Dreams from My Father: Vocabulary Review, Unit 1
Words can be categorized by topic. The table below lists categories of topics discussed in Chapter 1. Below the table is a list of words and phrases. Write the letter of the category the phrase relates to.
A. Racial Relations / racial slurs B. Inner city urban life/ bad economic conditions C. social norms (unwritten rules) / indicators of social class D. Personality traits / ways of thinking, feeling, and acting
Match the words and phrases below with the appropriate category above. Write the letter of the category next to the phrase. Use CAPITAL letters -A, B, C, or D. Click the highlighted text to hear the word and its definition.
to sit out on the fire escape to be a prominent farmer to be wary of something live a solitary life/live in solitude to think one a kindred spirit treeless and barren to be sure of oneself to hear gunshots to grow skeptical of something to be adamant about something miscegenation lineage that was a source of shame soot-colored walk-ups abrupt and imperious to pace in vigilant patrol to show great promise to hang out on the stoop bigot / bigotry nigger / wop the pioneer spirit conformity, respectability and status standards of decency farm foreclosures to live off odd jobs racism / racist too young to live on her own provincial and tactless a liberal freethinker the mortified look unspoken codes governing life to be filled with apprehension to be a loner to have eccentricities to give (someone) a piece of one's mind to be kept on the outside looking in instability and violent temper indenturing system internment of Japanese Americans to make off-color jokes