"A Sound of Thunder" Vocabulary


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"A Sound of Thunder" Vocabulary

  1. 1. Vocabulary Terms for
  2. 2. <ul><li>The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado (for example) or delay, accelerate, or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in a certain location. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events. Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different; i.e. no tornado. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>While the butterfly does not &quot;cause&quot; the tornado in the sense of providing the energy for the tornado, it does &quot;cause&quot; it in the sense that the flap of its wings is an essential part of the initial conditions resulting in a tornado, and without that flap that particular tornado would not have existed. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>“ Eckels glanced across the vast office at a mass and tangle, a snaking and humming of wires and steel boxes, at an aurora that flickered now orange, now silver, now blue.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) sound </li></ul><ul><li>B) action </li></ul><ul><li>C) light </li></ul><ul><li>D) intelligence </li></ul>C) light
  6. 6. <ul><li>a light that changes color; daybreak; dawn </li></ul><ul><li>On some nights the western sky is an aurora of orange, then red until it dissolves into black. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>“ ‘ And all the families of the families of the families of that one mouse! With a stamp of your foot, you annihilate first one, then a dozen, then a thousand, a million, a billion possible mice!’ &quot; </li></ul><ul><li>A) to destroy </li></ul><ul><li>B) to increase </li></ul><ul><li>C) to preserve </li></ul><ul><li>D) to help </li></ul>A) To destroy
  8. 8. <ul><li>to destroy completely; wipe out </li></ul><ul><li>I thought dinosaurs were annihilated millions of years ago; therefore, I was surprised when I saw one in my backyard! </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ ‘ So the caveman starves. And the caveman, please note, is not just any expendable man, no! He is an entire future nation.’” </li></ul><ul><li>A) useful </li></ul><ul><li>B) unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>C) extinct </li></ul><ul><li>D) governing </li></ul>B) unnecessary
  10. 10. <ul><li>dispensable; unnecessary </li></ul><ul><li>Many people think the spleen is the expendable organ, but it actually makes a lot of white blood cells which help you fight serious illnesses. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ ‘ Correct. Crushing certain plants could add up infinitesimally . A little error here would multiply in sixty million years, all out of proportion.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) microscopically </li></ul><ul><li>B) importantly </li></ul><ul><li>C) visibly </li></ul><ul><li>D) largely </li></ul>A) microscopically
  12. 12. <ul><li>in steps so small as to be immeasurable or incalculable; extremely small; microscopic </li></ul><ul><li>Humans have an infinitesimal amount of bacteria on their skin. </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>“ It came on great oiled, resilient , striding legs. It towered thirty feet above half of the trees, a great evil god, folding its delicate watchmaker's claws close to its oily reptilian chest.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) light and stiff </li></ul><ul><li>B) weak and bendable </li></ul><ul><li>C) heavy and weighted </li></ul><ul><li>D) strong and flexible </li></ul>D) strong and flexible
  14. 14. <ul><li>Strong; flexible; the ability to recover easily after a serious misfortune (as with a person) </li></ul><ul><li>Hopefully, the Carmel High School students are resilient and will recover quickly if they contract the H1N1 virus. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ Each lower leg was a piston, a thousand pounds of white bone, sunk in thick ropes of muscle, sheathed over in a gleam of pebbled skin like the mail of a terrible warrior.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) decorated </li></ul><ul><li>B) painted </li></ul><ul><li>C) covered </li></ul><ul><li>D) released </li></ul>C) covered
  16. 16. <ul><li>enclosed in a protective covering </li></ul><ul><li>Our organs are sheathed in bone and skin to protect them from injury. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>“ In the slime, tiny insects wriggled, so that the entire body seemed to twitch and undulate , even while the monster itself did not move.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) move in smooth waves </li></ul><ul><li>B) run without hesitation </li></ul><ul><li>C) stop often and abruptly </li></ul><ul><li>D) scrape repeatedly </li></ul>A) Move in smooth waves
  18. 18. <ul><li>to move in waves or in a smooth, wave-like motion </li></ul><ul><li>A cat’s tail undulates for quite a while before the cat bounces on its prey. </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>“ ‘ I'll have to report to the government. They might revoke our license to travel. Who knows what he's done to Time, to History!’&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>A) to enforce </li></ul><ul><li>B) to cancel </li></ul><ul><li>C) to speed up </li></ul><ul><li>D) to renew </li></ul>B) To cancel
  20. 20. <ul><li>to cancel or withdraw </li></ul><ul><li>Your driver’s license may be revoked if you are caught drinking and driving. </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>“ The jungle was alive again, full of the old tremorings and bird cries. Eckels turned slowly to regard the primeval garbage dump, that hill of nightmares and terror.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) modern </li></ul><ul><li>B) ancient </li></ul><ul><li>C) decaying </li></ul><ul><li>D) foreign </li></ul>B) ancient
  22. 22. <ul><li>belonging to the earliest times or ages. </li></ul><ul><li>Dinosaurs belong to the primeval period. </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>“ Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry of his subliminal senses warned him it was there.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) cleanliness </li></ul><ul><li>B) defense </li></ul><ul><li>C) attack </li></ul><ul><li>D) contamination </li></ul>D) contamination
  24. 24. <ul><li>to harm, spoil, or corrupt </li></ul><ul><li>The strong garlic flavor in the lasagna tainted my taste-buds so that I could not enjoy the dessert. </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>“ Eckels stood smelling of the air, and there was a thing to the air, a chemical taint so subtle, so slight, that only a faint cry of his subliminal senses warned him it was there.” </li></ul><ul><li>A) physical </li></ul><ul><li>B) unconscious </li></ul><ul><li>C) bodily </li></ul><ul><li>D) intelligent </li></ul>B) unconscious
  26. 26. <ul><li>below the threshold of conscious perception </li></ul><ul><li>The students tried sending subliminal messages to the teacher that she should cancel tomorrow’s big test. </li></ul>