Wednesday, 5/22: YEE #2, Vocabulary, Tom Sawyer

YEE #2! (Yee Haw!) Remember: the first four answers are EXACTLY THE SAME as yesterday’s!

“Vocabulary, 5/22.”

  1. Injun Joe has ______ plans for revenge on the Widow Douglas.
  2. The origin of this word is a slang mixup of the words romp and frolic. _____
  3. Tom felt lonely and _____(n) after Becky dumped him, and Aunt Polly punished him for something he didn’t do.
  4. The boys didn’t say anything, but their looks and gestures _____(ed) a lot.
  5. The origin of this word is the Old English word for lessen.
  6. The workload in the “accelerated” class was so ______ that many dropped out.
  7. In parades and such, the pope is _______(ed) in a bulletproof Popemobile.
  8. Some people find the heat in the tropics _____. They find it’s too hot for them to do much of anything.
  9. Dally’s childhood on the streets left him angry, street-wise, and _____.
  10. The root of this word means to die.
  11. (2) The _____(ous) ______ of protesters noisily pushed through the barriers.
  12. (2) First the moon ____(s) to being full, and then it starts to _____.


Tom Sawyer Quiz – 29.”

  1. Where do Tom and Becky plan to go after the picnic?
  2. Only a few of the parents went on the picnic with the kids. a) True b) False
  3. Injun Joe wants revenge on the Widow for something she did to him a long time ago. a) True b) False
  4. What is the Welshman’s reaction when Huck knocks on his door to tell him about Injun Joe?
  5. At the end of chapter 29, Huck is shot. a) True b) False


Tom Sawyer, Chapter 30.

Wednesday, 5/8: Spelling + Bee, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Tomorrow’s Test: What? Already? Spelling, Vocabulary, Tom Sawyer

“Spelling, 5/8.” (8) For 1-4, write the wrong one correctly or write “all correct” if they are.

  1. a) scissers  b) fragile  c) congestion  d) all correct
  2. a) digestion  b) infraction  c) insision d) all correct
  3. a) insignia  b) critique  c) hypocrit d) all correct
  4. a) decisive  b) designate,  c) criticism d) all correct
  5. “breakable” = _____
  6. “Cut away ish” =_____
  7. (2) “judgement” = _____

Spelling Bee. All words so far are included! Highest percent accuracy = Winner! 75% accuracy to receive extra credit.

“Vocabulary, 5/8.” gratify, cacophony, wreak, rapt, effusive, nigh, saunter, conjecture, vogue, pliable

  1. Tom went behind the limestone “waterfall” in order to use his candle to light it up to _____ Becky.
  2. A zero ____(s) much more damage on your grade than just an F.
  3. Young brains are very ____ and can be easily influenced.
  4. The end of the school year is ____; please don’t give up now.
  5. After Cherry told Dally to get lost, he just smiled and ____(ed) away.
  6. Batman’s butler Alfred is not a very _____ person. He is always very calm and reserved.
  7. In Tom’s day, the _____ was to wear shoes with the toes curled up.
  8. There was much _____ in Tom’s school about what was in the Master’s mysterious book.
  9. With dozens of little kids playing and screaming, the birthday party was rather _____(ous).
  10. The boys were ____ as Tom explained his marvelous plan.
  11. The roots of this word mean “foldable.”
  12. The roots of this word mean “jumbled sound.”
  13. The roots of this word mean “together throw thing.”
  14. The roots of this word mean “to pour out.”

Vocab Relay. True/False Stylie.

  1. Cacophony would be rather calming to most people.
  2. Wreak is usually used in a negative way.
  3. If were in a hurry, you would saunter.
  4. Transfixed and rapt are similar in meaning.
  5. If it is Wednesday, Thursday is nigh.
  6. The top of your desk is pliable.
  7. Alyce (Beetle) was very effusive with her emotions.
  8. The root of the word conjecture means “to throw.”
  9. Vaping is very vogue right now.
  10. Most people would be gratified to win the lottery.
  11. There will probably be cacophony at the end of the last day of school.
  12. A’s wreak destruction on your grade.
  13. People usually get effusive at things like weddings and funerals.
  14. Most people would be rapt watching someone saunter.
  15. Gymnasts’ bodies must be pliable.

Tom Sawyer Quiz. (6)

  1. (slang) “slathers” = “a raft” (p158) a) True.  b) False.
  2. (slang) “comb a body” =  smother you with love  (p160)  a) True.  b) False.
  3. (dialect) “shadder”  = shatter or break  (p161)  a) True.  b) False.
  4. (slang) “tackle” = attempt (p163)  a) True.  b) False.
  5. If the lawyer promised not to reveal Huck’s name, why is Huck still worried about Injun Joe? 
  6. The picture was included with chapter 24. Of whom is it a picture?  

Thursday, 5/2: Spelling, Vocab + Relay, Tom Sawyer

Assembly Schedule (3rd period). 45 minute periods.

Tomorrow’s Test: Spelling (like today’s practice), Vocab + SAWs (mostly like yesterday), Tom Sawyer.

“Spelling, 5/2.” Write the correct pair. NOT THE LETTER; THE WORDS! NOT COLLABORATIVE!

  1. group/center   a) corpse/core  b) core/corpse  c) corps/corp  d) corps/core
  2. nugget/rank   a) cernel/kernel  b) colonel/kernel  c) kernel/kernal d) kernel/colonel
  3. hero/inactive   a) idole/idol  b) idel/idol  c) idle/idol  d) idol/idle
  4. Cheerios/#25489   a) serial/cereal  b) cereal/cerial  c) cerial/serial  d) cereal/serial
  5. most important/administrator   a) princapal/princaple  b) principal/principle  c) principle/principal  d) principal/principal
  6. who is/who owns    a) whose/who’s  b) who’s/whose  c) who’se/who’s  d) who’s/whos’
  7. it is/it owns   a) it’s/its  b) its’/its  c) it’s/its’
  8. belongs to them/location   a) their/they’re  b) there/their  c) their/there  d) they’re/there

Yesterday’s Spelling Bee Results:

  1. Period 1: 4 mistakes. (87% accuracy) +3
  2. Period 6: 5 mistakes. (67% accuracy)
  3. Period 2: 8 mistakes. (65% accuracy)
  4. Period 5: 11 mistakes. (63% accuracy)

“Vocab, 5/2.” diverge/converge, marked, incognito, tedious, exacting, folly, vindictive, auspicious, novice, abstain, distinct, attribute, multicultural, facilitate, economic

  1. The economy was strong; it was a(n) _____time to open a new business.
  2. Sometimes the work is _____, but it is important and it still needs to be finished. (Not exacting.)
  3. He was a _____ in the kitchen, so his first recipe didn’t come out very tasty.
  4. After their divorce, he became _____(ly) more bitter and mean. (Not vindictive.)
  5. Tom Sawyer’s pranks are simply youthful _______.
  6. During the period before Easter, you are supposed to ____ from something you enjoy.
  7. Draw a picture of two lines converging and then diverging. (What shape does it make?)
  8. * In a debate, the moderator’s role is to _____ the discussion by asking appropriate questions.


Tom Sawyer. (8p) You may write the CAPITAL letter.

  1. How did the boys get back from the island?
  2. “It ain’t much — a cat does that much.” Does what? a) care. b) eat. c) dream. d) play. e) all of the above.
  3. “There must ‘a’ been an angel there.” a) Aunt Polly, about Tom’s dream. b) Aunt Polly, about how an angel must have kept Tom safe. c) Sid, about Tom’s dream.  d) The minister, about the boys’ adventure.  e) NOTA.
  4. What makes Tom feel like the “guiltiest of villains”? a) Fooling the whole town. b) Getting hugged by Aunt Polly. c) When Sid doesn’t believe him. d) Stealing all the stuff they took to the island. e) NOTA.
  5. Why does Tom think he can do without Becky now? a) He likes Amy Lawrence better anyway. b) He was so popular now after his return. c) He’s tired of her being so fickle. d) He’s found someone new. e) NOTA.
  6. Which one of these is NOT Alfred Temple? a) The boy Becky tries to make Tom jealous with. b) The kid Tom beat up in Chapter 1. c) Becky’s previous boyfriend. d) The boy Becky says this to: “Go away and leave me alone, can’t you? I hate you!” e) He is all of these.
  7. Why does Becky dump Alfred? a) Because he’s boring. b) Because he’s mean. c) Because he’s too nice. d) Because Tom hates him. e) NOTA.
  8. What makes Aunt Polly forgive Tom for lying about his “dream”?

Chapter 20. Tom is “noble”!

Wednesday, 5/1: Spelling + Bee, Vocab, Tom Sawyer

“Spelling, 5/1.” (7)

  1. (3) He saluted the _____, who had been in the Marine _____ for 25 years, and who was the ______ reason behind he himself becoming a Marine.
  2.  (2) it is : ___ :: who owns : ___
  3. antagonist : protagonist :: villain : _____
  4. John murdered the Cheerios and then he offed the Captain Crunch and then he snuffed out the Wheaties. John is a _______ killer. Get it? This is a joke on which pair of words? (Bonus: What kind of joke is it?)

Spelling Bee! How far will your class get before it makes a mistake?

  • All 19 words spelled correctly = +3, 18 = + 2, 17 = +1.  Every 5 past 19 = +1.
  • If no class reaches 17, the class with the highest number gets +2.
  • You have 3 minutes to study up.

“Vocabulary, 5/1.” Once each. One SAW.

  1. “Two roads ____(ed) in a yellow wood…” I took the one less traveled by.
  2. During the period before Easter, you are supposed to ____ from something you enjoy.
  3. The A he received on the first test was a(n) _______ beginning to the quarter.
  4. The morning after Doc Robinson’s murder, the entire town ____(ed) on the scene of the crime.
  5. After he started studying for the tests, he saw a _____ increase in his grade.
  6. His fake nose and mustache combo was a pathetic attempt to go ______.
  7. Since they believed Injun Joe had sold his soul to Satan, they thought it would be ______ to mess with him.
  8. (2) It was a little____ to watch the _____ practice the same basic move over and over.
  9. (2) As Examination Day approached, Mr. Dobbins grew more and more _____, and was ______ about punishing any wrong answer. (The order matters.)
  10. *In the interview, he _____(ed) all his success to listening to his 7th grade English teacher.

Tom Sawyer. (5p)

  1. In the third paragraph of chapter 17, what does it mean when it says Becky “soliloquized”?
  2. Which of these is the caption that was under this illustration in the original edition?  a) “It’s a Miracle!”  b) “Poor Huck”  c) “The Dead Boys”  d) “Tom’s Proudest Moment”  e) “Trouble is Coming”
  3. (2) “Well, Tom Sawyer, he licked me once.” (p 118b, 109w) Why did this person say this? Why was no one impressed?
  4. In the second-to-last paragraph of ch. 17, what does Mark Twain mean by the word “sold”?



Tom Sawyer: I saw it all in a dream! Becky and Tom break up AGAIN! Chapter 18-19.

Tuesday, 4/30 (26): Vocabulary, Husker Du, Tom Sawyer, Spelling Pretest?!

Bonus Homophones:
Spell all three correctly for +3!
Bonus #2: (2) The roots of the word homophone mean _____  _____.

“Spelling Pretest, 4/30.” (9)

  • Number your paper 1-9. Listen and spell each word correctly. Trade and grade.

“Spelling Practice, 4/30.” (7)

  1. Dally was Johnny’s _____.
  2. Do you understand the ____(s) of dividing fractions.
  3. The word ____ comes from the French word for body.
  4. Please check the ____ number on the device you are trying to get help with.
  5. (3) ____ books have been sitting ____ for a long time; I hope ____ coming back soon.

“Vocabulary, 4/30.”  Once each including diverge/converge. The last one is a SAW.

Tom Sawyer Quiz.

  1. (2) The boys had two reasons to be thankful after the big storm. What were they? (Not “they weren’t dead.”)
  2. What made it an “extremely satisfactory day” playing Indians?
  3. (2) “Two of the savages almost wished they had remained pirates.”
  4. How did Tom keep the the boys from leaving the island when they got homesick?

Chapter 17: Pirates at their own funeral!