The Outsiders
Vocabulary
connotation, denotation, infer, bleak, nonchalant, gingerly, rueful, savvy, conform, sage (Not the herb!)
  1. Even though I was nervous, I tried to act cool and _____________.
  2. I handled the delicate vase very ____________.
  3. Even though he may not be "book-smart" he has a lot of ___________ about the world.
  4. Not every member of a group _______________(s) exactly to our image of that group.
  5. The landscape of the moon is lifeless and very ________.
  6. My grandfather gave me some very _______ advice
  7. "I shouldnít have done that," he said with a _______ sigh.
  8. The detective tried to _________who the criminal was from the clues he left behind.
  9. Though their a)connotations/denotations are similar, the words nosy and curious have very different b)connotations/denotations.
  10. My friend has a lot of basketball _______. He just seems to have a natural feel for the game.
  11. I touched the bruise on my cheek  ____________.
  12. The coach accused me of being too __________ at practice. He thought I should take the game more seriously.
  13. After the accident, her outlook on life became very___. She seemed to have no hope any more.
  14. I wish I had done my homework," I thought__________(ly).
  15. I was able to ______ the meaning of the word from the way it was used in the sentence.
  16. A person who doesnít like to ____________ to the group is often called an outsider.
  17. The _____________ of a word is its dictionary definition.
  18. The _____________ of a word is what it makes you think of.
  19. Two-Bit nodded his head _____(ly), and said, "It would have been wiser to have someone pick you up."

aloof, elite, dumbfounded, ornery, contemptuous, gallant, foreshadow, stereotype

  1. He wasnít unfriendly, just a little __________.
  2. The soldiers __________(ly) rode into battle to defend their homes.
  3. The small children were getting a bit _________ and needed a time-out.
  4. He looked at the criminal ________(ly). This guy deserved any punishment he got.
  5. Sometimes an author will ____________ what will happen next.
  6. I was ____________ when we found the treasure. I never thought we would.
  7. He thinks he is part of an ________ group of people who are "better" that the rest of us.
  8. Dally seems like the _____________ of a greaser. Pony doesn't seem like the type.
gingerly, elite, gallant, contemptuous, aloof, stereotype, bleak, dumbfounded, foreshadow, nonchalant, ornery, savvy
  1. "The Socs were always behind a wall of _________(ness), careful not to let their real selves show through."
  2. At the end of Chapter Two, Pony says, "I know better now." This is an example of ___________(ing), where the author hints that something will happen to change Pony's mind.
  3.  If you make the Scholar List you are a part of the educational ________.
  4. "Two-Bit __________(ly) offered to walk the girls home--the west side of town was only about twenty miles away." (What a gentleman!)
  5. "'No...' Two-Bit said, ___________. 'No, Ponyboy, that ain't right...you got it wrong...'" (Two-Bit was almost speechless.)
  6. "Mickey Mouse was a dark-gold buckskin, sassy and _________, not much more than a colt."
  7. "'Okay,' Pony said _____________(ly), 'might as well.'" (He was trying to act tuff for the girls.)
  8. "'Who is it?' Two-Bit asked. 'The F.B.I.?'...'No,' Cherry said ________(ly), 'it's Randy and Bob.'" (Things look hopeless.)
  9. Dally spat ___________(ly) as he thought of what the Socs did to Johnny.
  10. Dally is the ___________(ical) greaser, but Pony is not.

dogged (adj), indignant, conducive, wistful, implore, subside, acquit, leery
  1. I _____________(ed) my mom to let me go to the movies.
  2. I was _______________ when Dad blamed me for breaking the lamp instead of my sister.
  3. Pony was ________________ when he thought of what life might be like in the country.
  4. I am ________________ of someone who promises me something for nothing.
  5. She is known for her _______________ determination. She never gives up.
  6. Listening to the stereo is not ________________ to studying.
  7. The jury _____________(ed) the man, and he was set free.
  8. The storm finally _____________(ed), and the sun came out.
elude, ironic, credible, incredulous, credulous, facade, premonition, bootleg
  1. I tried to act cheerful, but it was just a ________. I was really depressed inside.
  2. Pony had a __________ that something bad might happen in the old church.
  3. The criminal ran through the alley to __________ the police.
  4. Cherry was ___________ that Dally tried to bring her a Coke. She couldnít believe it!
  5. My mom didnít think my excuse was ____________. She didnít believe a word of it.
  6. His friend gave him a ___________ copy of the video game.
  7. It was ____________ that the police station was robbed.
  8. The ___________ kid from the country was an easy target for the savvy con-man from New York.
  9. Latin root: cred = ____________
wistful, rueful, irony, subside, indignant, acquit, implore, facade, leery, conducive, dogged, fathom, nonchalant
     
  1. "Youíre hungry?" he said ___________(ly), "I'm the one who hasn't eaten all day!"
  2. Johnny persisted ___________(ly) in asking about his parents.
  3. "If only I had a million dollars," I thought __________(ly).
  4. The students __________(ed) the teacher to go easy on them.
  5. My parents were a little ______ about the crowd I was hanging out with.
  6. Pony looked at Johnny _________(ingly). "Please don't cut my hair!"
  7. "It's not fair!" I cried ___________(ly).
  8. Johnny would probably be ________(ed) on the charge of murder.
  9. A good attitude is very __________ to doing well in school.
  10. The team's _________ defense is what kept them in the game.
  11. A savvy person is usually more _______ than a credulous one.
  12. Moisture and heat help create an environment _________ to the growth of bacteria.
incredulous, fathom, premonition, gingerly, credible, irony, elude, savvy, foreshadow, facade, gallant, credulous
  1. Maybe Dallyís cold unfeeling exterior is simply a ______ that hides his true feelings.
  2. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still __________(ed) me.
  3. As Pony entered the scary old church, he had a ____________ that something bad might happen.
  4. The boys ran away because they thought the police would not find their story ________;  they thought the fuzz would believe the Socs, and not some greasers.
  5. An obvious mistake on Mr. Coward's "Perfect" web page is an example of __________.
  6. Pony's jaw dropped ____________(ly) when Cherry said she might fall in love with Dally.
  7. It is very _________(ic) that Cherry seems to have fallen for Dally.
  8. He was such a smooth talker, I __________(ly) fell for his scam.
  9. The bank's ___________ was cracked and damaged by the wind, but the inside was fine.
  10. The Socs ran to _________ responsibility for their actions.
incredulous, fathom, premonition, gingerly, credible, irony, elude, savvy, foreshadow, facade, gallant, credulous
  1. Maybe Dallyís cold unfeeling exterior is simply a ______ that hides his true feelings.
  2. Even after I read the poem three times, the meaning still __________(ed) me.
  3. As Pony entered the scary old church, he had a ____________ that something bad might happen.
  4. The boys ran away because they thought the police would not find their story ________;  they thought the fuzz would believe the Socs, and not some greasers.
  5. An obvious mistake on Mr. Coward's "Perfect" web page is an example of __________.
  6. Pony's jaw dropped ____________(ly) when Cherry said she might fall in love with Dally.
  7. It is very _________(ic) that Cherry seems to have fallen for Dally.
  8. He was such a smooth talker, I __________(ly) fell for his scam.
  9. The bank's ___________ was cracked and damaged by the wind, but the inside was fine.
  10. The Socs ran to _________ responsibility for their actions.
illicit, elicit, discreet, discrete, vain, leery, implore, nonchalant, indignant, patronize

    "Please, please, please, let me go to the party, Mom!" I said (1)_______________(ingly), but she was (2)_____________ about the crowd I was hanging with. She thought they might influence me into some (3)__________ activities. I told her that I would be (4)__________, and make good decisions, but that only (5)__________(ed) an angry response from her. She said I was being too (6)______________ about the risks involved, and that I ought to take her more seriously. She explained that life was made up of a million (7)____________ decisions, and each one was important.  I got (8)____________ with her for treating me like a gullible little kid. I told her to quit (9)_____________(ing) me, and that she had taught me enough (10)____________(ion) to make the right decisions. She liked that one, and finally let me go.

discreet, discrete, vain, elicit, illicit, patronize (2)
  1. The gang tried to talk me into some ________ activities like vandalism.
  2. Please be ________ when someone tells you a secret.
  3. I did not want to be __________(ed); I felt I was savvy enough to make my own decisions.
  4. The teacher tried to _______ the correct response from the students by giving hints.
  5. The process is made up of many _______ steps.
  6. I never ___________(ed)  that store again after they were rude to me.
  7. He is very _______ about his appearance. He is always checking himself out it the mirror.
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