Vocabulary and Terms for the short story "The Interlopers".

precipitous

extremely steep

acquiesce

to agree or give in to

marauder

one who raids and loots

archetype

a pattern that appears repeatedly in literature

pious

showing religious devotion

homophones

words that sound alike but have different spellings

condolence

an expression of sympathy

languor

a lack of feeling or energy

reconciliation

friendly end to a quarrel

succor

help in a difficult situation

omniscient narrator

someone who knows everything about everyone in the story

surprise (ironic) ending

resolves a story's conflict in a totally unexpected way

context clues

clues in the text surrounding a word as to its meaning

theme

a message about life or human nature that the writer wants to communicate

setting

where and when a story takes place

monitor

"Good readers automatically check, or ____, their comprehension of what they read."

clarifying

One way to check your comprehension is "by ______ difficult passages."

game

animals hunted for sport

poaching affrays

noisy quarrels about hunting on someone else's property

roebuck

a male roe deer

skirling

a shrill cry or sound

pinioned

restrained or immobilized

open

term for a mild winter

Sylvester night

New Year's Eve, the feast day of Saint Sylvester (Pope Sylvester I)

pestilential

likely to spread and cause disease

interloper

one who intrudes in a place, situation, or activity

draft

a gulp or swallow

conflict

a struggle between opposing forces

mood

feeling or atmosphere that a writer creates for the reader

climax

point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest; usually the point at which the conflict is resolved

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