Chapters 4–8

In this nonfiction narrative, told in graphic form, Gene Luen Yang follows the Bishop O'Dowd High School basketball team during one eventful season and reflects on his own work as a storyteller.
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  1. notorious
    known widely and usually unfavorably
    Coach Zip was notoriously by the book.
  2. defunct
    no longer in force or use; inactive
    Bill Farrow with the Youngstown Bears (now defunct).
  3. integration
    incorporating a racial or religious group into a community
    It seemed like a victory for integration in American sports.
  4. pioneer
    take the lead or initiative in
    The "showboating" pioneered by players like Marques Haynes had become a standard part of the game.
  5. renowned
    widely known and esteemed
    I didn't know who he was or how renowned he was.
  6. lanky
    tall and thin and having long slender limbs
    During his first few seasons as O'Dowd's head coach, Phelps had a lanky kid named Brian Shaw playing for him.
  7. exert
    make a great effort at a mental or physical task
    To keep the players from exerting themselves too much, the court would be divided into three sections.
  8. combative
    having or showing a ready disposition to fight
    To keep players from getting too combative, they wouldn't be permitted to snatch the ball from one another.
  9. armory
    a structure where military equipment is stored
    What's remarkable, looking back twenty-five years later, is that nobody outside the armory that night got to see any visual evidence of the play.
  10. exposure
    presentation to view in an open or public manner
    No, but it's great exposure for the school.
  11. paraphrase
    express the same message in different words
    You can't just paraphrase yourself in a paper, bruh!
  12. decisive
    The Eagles have a decisive lead by the end of the half.
  13. outspoken
    given to expressing yourself freely or insistently
    An outspoken faction of Americans worried that all these immigrants would ruin their nation.
  14. faction
    a dissenting clique
    An outspoken faction of Americans worried that all these immigrants would ruin their nation.
  15. anarchy
    a state of lawlessness and disorder
    If Immigration was properly Restricted you would no longer be troubled with Anarchy, Socialism, the Mafia and such kindred evils!
  16. kindred
    similar in quality or character
    If Immigration was properly Restricted you would no longer be troubled with Anarchy, Socialism, the Mafia and such kindred evils!
  17. gargantuan
    of great mass; huge and bulky
  18. compensate
    adjust for
    He compensated by slouching.
  19. seminary
    a school for training ministers or priests or rabbis
    He quit the seminary and became a DePaul Blue Demon.
  20. unorthodox
    breaking with tradition or typical norms
    Meyer designed an unorthodox training regimen just for Mikan.
  21. agile
    moving quickly and lightly
    This will make you agile!
  22. stature
    the height of a standing person
    He now seems to be proud of his stature.
  23. fledgling
    young and inexperienced
    After graduation, George Mikan joined the fledgling National Basketball Association where he was just as dominant.
  24. sanctuary
    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir
    The indoor gym is a bit like a sanctuary.
  25. adherent
    someone who believes and helps to spread a doctrine
    Overhead banners, like stained-glass windows, remind adherents of the community's past achievements.
  26. affinity
    a natural attraction or feeling of kinship
    The Catholic affinity for basketball continues to this very day.
  27. tenet
    a basic principle or belief that is accepted as true
    Among its main tenets are: A belief in one God.
  28. symbolize
    express indirectly by an image, form, or model
    Uncut hair, usually covered by a turban, symbolizing spiritual devotion.
  29. bangle
    jewelry worn around the wrist for decoration
    An iron bangle symbolizing mindfulness of action.
  30. baptism
    a sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
    Sikhs who have taken Amrit, a ritual similar to baptism, observe them all.
  31. relinquish
    part with a possession or right
    Before relinquishing control of its Indian Empire in 1947, Britain divided it in two.
  32. persecution
    causing someone to suffer
    Ten million Sikhs were forced to relocate to escape persecution.
  33. overt
    open and observable; not secret or hidden
    It's just hard to be overt in a tight space like a gym, so they'll do quiet stuff, subtle stuff.
  34. nonviolence
    peaceful resistance to a government
    Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence is similar to Christ's.
  35. partition
    separation by the creation of a boundary that divides
    Everyone knows him for his nonviolence stuff, but he's the one who wanted the partition of India driven by Winston Churchill and his planners.
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