II. While Reading Tasks
- hubris |ˈ(h)yo͞obris| noun-excessive pride or self-confidence.
- unique |yo͞oˈnēk| adjective-being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else: the situation was unique in modern politics | original and unique designs.
- spin-off |ˈspɪn ˌɔf| (also spinoff) noun-a byproduct or incidental result of a larger project: the commercial spin-off from defense research.
- plot |plät| noun -the main events of a play, novel, movie, or similar work, devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence.
- impulse |ˈimˌpəls| noun- a sudden strong and unreflective urge or desire to act: I had an almost irresistible impulse to giggle.
- homage |ˈ(h)ämij| noun-special honor or respect shown publicly: they paid homage to the local boy who became president.
- dispute |disˈpyo͞ot| noun-disagreement, argument, or debate: a territorial dispute between the two countries
- fondness |ˈfändnis| noun- affection or liking for someone or something: I remember him with great fondness
- heroine |ˈherō-in| noun-a woman admired or idealized for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities: she was the heroine of a materialist generation.
- satire |ˈsaˌtīr| noun-the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
There were no emergencies. But it quickly became evident that Ms. Sittenfeld could probably handle any urgent “Pride and Prejudice” questions without consulting the source. She more or less committed the plot to memory when she carefully mapped out the novel’s 61 chapters, in an effort to create a blueprint of sorts for her own version.
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
The characters and plot are kind of in our air.
She committed the plot to memory.
A rich single man comes to town.