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Vocabulary - To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 4-7
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. For some reason, my first year of school had wrought a great change in our relationship:
Calpurnia's tyranny, unfairness, and meddling in my business had faded to gentle grumblings
of general disapproval.
2. Mrs. Dubose lived two doors up the street from us; neighborhood opinion was unanimous
that Mrs. Dubose was the meanest old woman who ever lived.
3. Jem's evasion told me our game was a secret, so I kept quiet.Evasion:________________________________________________________________
4. She was a widow, a chameleon lady who worked in her flower beds in an old straw hat
and men's coveralls, but after her five o'clock bath she would appear on the porch and
reign over the street in magisterial beauty.
5. "Son," he said to Jem, "I'm going to tell you something and tell you one time:
stop tormenting that man. That goes for the other two of you."
6. Jem decided there was no point in quibbling, and was silent.
7. Jem skipped two steps, put his foot on the porch, heaved himself to it, and teetered a long moment.Teetered:_______________________________________________________________
8. Every night-sound I heard from my cot on the back porch was magnified three-fold;
every scratch of feet on gravel was Boo Radley seeking revenge, every passing Negro
laughing in the night was Boo Radley loose and after us; insects splashing against the screen
were Boo Radley's insane fingers picking the wire to pieces; the chinaberry trees were
malignant, hovering, alive.
Mockingbird Vocabulary - Chapters 4-7
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.
_____10. tyranny A. moved unsurely in a see-sawing motion
_____11. unanimous B. like a lizard known for changing colors to match its surroundings;
_____12. evasion C. making petty distinctions or irrelevant observations
_____13. chameleon D. actively evil in nature
_____14. tormenting E. in complete agreement
_____15. quibbling F. pestering; harassing
_____16. teetered G. act of avoiding
_____17. malignant H. extreme harshness or severity; rigor
abominable – horrid arbitrated – refereed
auspicious – promising evasion – avoidance
quelling – overcoming scuppernongs – plum-like fruits
unanimous – agreed by all
asinine – mindless benevolence – good will
benign – harmless edification – illumination; instruction
inquisitive – curious magisterial – authoritative
peril – danger pestilence – plague
placidly – calmly tacit – understood but unspoken
dismemberment – mutilation pilgrimage – journey
ensuing – following prowess – skill
malignant – evil solitary – only
waning – dwindling
ascertaining – finding out
meditative – thoughtful
rendered – made
tarnished – rusty
vigil – lookout