Number the Stars Vocabulary 32 words

  1. Star of David
    a six-pointed star formed from two equilateral triangles; an emblem symbolizing Judaism
    Thinking of Lise and of Ellen, Annemarie goes to the trunk of Lise's things in her room and takes out the Star of David pendant that she has been keeping for Ellen.
  2. unsettle
    disturb the composure of
    The two girls, who go to the same school and live in the same building, are unsettled by their first direct encounter with the Germans.
  3. Denmark
    a constitutional monarchy in northern Europe; consists of the mainland of Jutland and many islands between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea
    The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
  4. reunite
    have a reunion; unite again
    Soon Peter appears with the Rosens, who are reunited with Ellen.
  5. typhus
    rickettsial disease transmitted by body lice and characterized by skin rash and high fever
    Mrs. Johansen thinks quickly and says that her aunt died of highly contagious typhus.
  6. pendant
    an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
    Thinking of Lise and of Ellen, Annemarie goes to the trunk of Lise's things in her room and takes out the Star of David pendant that she has been keeping for Ellen.
  7. Copenhagen
    the capital and largest city of Denmark; located on the island of Zealand
    The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
  8. contagious
    (of disease) capable of being transmitted by infection
    Mrs. Johansen thinks quickly and says that her aunt died of highly contagious typhus.
  9. resistance
    any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion
    During a late night visit from Peter Neilsen, a member of the Resistance and the man Lise was to marry, Annemarie is told more about the war.
  10. unsettled
    still in doubt
    The two girls, who go to the same school and live in the same building, are unsettled by their first direct encounter with the Germans.
  11. involvement
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
    He was shot in a public square for his involvement in the Resistance.
  12. encounter
    come together
    The two girls, who go to the same school and live in the same building, are unsettled by their first direct encounter with the Germans.
  13. disclose
    disclose to view as by removing a cover
    During the night, German soldiers come to the apartment demanding that Mr. Johansen disclose the location of his friends.
  14. Danish
    a Scandinavian language that is the official language of Denmark
    The war ends in May, and Annemarie and her family watch from their balcony as people parade in the streets with the Danish flag.
  15. Jewish
    of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion
    Annemarie and her best friend Ellen, who is Jewish, are stopped by soldiers on their way home from school.
  16. balcony
    a platform projecting from the wall of a building and surrounded by a balustrade or railing or parapet
    The war ends in May, and Annemarie and her family watch from their balcony as people parade in the streets with the Danish flag.
  17. Sweden
    a Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula
    Annemarie, who now understands that the people are being taken to safety in Sweden, awaits her mother's safe return.
  18. convince
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
    Luckily, Mr. Johansen is able to show them a baby picture of Lise with dark hair, which convinces the soldiers.
  19. suspicious
    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    Ellen pretends to be one of the Johansen's daughters, but her dark hair causes the solider to be suspicious.
  20. cargo
    goods carried by a large vehicle
    He explains that he hid his passengers in the bottom of the boat, and the handkerchief was essential because it kept the Germans' dogs from smelling the human cargo.
  21. Nazi
    a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party
    The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
  22. point of view
    a mental position from which things are viewed
    Number the Stars is told from the point of view of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen.
  23. occupation
    the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
    The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, the third year of the Nazi occupation of Denmark.
  24. essential
    basic and fundamental
    He explains that he hid his passengers in the bottom of the boat, and the handkerchief was essential because it kept the Germans' dogs from smelling the human cargo.
  25. passenger
    a traveler riding in a vehicle (a boat or bus or car or plane or train etc) who is not operating it
    He explains that he hid his passengers in the bottom of the boat, and the handkerchief was essential because it kept the Germans' dogs from smelling the human cargo.
  26. evident
    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
    Annemarie makes it to the boat in time, to Henrik's evident relief.
  27. novel
    an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story
    The encounter makes Annemarie reflect on what her father has taught her about Denmark and also about her older sister Lise's death a few years before the start of the novel.
  28. reflect
    to throw or bend back (from a surface)
    The encounter makes Annemarie reflect on what her father has taught her about Denmark and also about her older sister Lise's death a few years before the start of the novel.
  29. post
    an upright consisting of a piece of timber or metal fixed firmly in an upright position
    Soldiers, drawn by the post-curfew lights, come to the house.
  30. German
    of or pertaining to or characteristic of Germany or its people or language
    During the night, German soldiers come to the apartment demanding that Mr. Johansen disclose the location of his friends.
  31. kept
    (especially of promises or contracts) not violated or disregarded
    He explains that he hid his passengers in the bottom of the boat, and the handkerchief was essential because it kept the Germans' dogs from smelling the human cargo.
  32. public
    not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole
    He was shot in a public square for his involvement in the Resistance.