The Pigman by Paul Zindel
mortified, philanthropy, prevaricate, subliminal,
subsidize, aficionado, compulsive, mundane, congeal, avocation
Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, he is
also one of the biggest _______________(ists) in the world.
John likes to _______________. A lot. Lorraine calls it "distorting"
his world verbally.
You might even say John was ________________ about "distorting"
Lorraine was _______________ when she had to bend over to
get her book. She thought sure that everyone was going to be staring at
The bacon grease ___________(ed) in the pan.
Mr. Pignati, we will soon find, is a ceramic pig _____________.
John's ______________ when he was a freshman was setting
Most people wouldn't be interested in the ___________, day-to-day
details of a principal's job.
There is a lot of _____________ advertising in movies. They
call it "product placement."
The government actually ___________(s) the tobacco industry
with payment to farmers, while it spends money advertising the bad effects
The lawyer tricked the witness into admitting his __________(ion).
Lorraine says that John "always has to twist things __________(ly)"
even if he doesn't realize it.
She was _________when her mom chaperoned the dance.
There is a store downtown that caters to cigar __________(s).
His ___________ for flying turned into a career as a pilot.
Unfortunately, he was a ____________ gambler, and lost all
his money in Vegas.
He tried to ________ his gambling habit by taking side jobs,
but he spent that money too.
Life seemed so ____________ until she met the little leprechaun.
If you let the sauce __________ on your plate, the dishwasher
won't take it off.
John and Lorraine pretend to be representing a ____________(ic)
organization called the L & J Fund.
By some ____________ sense, I could feel his presence in
the room, even though I couldn't see or hear him.
The two brothers who hoarded stuff until it killed them,
did so ___________(ly), not really able to stop themselves.
liaison, connoisseur, putrid, fixation, hawk (verb, not
the bird), succinct, oscillate, graft (2), demented
1.He was a _____________ of fine food and
2.The banana had become mushy and __________,
after being out in the sun too long.
3.The policeman accepted __________ to "look
the other way."
4.Please be ___________ in your explanation;
don't drag it on and on.
5.The fan ___________(ed) back and forth.
6.The merchants on the street loudly __________(ed)
7.The police think the killer is ___________,
and not acting logically.
8.Lorraine's mom seems to have a ____________
on keeping Lorraine away from men.
9.The gardener ___________(ed) a new limb
onto the ailing tree.
10.The student body president acted as a ___________
between the students and the administration.
Also: hovel, incongruous
imminent, eminent, regimen, rationale, averse,
accede, prospective, infantile, voluptuous
1. His exercise ____________ includes 150
push-ups a day.
2. He met his ____________ boss at the interview.
3. My mom scolded me for my ___________
behavior after I threw a tantrum.
4. Explain the ____________ for your strange
5. The look for models used to be more ____________
than the thin look that's in today.
6. He was a very _____________ doctor; well
respected and well known.
7. I am _____________ to the idea of higher
8. I hope my parents ______________ to my
9. The cliff is in danger of ______________
collapse; it could happen any minute.
1. I am not exactly _________ to letting
you go by yourself, but I do have my doubts.
2. As a writer, he has a strict ___________
that includes writing at least 1000 words per day.
3. I just couldn't ____________ to the pleas
of the students for less work.
4. They may not understand the _____________
for it now, but the purpose will become clear later in life.
5. Lorraine wonders if John acts ___________
at home, and if that's why his mother is so bizarre.
6. She was a little too _________ for the
shirt she was wearing.
7. They scoured the phone book, looking
for ____________ victims for their phone pranks.
8. Sometimes cities use their power of
"____________ domain," or higher authority, to condemn and tear down houses
that are in the way of things like freeways and stadiums.
9. Lorraine keeps seeing omens of ____________
10. avocation : vocation :: whim : __________
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