Tuesday, 12/3: Scramble, Vocab, Maus

“Daily Scramble, 12/3.” There are a couple of ways to do this one. One is pretty sophisticated!

  • because
  • but
  • to wash his llama
  • the llama looked worse
  • he did not
  • Mr. Johnson hired me
  • a second time
  • than it did before
  • hire me


Reminder: New Vocab Word: anthropomorphic – human shaped.
Example: Art Spiegelman uses anthropomorphic cats and mice to represent the Nazis and the Jews.
Variation: anthropomorphism the tendency to give human traits to other animals.

“Vocab, 12/3.”

  1. ____
  2. ____
  3. _____
  4. _____
  5. The Nazi _____ included racial purity.
  6. A heart attack is a(n) ____ sign of an ongoing disease.
  7. His accent was a(n) ____; he wasn’t really from France.
  8. (see #7) He just thought it made him sound _______.
  9. The camp counselors were too ____ in enforcing the rules, so it wasn’t much fun.
  10. I like turtles” is funny because the line is such a(n) _____.
  11. The Queen of England has ____ but no real power.
  12. During the period between Mardis Gras and Easter, you are supposed to _____ yourself of something you like. It’s supposed to be a difficult thing to do.  (Bonus: What is this period of time called? Bonus 2: What does Mardis Gras mean?)
  13. * The roots of this word mean “beneath stand thing.”


120 Seconds II.

Tips: Practice! Write out your intro! Practice!

Here’s a video of a pretty good example.



  1. (2) What things does Artie say have “taken their toll” on his father?
  2. What physical sign does Vladek still have from the concentration camps?


  • Art, aka Artie, aka Art Spiegelman: The author, Vladek’s son
  • Mala: Vladek’s current wife. Also a survivor like Vladek. She married Vladek after Anja died.
  • Anja (Zybelberg) Spiegelman: Artie’s mom, Vladek’s first wife and true love. Survived the war like Vladek, but committed suicide when Artie was 20 something.
  • Lucia Greenberg: An old girlfriend of Vladek’s from before the war.
  • The Zybelbergs: Anja’s parents. Rich before the war.