return to daily calendar (click on back arrow)
Vocabulary - To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 10 - 11
Part I: Using Prior Knowledge and Contextual Clues
Below are the sentences in which the vocabulary words appear in the text. Read the
sentence. Use any clues you can find in the sentence combined with your prior knowledge,
and write what you think the underlined words mean on the lines provided.
1. He was much older than the parents of our school contemporaries, and there was nothing
Jem or I could say about him when our classmates said, "My father--"
2. With these attributes, however, he would not remain as inconspicuous as we wished him to:
that year, the school buzzed with talk about him defending Tom Robinson, none of which was complimentary.
3. "You're in considerable peril."
4. "Don't you contradict me!" Mrs. Dubose bawled.
5. Jem's lips moved, but his "Yes sir," was inaudible.
6. "She was conscious to the last, almost. Conscious," he smiled, " and cantankerous."
cantankerous :___________________________________________________________Part II: Determining the Meaning
Match the vocabulary words to their dictionary definitions. If there are words for which
you cannot figure out the definition by contextual clues and by process of elimination,
look them up in a dictionary.
___ 29. contemporaries A. unable to be heard
___ 30. inconspicuous B. not readily noticeable
___ 31. peril C. contrary; disagreeable; quarrelsome
___ 32. contradict D. to go against
___ 33. inaudible E. of the same time or era; about the same age
___ 34. cantankerous F. danger
mausoleum – tomb; gloomy building
rudiments – basics
vehemently – passionately; forcefully
foliage – leaves and flowers
Inconspicuous – unnoticeable
jubilantly – joyfully
propensities – inclinations
protruded – stuck out
reconnaissance – brief survey
rectitude – moral uprightness
tranquil – calm
umbrage – offense
undulate – rise and fall
viscous – thick (refers to liquid)
antagonized – tortured
apoplectic – as if about to have a stroke
cantankerous – difficult; cranky
devoid – empty
palliation – glossing-over
passé – out of style
philippic – tirade
premise – assumption