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What are the three forms of humorous literature?
Satire, columns, and stories
What is satire?
a type of literary humor that makes fun of foolishness or evil.
alms
charity; a handout
commonwealth
the community as a whole; the nation
deplorable
terrible
grievance
something to complain about
importuning
begging
prodigious
enormous
sustenance
something that supports life, especially food
compute
to count
fricassee
a dish made with cut-up pieces of meat in gravy
nutriment
food
professed
announced publicly
ragout
a stew of meat and vegetables
raiment
clothing
wholesome
healthy
circumstance
an event; a situation
deference
courteous respect for another's wishes
discourse
to discuss
esteem
to think highly of
fore
the front part
refinement
a small change that will improve
tolerably
sufficiently; enough
disoblige
to go against the wishes of
entailing
resulting in
exportation
being sent to another country for sale
inclemency
storms; discomforts
incur
to bring upon oneself
inevitable
sure to happen
visionary
imaginary; not practical
In "A Modest Proposal", Smith begins by writing of the _________________ of Irish mothers.
poverty
These mothers are forced to _________________________.
beg
Swift says something must be done about __________________.
all the poor Irish children
How old are children in Swift's proposal?
one year
Swift proposes that Irish children become _____________________________.
a source of food
Swift thinks English _______________ would be the best customers for children.
landlords
Swift refers to ___________ acquaintance who helped him in this regard.
an American
At one point, Swift proposes to replace _____________ with young lads and maidens.
venison
When Swift suggests there is a country willing to eat up all of Ireland, he means __________________.
England
Swift makes his proprosal for _____________________.
the public good
What is an editorial?
a news writer's personal opinion about an event or topic.
What is sarcasm?
a heavy sometimes mean-spirited kind of irony.
commentary
an explanation; a series of remarks
definitively
finally; completely
millionaire
a person with at least one million dollars
plaudits
strong praise
self-congratulatory
giving praise to oneself
significance
the meaning; the importance
vindication
proof that clears away blame or guilt
debased
lowered in worth
duration
the period of time that something lasts
ensign
a flag
grubby
dirty
makeshift
a temporary substitute
pensioner
a person who receives pay after retiring
racist
referring to another race in an insulting way
banality
the quality of having little meaning
consumption
buying
dictatorial
having the powers of a strong, single ruler
disciplinarian
a person who strictly carries out rules
epithet
an insulting word or phrase
onslaught
a violent attack or charge
ungovernable
not possible to control
In the opening paragraph, the writer refers to Argentina's soccer squad as _____________________.
a dozen or so millionaires
Argentina's victory over England was hailed by many as ____________________.
patriotic vindication.
The writer refers to former Argentina star Diego ______________.
Maradona
The British are only governable during _______________, the writer quotes someone as saying.
war
The writer asks people not to forget the year _____, when government torture occured during the soccer celebrations.
1978
Which stock exchange rose after Argentina won?
MERVAL
During the match the country lost ____________ of GDP, according to one newspaper.
230 million pesos
The English, in their pubs, were __________________.
yelling at foreigners.
The writer worries about the championing of __________________.
banality.
The writer says that England always ____________ at sports they invent
loses
What are columns?
they are articles that appear regularly in periodicals.
What is exaggeration?
a use of words to make something seem worse than it is; stretching the truth to a great extent.
What is a stereotype?
a simplified idea about another person.
footwear
anything worn on the feet
kimono
a long, looose robe with wide sleeves and tied with a sash
mince
to walk with very short steps
traditional
referring to customs followed for many years
westernized
influenced by European or American ways
babble
to make a low, quiet sound like water
bathrobelike
like a robe worn after a bah
cicada
a type of large insect, the males make a loud, humming noise.
futon
a thin mattress usually used on the floor or on a frame
molecule
a tiny bit
via
by way of
aquatic
living in or on water
capillary
a tiny blood vessel
cormorant
a water bird
hyperactive
very active
pelican
a large bird whose bill has a pouch that holds fish
political activist
a person who takes action to bring about political change
pulverize
to pounds into a powder
diversion
something that entertains
flamethrower
a military weapon that sends out a stream of burning fuel
pedestrian
a person who travels on foot
squabble
to quarrel; to argue about something small
ticked off
a slang term meaning to be annoyed or angry
The author arrives in the Japanese city of ___________.
Kyoto
A traditional Japanese inn is called a ____________.
ryokan
At the inn, the family is met by ___________________.
three somen in kimonos.
Dave Barry thinks Hai domo means______________________.
yes, very.
They came to call their maid the ____________________.
Very Lady
Barry complains about the __________________.
cicadas
Barry says an interesting tourist activity is to go see the ____________________.
cormorant fishing
To view the fishing, Barry, and his family went to a town called ___________.
Uji
The fishermen use ____________ to attract fish.
fire
Barry threatens to kill the cicadas with ______________.
a flamethrower