"La Bamba" vocabulary and literature test

Created by dcaufield Teacher

vocabulary for the short story "La Bamba"

yearned

to want something very much

impress

to get admiration or feel admiration for someone; to affect or influence in a favorable way

pantomime

to act without speech and only gestures

flailing

to move or wave arms about uncontrollably

debut

a first appearance publicly

snickering

to laugh with disrespect

whizzed

to move by quickly making a hissing or buzzing sound; sped or raced

commotion

a lot of noise, confusion, or excitement; a disturbance

maneuvered

to move, manipulate or manage with skill; steered or moved

limelight

a lot of attention paid someone because they are famous or are doing something worth noticing

pout

to show annoyance or that you are upset by sticking out your lip

Climax

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel is forced to sing the song over and over when the record skips

Rising Action

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel's record rolls across the floor when Benny plays his Trumpet.

Exposition

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel is the fourth of seven children

Falling Action

Which Part of the Plot Line? Everyone tells Manuel how funny he was in the talent show

Resolution

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel isn't sure if he will volunteer next year, but he is relieved the day is over

Inciting Action

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel volunteers to be in the talent show

Exposition

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel wants to impress Petra Lopez

Rising Action

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel is feeling nervous about performing in the talent show.

Falling Action

Which Part of the Plot Line? Manuel's father wonders how he made the record stick.

Person vs. Self

Type of Conflict: Manuel is embarrassed when the record sticks and he has to sing over and over.

Person vs. Person

What type of conflict: Benny's trumpet is loud and causes his record to roll on the floor

Person vs. Self

Type of Conflict: Manuel wonders why he ever volunteered to be in the talent show.

In a plane crash

How did Ritchie Valens die?

17

How old was Ritchie Valens when he died?

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