Monday, February 29, 2016

new portion

Hello! Here is a new portion of vocabulary for you!
a) bilious
b) bellowed
c) headlong
He was nervous and ______ and suffered tortures from indigestion which made him often gloomy and miserable. (  English Literature For Boys And Girls by Marshall, H.E.)
The inky ragged wrack, flying before a nor'-west wind, makes you dizzy with its _____speed that depicts the rush of the invisible air. ( The Mirror of the Sea by Conrad, Joseph)
I don't very well know what I did with my hands, but he called me "Rat!  Rat!" and _____out aloud. (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Bronte)
(Answer:1.a; 2.b; 3 c)

Sunday, February 28, 2016


Hi! Today there is a description of a room. Please pay attention to the bold words and look up the dictionary for them.
The red-room was a square chamber, very seldom slept in, I might say
never, indeed, unless when a chance influx of visitors at Gateshead Hall rendered it necessary to turn to account all the accommodation it
contained: yet it was one of the largest and stateliest chambers in the mansion.  A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle in the centre; the two large windows, with their blinds always drawn down, were half shrouded in festoons and falls of similar drapery; the carpet was red; the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth; the walls were a soft fawn colour with a blush of pink in it; the wardrobe, the toilet-table, the chairs were of darkly polished old mahogany.  Out of these deep surrounding shades rose high, and glared white, the piled-up mattresses and pillows of the bed, spread with a snowy Marseilles counterpane.  Scarcely less prominent was an ample cushioned easy-chair near the head of the bed, also white, with a footstool before it; and looking, as I thought, like a pale throne.

This room was chill, because it seldom had a fire; it was silent, because remote from the nursery and kitchen; solemn, because it was known to be so seldom entered.  The house-maid alone came here on Saturdays, to wipe from the mirrors and the furniture a week's quiet dust: and Mrs. Reed herself, at far intervals, visited it to review the contents of a certain secret drawer in the wardrobe, where were stored divers parchments, her jewel-casket, and a miniature of her deceased husband; and in those last words lies the secret of the red-room--the spell which kept it so lonely in spite of its grandeur. (Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Bronte)

Saturday, February 27, 2016

New Challenge!

a) dingy
b) ferocious
c) bilious
1.     This fellow charged Nobs, whose Capronian experiences had taught him that discretion is the better part of valor--with the result that he dived head foremost into the stream beside me after giving vent to a series of _____growls which had no more effect upon Hyaena spelaeus than might a sweet smile upon an enraged tusker. ( The Land That Time Forgot by Burroughs, Edgar Rice)
2.     It was there also that she ate, keeping her belongings in a rare old buffet, ______and battered from a hundred years of use. ( The Awakening and Selected Short Stories by Chopin, Kate )
3.     One would think you were sick, or_____, or something.(  Adventure by London, Jack)
(Answer: 1.b;2.a;3.c)

Friday, February 26, 2016

vocab practice for today

Here is your vocab practice for today!
a) dingy
b) bilious
c) ferocious
1.     Evidently his mission was to protect me only, I thought, but when we reached the edge of the city he suddenly sprang before me, uttering strange sounds and baring his ugly and ______tusks. ( A Princess of Mars by Burroughs, Edgar Rice)
2.     John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten: large and stout for his age, with a ______and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities.  (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
3.     He gorged himself habitually at table, which made him ______, and gave him a dim and bleared eye and flabby cheeks.  (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
(Answer:1 c; 2.a; 3 b)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Quick Quiz

Here, there is another quick quiz for you!
a) ferocious
b) fain to grope
 c) aldermen
1.The yard was so dark that even Scrooge, who knew its every stone, was ______with his hands. (Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)

2.It is also a fact, that Scrooge had seen it, night and morning, during his whole residence in that place; also that Scrooge had as little of what is called fancy about him as any man in the city of London, even including--which is a bold word—the corporation, _______, and livery. (Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
3. It was not angry or________, but looked at Scrooge as Marley used to look: with ghostly spectacles turned up on its ghostly forehead. (Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens)
(Answer: 1.b; 2.c; 3.a )