Answer Key: Remembering John McCain

Lesson Plan: Remembering John McCain

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. animus |ˈanəməs| noun hostility or ill feeling: the author’s animus toward her.
  2. malignant |məˈliɡnənt| adjective-(of a tumor) tending to invade normal tissue or to recur after removal; cancerous.
  3. maverick ˈmav(ə)rik| noun – an unorthodox or independent-minded person: a maverick among Connecticut Republicans.
  4. shrewd |SHro͞od| adjective-having or showing sharp powers of judgment; astute: she was shrewd enough to guess the motive behind his gesture | a shrewd career move.
  5. rebellious |rəˈbelyəs| adjective- showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention: young people with a rebellious streak.
  6. propagandist |ˌpräpəˈɡandəst| chiefly derogatory noun-a person who promotes or publicizes a particular organization or cause: a highly persuasive political propagandist.
  7. scorn |skôrn| verbfeel or express contempt or derision for: I was routinely ridiculed and scorned by conservatives and liberals alike.
  8. imperil |imˈperəl| verb (imperils, imperiling, imperiled; British imperils, imperilling, imperilled) [with object] put at risk of being harmed, injured, or destroyed: white-band disease imperils coral reefs.
  9. disarray |ˌdisəˈrā| noun-a state of disorganization or untidiness: his plans have been thrown into disarray.
  10. derail |dēˈrāl| verb [with object] (usually be derailed) obstruct (a process) by diverting it from its intended course: the plot is seen by some as an attempt to derail the negotiations.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F- John McCain was a senator from Arizona.
  2. T- He was the son and grandson of four-star admirals.
  3. F- Two Navy destroyers were named McCain, for the senator’s father and grandfather.
  4. F- McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam.
  5. T- John McCain won two terms in the House of Representatives and six in the Senate.
  6. F- He lost the 2000 Republican presidential nomination to George W. Bush.
  7. F- Senator John McCain and Trump never liked each other.
  8. NA- McCain’s wife  donated to many charities.
  9. T- As a torture victim, Mr. McCain was sensitive to the interrogation of detainees in the fight against terrorism.
  10. T-John McCain suffered from a malignant brain tumor.

Grammar: Fill-ins

Mr. McCain’s disapproval of Trump perhaps peaked in July, after the [meeting with]  Vladimir V. Putin of Russia privately in Helsinki, Finland…Responding to Trump’s performance, in which the president spoke favorably of his Russian counterpart and questioned American intelligence findings that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Mr. McCain declared, “No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant.”