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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--"

contemporaries:_______________________________________________________

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.

Inconspicuous:_________________________________________________________

3. "You're in considerable peril."

Peril:___________________________________________________________________

4. "Don't you contradict me!" Mrs. Dubose bawled.

Contradict:_____________________________________________________________

5. Jem's lips moved, but his "Yes sir," was inaudible.

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

Chapter 10

Vocabulary

mausoleum – tomb; gloomy building

rudiments – basics

vehemently – passionately; forcefully


foliage – leaves and flowers

Inconspicuous – unnoticeable

jubilantly – joyfully

Chapter 11

Vocabulary

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