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Vocab list from prologue and chapter 1 of Red Scarf Girl

Chairman Mao

national leader of Communist revolution; dictator of China for 25 years

Young Pioneers

group of loyal young Communists

audition

a tryout for a performing arts role

da-dui-zhang

student chairman; like our Leadership Council

political background investigation

a check into someone's past and associations, like a CIA/NSA investigation

class status

socioeconomic status; social background of family

troupe

a group of performing artists such as dancers or actors

Charlie Chaplin

American silent film star and physical comedian of 20th century, known for pantomime and satirical humor

Zeno

ancient Greek mathematician

Shanghai

setting of novel; family's home city; largest city in present-day China

French window

large floor-to-ceiling door with windows that opens onto a balcony or patio

Jiang's salon

a group or meeting place of artists of like mind; from French salon, word literally means "a room"; beauty salon (not saloon, a drinking establishment, although derived from same word)

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