Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry 16 words

  1. maverick
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    Indeed why was Mama perceived this way by the other teachers?
    Although Mama had been a teacher at Great Faith for fourteen years, ever since she had graduated from the Crandon Teacher Training School at nineteen, she was still considered by many of the other teachers as a disrupting maverick. (Chapter 1 p 27)
  2. Confederacy
    the southern states that seceded from the United States in 1861
    In the very centre of the expansive front lawn, waving red, white, and blue with the emblem of the Confederacy emblazoned in its upper left-hand corner, was the Mississippi flag. (Chapter 1 p 15)
  3. mar
    make imperfect
    Always meticulously neat, six-year-old Little Man never allowed dirt or tears or stains to mar anything he owned. (Chapter 1 p 7)
  4. trail
    a path or track roughly blazed through wild or hilly country
    Cassie loves to run free along the cool forest trails and wade barefoot in the forest pond.
    She seems to be a free spirit who enjoys the great outdoors so it is undertandable why she was dismayed about wasting a bright August-like October morning indoors. On top of that, she had to be in her Sunday best. This meant being dressed in a high-collared dress that she found restrictive.
    It seemed to me that showing up at school at all on a bright August-like October morning made for running the cool forest trails and wading barefoot in the forest pond was concession enough; Sunday clothing was asking too much. (Chapter 1 p 7)
  5. intriguing
    capable of arousing interest or curiosity
    It appears that even though Cassie's little brother, Little Man, is only six years old, he is curious and excited about school, rather than anxious about the unknown and the unfamiliar.
    Christopher-John and Stacey were not too pleased about the clothing or school either. Only Little Man, just beginnin his school career, found the prospects of both intriguing. (Chapter 1 p 7)
  6. admonish
    take to task
    It looks like Stacey plays the role of big brother by mediating between his siblings when the occasion requires him to step in. For instance, he did not allow Cassie to threaten their youngest brother. It is also clear that his younger siblings accord him due respect. When Stacey 'cut' Cassie 'with a wicked look' after admonishing her, she stopped bothering Little Man and grew silent.
    "Y'all go ahead and get dirty if y'all wanna," he replied without even looking up from his studied steps.
    "I betcha Mama's gonna 'clean' you, you keep it up," I grumbled.
    "Ah, Cassie, leave him be," Stacey admonished, frowning and kicking testily at the road.
    "I ain't said nothing but - "
    Stacey cut me a wicked look and I grew silent. (Chapter 1 p 8)
  7. disposition
    your usual mood
    We learn from Cassie why Stacey's mood has been irritatingly sour lately. He is going to be in their mother's class and it looks like he is unhappy with the idea of having his own mother as his teacher.
    Stacey's disposition had been irritatingly sour lately. (Chapter 1 p 8)
  8. acres
    extensive landed property (especially in the country) retained by the owner for his own use
    Cassie's family has a 400 acre property on which they grow their own cotton and other crops. Other black families in the area are sharecroppers who work on Harlan Granger land. (Chapter 1 p 9)

    Note: To read on and find out the reason for the difference in family fortunes.
    A barbed-wire fence ran the length of the deep field, stretching eastward for over a quarter of a mile until it met the sloping green pasture that signalled the end of our family's four hundred acres.
  9. emaciated
    very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold
    Who is this emaciated-looking boy? What appears to be the relationship between this boy and Stacey?
    a tall, emaciated-looking boy popped suddenly from a forest trail and swung a thin arm around Stacey (Chapter 1 p 10)
  10. towheaded
    of hair color; whitish
    Who is the towheaded boy? Why is he running toward Cassie and her siblings?
    a towheaded boy, barefooted and pale, came running down a forest path toward us (Chapter 1 p 14)
  11. pensive
    deeply or seriously thoughtful
    Why were the children pensively quiet as they walked to school?
    I let the matter drop and trudged along in moody silence, my brothers growing as pensively quiet as I. (Chapter 1 pp 8-9)
  12. penchant
    a strong liking
    What can we tell about Cassie and her youngest brother from the given sentence?
    I knew that he could not see the soiled covers or the marred pages from where he sat, and even though his penchant for cleanliness was often annoying, I did not like to think of his disappointment when he saw the books as they really were.
  13. lynching
    putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
    Who are they and what caused them to take the law into their own hands?
    Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston. (Chapter 2 p 35)
  14. bootleg
    whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
    What do Papa's words and the children's reactions show about his concerns as a father and his parenting style?
    Your mama tells me that a lot of the older children been going up to that Wallace store after school to dance and buy their bootleg liquour and smoke cigarettes... We don't want y'all going to that place... If I ever find out y'all been up there, for any reason, I'm gonna wear y'all out.
  15. careen
    pitching dangerously to one side
    What kind of trap did the children produce? Why did they do this?
    The bus emitted a tremendous crack and careened drunkenly into our trap. (Chapter 3 p 44)
  16. veer
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
    How is this related to the children's attempt at 'well-maneuvered revenge!? (Chapter 3 p 46)
    Finally, when the bus was less than fifty feet behind us, it veered dangerously close to the right edge of the road where we were running, forcing us to attempt the jump to the bank; but all of us fell short and landed in the slime of the gully. (Chapter 3 p 40)