VocabularyTerms you should be familiar with as you read. • collaborate 8. proposition • commend 9. ransom • comply 10. surreptitiously • diatribe • impudent • palatable • pervade
Ransom of Red Chief • Bas-relief—slightly raised; a kind of sculpture carved so that figures stand out only slightly from the flat surface. • Brake—a thick grouping of trees or undergrowth. • Court plaster—adhesive cloth for covering superficial cuts or scratches on the skin, used in the 18th century.
Ransom of Red Chief 4. Crabbed hand—handwriting that is difficult to read. 5. Bedlam—an insane asylum 6. Calliope—an instrument fitted with steam whistles, played by a keyboard.
Ransom of Red Chief Vocabulary 7. Apparition—a sudden or unusual sight; Bill meant an “aberration,” a moving away from the normal to the atypical. 8. Undeleterious—harmless 9. Philoprogenitiveness—love for one’s own children. 10. Radius—range or area.
Ransom of Red Chief 11. Magic lantern views—an early slide projector used to show an enlarged image of a picture, popular in the 19th century. 12. Dassent—dare not 13. King Herod—ruler of Judea from 39 B.C. to 4 B.C. At one point, he ordered the execution of all boys in Bethlehem younger than 2 years old.
Vocabulary 1. apparition - a ghostly figure2. deleterious - having a harmful effect3. philoprogenitive - producing many children or offspring, the loving and caring of children4. lackadaisical - lacking spirit or interest5. diatribe - thunderous, verbal attack6. christen - to name and dedicate as in a ceremony7. emit - to give out or send8. reconnoiter - to survey, to get the lay of the land
Ransom of Red Chief 9. Decry—to minimize or make light of. 10. Depredation—robbery or plundering. 11. Cauterized—burned a wound in order to stop bleeding or to promote healing.
Extra Vocabulary 9. contiguous - neighboring, sharing a boundary10. somnolent - drowsy, sleepy11. sylvan - abounding in trees; a wooded area12. peremptory - firmly determined, dictatorial13. decry - to condemn openly14. collaborate - to work together, to cooperate15. proclivities - a natural disposition16. calliope - a musical instrument with steam whistles and played with keys like an organ
Making Inferences 9/29 • An inference takes information from the selection added to your opinion or what you know to come up with a judgment or inference. Selection Information + what you know ___________________ Judgment or inference
Essay Questions “Ransom of Red Chief” Choose one only. • Why do you think Ebenezer Dorset didn’t want to pay the ransom for his son? Give reasons with examples from the story to support your answer. • In your view, who got the best of the kidnapping situation—Red Chief, Ebenezer Dorset, or Sam? Give details from the story to support your answer.
Study Guide for Ransom of Red Chief • Study vocabulary • How do the neighbors, the father, and the kidnappers feel about the return of Red Chief?
Irony • A contrast or contradiction between what is stated and what is meant or between what is expected and what actually happens. • Situational irony: a contradiction between what happens and what is expected to happen. • Verbal irony: when a word or phrase is used to suggest the opposite of its usual meaning.
Verbal and Situational Irony • Make two columns on your paper. • Head one verbal irony • Head one situational irony • Write a definition for each and come up with 4 examples of each. • You will turn this in after completion of the selection.