Sandra Cisneros's The House on Mango Street

Vocabulary study list for Sandra Cisneros's "The House on Mango Street"

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  1. internal rhyme
    a rhyme between words in the same line
  2. mango
    large evergreen tropical tree cultivated for its large oval fruit
  3. saddle shoe
    an oxford with a saddle of contrasting color
  4. meme
    a cultural idea or behavior passed from person to person
  5. sexuality
    the properties distinguishing reproductive roles
  6. exploitative
    tending to exploit or make use of
  7. sexually
    with respect to sexuality
  8. clunky
    lacking grace in movement or posture
  9. neighborhood
    an area within a city or town that has distinctive features
  10. sexual assault
    a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
  11. change over
    make a shift in or exchange of
  12. front yard
    the yard in front of a house
  13. unfulfilled
    of persons; marked by failure to realize full potentialities
  14. mutually exclusive
    unable to be both true at the same time
  15. attractiveness
    the quality of arousing interest
  16. autonomy
    political independence
  17. spindly
    long and lean
  18. motif
    a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work
  19. relegate
    assign to a lower position
  20. resilience
    ability of a material to return to its original shape
  21. unconvincing
    not convincing
  22. suede
    leather with a napped surface
  23. trapped
    forced to turn and face attackers
  24. mature
    having reached full natural growth or development
  25. backyard
    the grounds in back of a house
  26. powerlessness
    the quality of lacking strength or power
  27. responsibility
    the social force that binds you to a course of action
  28. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope used to restrain an animal
  29. isolating
    relating to or being a language in which each word typically expresses a distinct idea and part of speech and syntactical relations are determined almost exclusively by word order and particles
  30. unsure
    lacking self-confidence
  31. femininity
    the trait of behaving in ways considered typical for women
  32. persevere
    be persistent, refuse to stop
  33. unspecified
    not stated explicitly or in detail
  34. empower
    give or delegate power or authority to
  35. befriend
    become friends with
  36. street
    a thoroughfare that is lined with buildings
  37. last name
    the name used to identify the members of a family
  38. underscore
    give extra weight to
  39. language
    a means of communicating by the use of sounds or symbols
  40. vignette
    a brief literary description
  41. paralyze
    cause to be immobile
  42. manipulate
    influence or control shrewdly or deviously
  43. emphasize
    stress or single out as important
  44. fascinate
    attract; cause to be enamored
  45. inadequacy
    a lack of competence
  46. unchanging
    showing little if any change
  47. neighbor
    a person who lives near another
  48. distraught
    deeply agitated especially from emotion
  49. resonance
    having the character of a loud deep sound
  50. isolate
    place or set apart
  51. poem
    a composition in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
  52. heritage
    that which is inherited
  53. self-consciousness
    self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
  54. personify
    attribute human qualities to something
  55. rhyme
    correspondence in the final sounds of two or more lines
  56. evoke
    call forth, as an emotion, feeling, or response
  57. automatically
    in a mechanical manner; by a mechanism
  58. bazaar
    a street of small shops, especially in the Orient
  59. canteen
    a room with food sold to personnel at an institution
  60. cockscomb
    the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
  61. crumple
    gather something into small wrinkles or folds
  62. cumulus
    a globular cloud
  63. double Dutch
    the difficult version of jump rope in which players jump over two ropes that are swung in a crisscross manner by two turners
  64. floorboard
    a board in the floor
  65. goblet
    a drinking glass with a base and stem
  66. holler
    call out loudly
  67. inherit
    receive from a predecessor
  68. invention
    the act of making something new
  69. invisible
    impossible or nearly impossible to see
  70. jingling
    having a series of high-pitched ringing sounds like many small bells
  71. landlord
    a property owner who leases property or housing to others
  72. Laundromat
    a self-service laundry with coin-operated washing machines
  73. linoleum
    a floor covering
  74. marimba
    a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets
  75. naphtha
    a volatile, flammable liquid made of hydrocarbons
  76. nimbus
    a dark grey cloud bearing rain
  77. scuff
    walk without lifting the feet
  78. soggy
    (of soil) soft and watery
  79. somersault
    an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
  80. temporary
    not permanent; not lasting
  81. zillion
    a very large indefinite number (usually hyperbole)

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