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Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary Flashcards

Flowers for Algernon Vocabulary Flashcards
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Labyrinth
A winding maze. An intricate and complicated path that one can get lost in.
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Anguish
An emotional or mental pain. A feeling of being extremely upset or distressed.
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Inferior
Having a lower rank or ability than another. Inferior is the opposite of 'superior' and means that something is considered lower, smaller, weaker, or less than.
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Etymology
The study of how and where specific words began, and how they changed over time. Etymology explains how similar words share common roots.
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Blundering
To be clumsy or fail to move as intended. To stumble or be careless in how one moves.
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Insight
Seeing and understanding more deeply. An insight can be a particular understanding, or insight can refer to one's regular ability to perceive clearly.
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Motivation
Something that spurs or causes a behavior or action. An inspiration or force that leads one to act.
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Flashcard Content Overview

This set of flashcards reviews some of the challenging vocabulary words that readers will come across in Daniel Keyes' Flowers for Algernon. Review these flashcards to prepare, so that you can better understand what is happening as the story unfolds. Each flashcard contains one vocabulary word on the front of the card and a definition on the back. After a few rounds of reviewing definitions, try quizzing yourself to see if you can correctly remember the definition on your own!

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Motivation
Something that spurs or causes a behavior or action. An inspiration or force that leads one to act.
Insight
Seeing and understanding more deeply. An insight can be a particular understanding, or insight can refer to one's regular ability to perceive clearly.
Blundering
To be clumsy or fail to move as intended. To stumble or be careless in how one moves.
Etymology
The study of how and where specific words began, and how they changed over time. Etymology explains how similar words share common roots.
Inferior
Having a lower rank or ability than another. Inferior is the opposite of 'superior' and means that something is considered lower, smaller, weaker, or less than.
Anguish
An emotional or mental pain. A feeling of being extremely upset or distressed.
Labyrinth
A winding maze. An intricate and complicated path that one can get lost in.
Resent
To feel angry at another person, event, or thing. To hold a grudge against another and feel bitter.
Quarrel
An argument. A small disagreement or dispute.
Vacuous
Mindless or lacking in thought or substance. Vacuous is like a 'vacuum' in that it describes something empty (empty of thought or intelligence).
Incoherent
Something that does not come together in a sensible or understandable way. Something that is unclear and difficult to make sense of.
Regression
To revert back to a previous undesirable condition. To return to how something was earlier, usually in a bad sense.
Erratic
Sporadic, unpredictable, and inconsistent. Failing to follow a steady, even pattern.
Dissociation
To feel separate and disconnected from something that one was previously closely connected to.
Deteriorate
The opposite of improve. To worsen, grow weaker, or start to fall apart.

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