Answer Key: Holding Grudges

Lesson Plan: Is It Healthy to Hold on to Grudges? Many Say “No”

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. grudge  |ɡrəj| noun- a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment resulting from a past insult or injury: she held a grudge against her former boss.
  2. cherish |ˈCHeriSH| verb- protect and care for (someone) lovingly: he cared for me beyond measure and cherished me in his heart.
  3. slight |slīt| noun- an insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention: an unintended slight can create grudges | he was seething at the slight to his authority.
  4. dissolution |ˌdisəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n| noun-the closing down or dismissal of an assembly, partnership, or official body: the dissolution of their marriage |
  5. seethe |sēT͟H| verb(of a person) be filled with intense but unexpressed anger: inwardly he was seething at the slight to his authority.
  6. anecdote |ˈanəkˌdōt| noun-a short and amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person: told anecdotes about his job | he had a rich store of anecdotes.
  7. introspective |ˌintrəˈspektiv| adjective-characterized by or given to introspection: he grew withdrawn and introspective.
  8. cliché |klēˈSHā| (also cliche) nouna phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought: the old cliché “one man’s meat is another man’s poison.”
  9. stress |stres| noun-a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances: he’s obviously under a lot of stress |
  10. ineffective |ˌinəˈfektiv| adjective-not producing any significant or desired effect: the legal sanctions against oil spills are virtually ineffective | a weak and ineffective president.


 Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage


Getting over grudges is good.


You should think about the source of your grudge.


Life doesn’t always turn out the way we want it to.


Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

F-One of the author’s favorite party games is to ask a group of people,  ‘What is your oldest or most cherished grudge?’

NA The author’s wife attends these parties.

F- When it comes to grudges,  none can be too small or petty.

T-According to the article some people hold grudges from childhood.

T-When asked if  they had ever given up on a grudge a few people replied simply: ‘No.’

NA- The author has children who hold grudges.

F- Dr. Frederic Luskin  is the founder of the Stanford Forgiveness Project.

T- Full forgiveness has four actions, according to Dr. Luskin.

T-According to Dr. Luskin forgiveness is a learnable skill.

T-The author admits that grudges can be fun to hold.