury to ones self respect or pride.
Chapter 2 Plot Summary:
 
Describe Miss Caroline.
no more than twenty-one years old
bright aburn hair
pink cheeks
crimson fingernail polish
wore high-heeled pumps
red-and-white-striped dress
looked and smelled like a pepermint drop
Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think it is? (chapter three)
From Walter's visit Scout learns that everyone should be treated equally
"When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sakes. But dont make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an envasion quicker than adults."
Atticus and scout have mutual respect even though she does not always measure up to his expectations. Atticus knows she htried she she knows he knows so he dosent punish her.
When Francis talks to Scout, he reveals an unpleasant feature of aunt Alexandra. What is this?(chapter nine)
she is a racist
he says "grandma told me ...."
What does Heck Tate give as the reason for the attack? (chapter twenty nine)
bob must of been drunk and mean
What might be the reason for Mayella's crying in court? (chapter eighteen)
she is afraid that if she says the wrong thing her father may beat her again
What objects act as a "foil" to the junk strewn around the yard?What might this symbolize about the character of Mayella?
He is an animal and has little respect or dignity. She is his property, he livestock, his slave.
Amiably
Graciously;friendly
Domiciled
Home
Rudiments
beginnings, basics
infallible
absolutely trustworthy
Benevolence
Kindness, generosity
persecuting
oprressing, harassing
condensended
To agree
supplicated
to pray humbly
venerable
worthy of respect
Indignation
righteous anger (n)
umbrage
offense; annoyance; displeasure:
Florid
Flowery in style, elegant
Provocation
Noun
 
Something that irritates, instigates or angers
 
One-word: Aggrivation
Subtile
Not immediately obvious: elusive
Duress
stress; confessions extracted under ____.
Spurious
False, not genuine, lacking authenticity
corroborate
to confirm, verify, or substantiate
temerity
gall, audacity, cheek, nerve, effontry, boldness that is foolhardy
Impudent
rude, disrespectful; he could have strangled this _____ upstart.
What hurtful undercover groups does atticus hate?
KKK
nebulous
hazy or vague or unclear
 
Sentence: The directions to my friend's house were NEBULOUS. They did not make any sense.
dispensation
a release from obligation or promise
indigenous
native to; the plants __________ to Canada
interdict
an ecclesiastical censure by the Roman Catholic Church withdrawing certain sacraments and Christian burial from a person or all persons in a particular district
noun
aka Charles Baker Harris--came up with the plan to make Boo come out
DILL
croon
to sing in a low, gentle tone
Encumber
to hinder, burden; she was _____ by her heavy skirts
Acquit
To declare not guilty, to relieve from a charge or fault.
Walter Cunningham
Son of Mr. Cunningham and classmate of Scout. Walter cannot afford lunch one day at school and accidentally gets Scout in trouble.
Dill
"I wonder what he does in there? I wonder what he looks like?"
Why does Alexandra think Atticus should dismiss Calpurnia? How does Atticus respond to the suggestion? (chapter fourteen)
alexandra thinks that atticus should dismiss calpurnia because now that she is there she can take care of the family and they dont need to pay "the help"
atticus thinks that cal. is like family and he would never fire her
Scout and Aunt Alexandra communicate very poorly with eachother. Is the fault more with one than the other, or are they equally at fault?
Equally. Scout needs to liusten more and Aunt Alexandra needs to stop forcing things upon Scout.
Scout makes 3 mistakes during her first day of school. What are her mistakes, and why do they make Miss Caroline so angry?
She reads, writes, attempts to explain the kind of poor people the Cunninghams are. Miss carolinne feels inadequate; she is a 1st year teacher so she feels insecure.
Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler? (chapter twenty six)
Scout heard Miss Gates talking badly about Tom Robinson.
What briefly, has happened to Arthur "Boo" Radly (chapter one)
boo radley was apart of a group of kids, sort of gang members
the crew was sent away
he was not seen for 15 years, and than one night Boo was cutting the Tribune (newspaper) when his father entered the room, Boo stabber him with the scissors and just continued to cut the newspaper
Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?(chapter ten)
because if he misses he could hurt someone, and atticus is the best shooter in town
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