Answer Key: Oprah: President for 2020?

Lesson Plan:  Oprah: Role Model, Power Player, Avatar of Optimism…2020 President?

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. stoked |stōk| verb ( often as adj. stoked) informal excite or thrill: when they told me I was on the team, I was stoked.
  2. disavowed |ˌdisəˈvou| verb [ with obj. ]deny any responsibility or support for: he appears to be in denial of his own past, which he continually disavows.
  3. ambition |amˈbiSH(ə)n|noun a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work: her ambition was to become a model | he achieved his ambition of making a fortune.
  4. front runner |frənt ˈrənər| noun-the contestant that is leading in a race or other competition.
  5. thorny   |ˈTHôrnē| adjective (thornier, thorniest) • causing distress, difficulty, or trouble: a thorny problem for our team to solve.
  6. inspire |inˈspī(ə)r| verb [ with obj. ] • create (a feeling, especially a positive one) in a person: their past record does not inspire confidence.
  7. avatar |ˈavəˌtär| noun-an incarnation, embodiment, or manifestation of a person or idea: he chose John Stuart Mill as the avatar of the liberal view.
  8. pugilism |ˈpyo͞ojəˌlizəm|noun [dated or humorous] the profession or hobby of boxing: I do not go to displays of pugilism.
  9. empathy |ˈempəTHē| noun-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  10. skepticism  |ˈskeptəˌsizəm| (Brit. scepticism) noun-a skeptical attitude; doubt as to the truth of something: these claims were treated with skepticism.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Grammar Focus: Prepositions

There was no official signal on Monday from Ms. Winfrey.

In the imagination of some Democrats, Ms. Winfrey might offer solutions.

Senior Democrats in Washington said on Monday they had received no signal from Ms. Winfrey that she hoped to seek the White House.

Ms. Winfrey’s sudden prominence in the nation’s political imagination speaks, in some respects, to the merging of politics and entertainment in the American mind.


Reading Comprehension : Sentence Match

Ms. Winfrey’s commercial reach transcends race and income level. (d)

Oprah has read books. (f)

Ms. Winfrey’s most potent appeal, industry analysts say, is among somewhat older consumers. (h)

By Monday afternoon, the White House had responded to the threat of Oprah in 2020.  (g)

In 2007, she intervened for Mr. Obama, holding rallies for him and hailing him as the one. (e)

In 2013, she hosted a fund-raising event for Cory Booker, in his first bid for Senate in New Jersey. (b)

Less certain is whether Ms. Winfrey could navigate the ideological pitfalls of a presidential campaign. (c)

But even to close friends and admirers, the prospect of an Oprah 2020 race appeared far-fetched. (a)