The Things They Carried Vocabulary Flashcards

The Things They Carried Vocabulary Flashcards
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Surreal
Weird and unusual, so strange as to seem unreal
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Rectitude
Decency, moral correctness or virtue, honorable conduct
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Skittish
Jumpy and excitable, ill at ease
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Ruthless
Merciless, cruel, lacking compassion
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Reticence
Reserved and restrained. Deliberately staying quiet for privacy or some other reason.
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Acquiescence
Resignation or acceptance of something, usually reluctantly but without a fight
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Eviscerated
To be disemboweled, or have the guts removed
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Amortizing
To reduce a debt through consistent payments over time
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Ambiguities
Things that can mean or be two different things simultaneously, and which might be unclear
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Volition
The will, choice, or capacity to make one's own decision
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Laxity
The quality of being laid back, 'lax', or loose about something
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Flashcard Content Overview

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried is book inspired by the author's memories of his time serving as a soldier during the Vietnam War. This flashcard set is designed to review some of the less commonly known words he uses when recounting these stories. Review this vocabulary set to better understand and visualize what is happening as you read the novel.

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This set of flashcards is a helpful study tool for learning and reviewing vocabulary words in Tim O'Brien's 1990 novel, The Things They Carried. Each card provides a vocabulary term on the front side, so that you can quiz yourself on the definition before checking the back side to see if you have gotten it right. Remember that you can also access this flashcard set on your phone or tablet, so that it is at hand to review whenever you have available study time!

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Back
Laxity
The quality of being laid back, 'lax', or loose about something
Volition
The will, choice, or capacity to make one's own decision
Ambiguities
Things that can mean or be two different things simultaneously, and which might be unclear
Amortizing
To reduce a debt through consistent payments over time
Eviscerated
To be disemboweled, or have the guts removed
Acquiescence
Resignation or acceptance of something, usually reluctantly but without a fight
Reticence
Reserved and restrained. Deliberately staying quiet for privacy or some other reason.
Ruthless
Merciless, cruel, lacking compassion
Skittish
Jumpy and excitable, ill at ease
Rectitude
Decency, moral correctness or virtue, honorable conduct
Surreal
Weird and unusual, so strange as to seem unreal
Anarchy
A lack of governmental authority or law, and the disorder that could follow
Mundane
Ordinary, uninteresting and common
Rout
A messy retreat following defeat in battle
Cadre
A specialized team or unit with particular training and skills
Feigned
To give a phony impression, to intentionally fake or deceive
Happenstance
Coincidences, things that happen by chance
Forfeit
To surrender, to give up the fight and admit loss
Skeptic
Someone who questions or doubts commonly held views
Taut
Tightly pulled, the opposite of loose
Peril
Threat of serious or life-threatening danger
Lucid
Clear and transparent. Figuratively, clear and understandable (like an idea)

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