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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.
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.Fanatical:____________________________________________________________
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
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
aberrations – deviations accosted – attacked
adjacent – neighboring caricatures – exaggerated likenesses
libel – unlawful attack on character perpetrated – committed
procured – obtained treble – high
unfathomable – impossible to understand
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