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I have provided the list of vocabulary words from Chapter 11-13. The word lists include the definition and the use of the word in the context of the novel.
Please take 5 of these words from the list and write at least one full sentence using each word. The assignment should result in a minimum of 5 sentences, each using a word from the provided vocabulary lists.
The use of vocabulary is a method for literary immersion in the time period. It is a good idea to keep a list similar to this for your notes.
Remember, no one is going to read these sentences but me, and I’m all about having fun with an assignment so be fun, be creative, but above all– be accurate.
Nickel Boys Vocab for Chapters 11-13
- bodega (Links to an external site.)small shop selling groceries, especially in a Hispanic areaThe way New Yorkers complained about summer heat, on the subway, in the bodega, made him snicker ever since he got here.
- vestibule (Links to an external site.)a large entrance or reception room or areaThis time whenever he left the vestibule downstairs, the stench was a thicket—he wanted a machete to hack through it.
- transient (Links to an external site.)one who stays for only a short timeEven if he scavenged furniture like a transient, he put down roots.
- untoward (Links to an external site.)not in keeping with accepted standards of what is properHe’d seen her curse out this muscle-bound turkey who whispered something untoward as she passed on the street, she got up in the dude’s face, but a rat made her squeal like a little girl.
- opine (Links to an external site.)express one’s view openly and without fear or hesitationHe opined that maybe it was a dog, but she wasn’t going back today and he was glad to have her.
- discretion (Links to an external site.)freedom to act or judge on one’s ownA typical sentence fell between six months and two years, but the administration had the power to confer a legal discharge before then at its discretion.
- capricious (Links to an external site.)determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessityStill, the law was corrupt and capricious in various measure and sometimes a boy strolled out through what passed for divine intervention.
- abet (Links to an external site.)assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoingYou could die. Of “natural causes” even, if abetted by unhealthy conditions, malnutrition, and the pitiless constellation of negligence.
- wend (Links to an external site.)direct one’s course or wayHis story wending its way through the years.
- gait (Links to an external site.)a person’s manner of walkingFreddie Rich identified candidates by their gait and posture, administration files strengthened the argument, and their treatment by the other boys provided final confirmation.
- fetid (Links to an external site.)offensively malodorousWhen he couldn’t take another step he hid under a lonesome gray house and squatted in the fetid water of the crawl space.
- predation (Links to an external site.)an act of plundering and pillaging and maraudingAs it happened, the Apalachee hounds were deployed elsewhere, attending to the escape of three Piedmont convicts, and Freddie Rich didn’t report Clayton’s disappearance for twenty-four hours, scared as a trapped rat that his predations would be uncovered.
- debasement (Links to an external site.)a change to a lower, less respected stateHad Clayton ever been alone? In the house on that dead-end street in Tampa, his brothers and sisters were ever on top of him, all of them crammed into the three rooms of the rickety shotgun. Then Nickel with its communal debasements.
- wayward (Links to an external site.)resistant to guidance or disciplineBut the students came from all over the state, Pensacola to the Keys, and most families had far to travel if they wanted to see their wayward sons.
- covenant (Links to an external site.)a signed written agreement between two or more partiesMost afternoons they played Monopoly, their game a conspiracy of house rules, obscure covenants, and revenge.
- ebb (Links to an external site.)fall away or declineThen he was up for hours, in a spell, agitated by rickety thoughts and weakened by an ebbing of the spirit.
- complacent (Links to an external site.)contented to a fault with oneself or one’s actionsHe was like one of those Negroes Dr. King spoke of in his letter from jail, so complacent and sleepy after years of oppression that they had adjusted to it and learned to sleep in it as their only bed.
- bluster (Links to an external site.)be gusty, as of windA wind easing after blustering for as long as you could remember.
- harried (Links to an external site.)troubled persistently, especially with petty annoyancesShe was young, maybe twenty-five years old, with a round, open face. Harried yet graceful as she juggled Burt’s baby sister, who squatted in her lap hooting at the bugs.
- adamant (Links to an external site.)impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reasonMr. Marconi had kicked in another hundred after meeting with him, which was out of character, yes, but Mr. Andrews had been adamant and persuasive.