II. While Reading Activities
- goddess | ˈɡädəs | noun a female deity: a temple to Athena Nike, goddess of victory.
- omen | ˈōm(ə)n | noun an event regarded as a portent of good or evil: the ghost’s appearance was an ill omen | a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery.
- nondescript | ˌnändəˈskript | adjective lacking distinctive or interesting features or characteristics: she lived in a nondescript suburban apartment block.
- M.B.A. Master of Business Administration (MBA; also Master’s in Business Administration) is a post graduate degree focused on business administration.
- prepubescent | ˌprēpyo͞oˈbes(ə)nt | adjective relating to or in the period preceding puberty: a prepubescent girl.
- divine | dəˈvīn | adjective 1 of, from, or like God or a god: heroes with divine powers | paintings of shipwrecks being prevented by divine intervention.
- tradition | trəˈdiSHən | noun 1 the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way: every shade of color is fixed by tradition and governed by religious laws.
- bestow | bəˈstō | verb [with object] confer or present (an honor, right, or gift): the office was bestowed on him by the chief of state | thank you for this honor that you have bestowed upon me | figurative : she bestowed her nicest smile on Jim.
- champion cham·pi·on | ˈCHampēən | noun 1 a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports: [as modifier] : a champion hurdler.
- secluded səˈklo͞odəd | adjective (of a place) not seen or visited by many people; sheltered and private: the gardens are quiet and secluded.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Her days were often spent receiving a long line of visitors, who would kneel at her tiny feet, which were never supposed to touch the ground outside. The devotees would place offerings of cash and fruit into brass bowls as, wordlessly, Chanira would stretch out an arm covered in red satin, smudging vermilion paste, a religious marker called a tika, on their foreheads as a blessing.
Reading Comprehension Fill-ins
The walls of one room were covered with photographs of her in full kumari regalia, a small girl with brightly painted lips and eyes lined with kohl. In one photograph, she is looking down imperiously at the last king of Nepal, Gyanendra, the assassin’s brother.