To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Study Guides ECHS C. Edge. Chapter 1 Vocabulary. Context Clues. Consider the underlined word in each of the following sentences and choose the most appropriate meaning based on context clues.
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1. When Jem’s arm healed, and his fear of never being able to play football was assuaged, he was seldom self-conscious about his injury.
a. deciphered b. completed c. relieved d. impressed
2. The Radleys kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in our town.
a. forecast b. dilemma c. event d. inclination
3. The people ambled across the square, shuffled in and out of stores around it, took their time about everything.
a. rushed b. walked slowly c. skipped d. skated
4. The house looked so eerie that we were sure a malevolent phantom lived inside.
a. evil b. kind c. transparent d. cheerful
1. b., 2. d., 3. a., 4. c.
1. articulate, 2. rudiments, 3. obstreperous, 4. mausoleum
5. ___ furniture tends to be less ornate than its Victorian counterparts.
6. Lack of sleep will cause even the most mild-mannered person to become ___.
7. After twenty years of unselfish service to his political party, no one would doubt the ___ of his motives.
8. It is refreshing to observe the ___ of young children.
5. contemporary, 6. cantankerous, 7. rectitude, 8. guilelessness
Consider the underlined words in the following sentences taken
from the novel. Use context clues to determine the meaning of each
word, and then check your definition with a dictionary. Record your
responses in the chart provided.
Word Your definition Dictionary Definition
a. shyness b. rashness c. cleverness d. stupidity
a. serious b. trusting c. intelligent d. distrustful
a. careful b. foolish c. legal d. absurd
a. add b. obliterate c. belittle d. exaggerate
a. invigorated b. saddened c. annoyed d. tired