"The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" by Sherman Alexie, 15–21

Junior, a young cartoonist who lives on the Spokane Indian reservation, decides to transfer to school in which he will be the only American Indian student.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–7, Chapters 8–14, Chapters 15–21, Chapters 22–26, Chapters 27–29

Activities for this list:

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  1. monotonous
    sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
    But he was so boring and monotonous that he was only teaching us how to sleep with our eyes open.
  2. mode
    a particular functioning condition or arrangement
    I’m in my Zen mode, trying to make this whole thing a spiritual experience.
  3. subtle
    difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    I can pick up on subtle clues.
  4. gorge
    overeat or eat immodestly
    Penelope gorges on her pain and then throws it up and flushes it away.
  5. ego
    an inflated feeling of pride in your superiority to others
    The girl has an ego.
  6. disown
    prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
    “Kid, if you get my daughter pregnant, if you make some charcoal babies, I’m going to disown her.
  7. earnest
    characterized by a firm, humorless belief in one's opinions
    I wanted to make fun of her, but she was so earnest.
  8. taut
    pulled or drawn tight
    Her leg muscles were stretched and taut.
  9. clench
    squeeze together tightly
    And then Penelope clenched a fist and shouted, “Yes!”
  10. distress
    extreme physical discomfort
    They’re damsels in distress.”
  11. retroactive
    affecting things past
    It’s so retroactive that it’s radioactive!”
  12. slacks
    (usually in the plural) pants for casual wear
    And I imagined that every girl was immediately breathless and horny at the sight of my bell-bottom slacks.
  13. souvenir
    a reminder of past events
    A photograph would be just a lame souvenir.
  14. ecstatic
    feeling great rapture or delight
    Penelope was ecstatic about the idea.
  15. penultimate
    next to the last
    Roger’s nickname for Penelope was Penultimate.
  16. repressed
    characterized by the suppression of impulses or emotions
    The Reardan lads were so worried about grades and sports and THEIR FUTURES that they sometimes acted like repressed middle-aged business dudes with cell phones stuck in their small intestines.
  17. vice versa
    with the order reversed
    So quick guards had to guard power forwards, and vice versa.
  18. intimidate
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
    And he was trying to intimidate me.
  19. rabid
    marked by excessive enthusiasm for a cause or idea
    When our bus pulled into the high school parking lot, we were greeted by some rabid elementary school kids.
  20. pelt
    attack and bombard with or as if with missiles
    They pelted our bus with snowballs.
  21. contempt
    lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
    It was a fricking awesome display of contempt.
  22. glare
    look at with a fixed or angry gaze
    And he glared at me.
  23. taunt
    harass with persistent criticism or carping
    They taunted me as I walked into the locker room.
  24. endeavor
    a purposeful or industrious undertaking
    “The quality of a man’s life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.”
  25. epic
    very imposing or impressive; surpassing the ordinary
    With an epic hangover, he just lay on his bed for hours.

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