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"Pygmalion," Vocabulary from the Preface-Act 1

According to the Roman poet Ovid, Pygmalion was a king who was so disgusted by the real women around him that he decided to carve his ideal out of ivory. He fell in love with his creation and prayed...
despise, accessible, phonetic, derisive, decipher, contempt, raillery, didactic, accent, more...
30 words

Philip Levine (1928-2015) Tribute List

The poet Philip Levine died on Feb. 14, 2015 at the age of 87. A two-time National Book Award winner, Pulitzer Prize recipient, and former U.S. Poet Laureate, Levine cast a wide net when looking for...
austerity, inertia, eulogy, dominion, penitent, quaint, gingerly, palatable, rebuke, more...
10 words

André Brink (1935-2015) Tribute List

André Brink, the celebrated South African novelist, died on February 6th at the age of 79. Brink's fiction is credited with reaching out to of Afrikaaners, the controlling white majority under the...
exuberant, refuge, fleeting, preposterous, superfluity, apathetic, abyss, conspiracy, incomparable, more...
12 words

"To Kill a Mockingbird," Vocabulary from Ch's 1-6

As you read Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1960), learn these word lists: Ch's 1-6, Ch's 7-11, Ch's 12-15, Ch's 16-19, Ch's 20-25, and Ch's 26-31.
consult, unsullied, satisfactory, tyrannical, absence, revelation, concede, employ, decline, more...
25 words

"Burning Blue," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-15

On the surface, the title of the novel by Paul Griffin refers to the acid that burns the face of a beautiful and wealthy high school girl. But as the narrator hacks deeper to discover who is behind...
sublime, ricochet, impromptu, reflexive, writhing, torso, omission, elasticity, resistant, more...
40 words

"Divergent," Vocabulary from Chapters 1-9

In the first book of the trilogy by Veronica Roth, sixteen-year-old Beatrice is faced with a decision that would affect the rest of her life. Choose to learn this list, because it can transform you....
aptitude, jostle, antagonistic, demeanor, exodus, supersede, signify, duress, irrational, more...
35 words

"Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," Vocabulary from the short story

Rikki-tikki-tavi is one of many animal characters that star in "The Jungle Book" (etext found here)?a collection of stories and songs by Rudyard Kipling. This list highlights the role of a mongoose in...
bungalow, scuttle, motto, immensely, attend, veranda, splendid, rage, manage, more...
30 words

"Frankenstein," Vocabulary from Letter 1-Chapter 4

See the words that Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley used to bring her nightmare to life, and discover who Frankenstein really is and how he fits the subtitle of "The Modern Prometheus" (etext found here)....
enterprise, surpass, phenomenon, satiate, expedition, ascertain, ardor, industrious, astonishment, more...
30 words
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