The Pigman Vocabulary Flashcards

The Pigman Vocabulary Flashcards
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Hawking
To verbally advertise items for sale to people passing by
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Graft
1. To purposefully transplant a living thing onto something else, or 2. The profit from swindling other people
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Gestapo
From 1933 - 1945, this dangerous and specialized group of secret police officers were some of the most feared Nazis in Germany.
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Epic
Used as an adjective, it means to be amazing, astounding, or legendary; used as a noun, it refers to a long, poetic story, often about legendary characters
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Colossal
Something that is very large, enormous, massive
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Avocation
Something that someone does for fun, as opposed to 'vocation,' which means what someone does for work, or as a career
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Antagonist
Someone who is the opposite of a hero (or protagonist), often very hateful, rude, or grumpy
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Amoebae
Microscopic, single-celled organisms that are the most basic form of animals, often parasitic
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Prank Phone Call
A type of practical joke, which involves calling someone on the telephone and pretending to be someone else, or saying something silly and then hanging up
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Paul Zindel
Author of The Pigman
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The Pigman by Paul Zindel is a young adult novel about a strange relationship that develops between two teenagers and an elderly gentleman during 1960s America. There are several words and phrases in the novel that you might not be familiar with; some because they are sophisticated and some because they are unfamiliar language from fifty years ago. Use this flashcard set to review those words.

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Paul Zindel
Author of The Pigman
Prank Phone Call
A type of practical joke, which involves calling someone on the telephone and pretending to be someone else, or saying something silly and then hanging up
Amoebae
Microscopic, single-celled organisms that are the most basic form of animals, often parasitic
Antagonist
Someone who is the opposite of a hero (or protagonist), often very hateful, rude, or grumpy
Avocation
Something that someone does for fun, as opposed to 'vocation,' which means what someone does for work, or as a career
Colossal
Something that is very large, enormous, massive
Epic
Used as an adjective, it means to be amazing, astounding, or legendary; used as a noun, it refers to a long, poetic story, often about legendary characters
Gestapo
From 1933 - 1945, this dangerous and specialized group of secret police officers were some of the most feared Nazis in Germany.
Graft
1. To purposefully transplant a living thing onto something else, or 2. The profit from swindling other people
Hawking
To verbally advertise items for sale to people passing by
Gypsies
Common name for an ethnic group of Romanians who often lead nomadic lifestyles, some Romani people take offense to this word; can also refer to someone who is a wanderer or traveler
Prevarications
Falsehoods, lies, untruths
Thrombosis
A medical condition where a blood clot prevents the heart from properly pumping blood, could result in a heart attack or stroke
Subconcious
The underlying feelings and thoughts that we have on certain subjects; part of the brain that thinks and feels without us being fully aware of those thoughts or feelings
Schizophrenic
Someone who is suffering from a severe mental disorder that alters their thoughts and feelings, often results in erratic behavior, hearing voices, or terrible mood swings
To Hustle
Used as a verb it means to move quickly, or to try to swindle someone
To Interrogate
To intensely question someone in order to solve a mystery or catch them in a lie
Angelo Pignati
The elderly gentleman who befriends John Conlan and Lorraine Jensen and shares his life story with them
John Conlan
Young male high school student with a troubled family life, who eventually befriends Angelo Pignati
Lorraine Jensen
Sophomore girl, whose prank call brings together herself, Angelo Pignati, and John Conlan in an unlikely friendship

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