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Vocabulary - To Kill A Mockingbird Chapters 8 - 9

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. She was entrusted with issuing public announcements, wedding invitations,
    setting off the fire siren, and giving first-aid instructions when Dr. Reynolds was away.


  1. Roaring, the house collapsed; fire gushed everywhere, followed by a flurry of blankets
    from men on top of the adjacent houses, beating out sparks and burning chunks of wood.
  1. She must have seen my perplexity.


4. He was a year older than I, and I avoided him on principle: he enjoyed everything I

          disapproved of, and disliked my ingenuous diversions.


      5.  Aunt Alexandra was fanatical on the subject of my attire.


      6. Aunty had continued to isolate me long after Jem and Francis graduated to the big table.



      7. I was debating whether to stand there or run, and tarried in indecision a moment  

          too long: I turned to flee but Uncle Jack was quicker.


      8. "The jury couldn't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson's word against the  

          Ewells' -- are you acquaintedwith the Ewells?"









Mockingbird Vocabulary - Chapters 8-9 Continued

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.

___9.   entrusted                                              A. next to

___10. adjacent                                               B. without sophistication; artless; innocent

___11. perplexity                                            C. made familiar with

___12. ingenuous                                            D. given over to another for care or protection

___13. fanatical                                               E. to separate from the group; set apart

___14. isolate                                                  F. the condition of being puzzled

___15. debating                                               G. possessed or driven by excessive zeal

___16. acquainted                                           H. deliberating; considering

Chapter 8


aberrations – deviations                                              accosted – attacked

adjacent – neighboring                                     caricatures – exaggerated likenesses

libel – unlawful attack on character                            perpetrated – committed

procured – obtained                                                    treble – high

unfathomable – impossible to understand

Chapter 9


ingenuous – childlike

innate – inborn

inordinately – excessively

invective – insulting language

lineaments – features

mortify – embarrass

obstreperous – unruly

analogous – comparable

deportment – behavior

fluently – with ease

gastric – stomach-related

guilelessness – innocence

hookah – water-pipe

induce – persuade