Study your flashcards anywhere!

Download the official Cram app for free >

  • Shuffle
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Alphabetize
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Front First
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Both Sides
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
  • Read
    Toggle On
    Toggle Off
Reading...
Front

How to study your flashcards.

Right/Left arrow keys: Navigate between flashcards.right arrow keyleft arrow key

Up/Down arrow keys: Flip the card between the front and back.down keyup key

H key: Show hint (3rd side).h key

A key: Read text to speech.a key

image

Play button

image

Play button

image

Progress

1/8

Click to flip

8 Cards in this Set

  • Front
  • Back
distorted

"My father's voice was distorted."

p. 292r
definition: twisted, changed from its usual form, "bent out of shape"

meaning parts: dis = down, away, or apart; tort = bend (The voice was changed from its usual form, "bent" so it sounded very different.)

own sentence/new context:



drone

"My mother's voice made a flat, distancing drone, a sound that said 'not you, not what you say, never, nothing, no.'"

p. 292r
definition: to talk in a dull, boring way without going higher or lower in tone or pitch

meaning parts: none

own sentence/new context:



gratitude

His mother knew exactly what to do: she'd change the locks so they'd be safe. The author "felt gratitude, so much gratitude it knocked the wind out of me."

p. 293 r
definition: thankful

meaning parts: grat = pleased, pleasing

own sentence/new context:

tremor

"The three of us were playing together when I felt the tremor of my parents' argument on the stairs."

p. 292r
definition: shaking or trembling

meaning parts: trem = tremble

own sentence/new context:


distracted

The next day the author wished he had distracted his parents "before the fight got so bad."

p. 293 r
definition: draw attention or concentration away from one thing toward something else

meaning parts: dis = down, away, apart; trac = pull (to pull attention away from something)

own sentence/new context:

dispute

A familiar dispute between the author's father and mother had begun.

p. 292r
definition: an argument; fight with words, shouting, etc.

word parts: dis = away or apart; put = to cut or to think in the sense of to analyze, see differences, investigate. (A dispute "cuts people apart" just as amputating a finger "cuts it off from the rest of the body."

own sentence/new context:

traitor

His mother offered to hug the author, but he hesitated..."I stood alone, learning to feel like a traitor."

p. 293r
definition: a person who is disloyal or betrays his country; in this case, the author feels disloyal to his mother and his father

meaning parts: don't help

own sentence/new context:

thumped

"...something thumped dully down the stairs."

p. 292r
definition: to hit the ground with a dull sound; a hollow sounding thud

meaning parts: don't help

own sentence/new context: