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The Interlopers

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