II. While Reading Activities
- drag queen |ˈdraɡ ˌkwēn|noun-a man who dresses up in women’s clothes, typically for the purposes of entertainment.
- parody |ˈperədē| noun (plural parodies) an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the movie is a parody of the horror genre | his provocative use of parody.
- satirize |ˈsadəˌrīz| verb [with object] deride and criticize by means of satire: Aristophanes satirized the lack of respect for the laws.
- exaggerate |iɡˈzajəˌrāt| verb [with object] represent (something) as being larger, greater, better, or worse than it really is: they were apt to exaggerate any aches and pains | [no object] : I couldn’t sleep for three days—I’m not exaggerating.
- boisterous |ˈboist(ə)rəs| adjective-(of a person, event, or behavior) noisy, energetic, and cheerful; rowdy: the boisterous conviviality associated with taverns of that period.
- interpretation |inˌtərprəˈtāSH(ə)n| noun-a stylistic representation of a creative work or dramatic role: two differing interpretations, both bearing the distinctive hallmarks of each writer’s perspective.
- categorization |ˌkadəɡ(ə)rəˈzāSH(ə)nˌkadəɡəˌrīˈzāSH(ə)n| noun- the action or process of placing into classes or groups: categorization by topic.
- eschew |əsˈCHo͞o|verb [with object]-deliberately avoid using; abstain from: he appealed to the crowd to eschew violence.
- mocking |ˈmäkiNG| adjective-making fun of someone or something in a cruel way; derisive: the mocking hostility in his voice made her wince.
- staple |ˈstāpəl| noun-a main or important element of something, Folk legends were the staple of classical fairy tales.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
Hordes of young people swarmed around the queens, eager to have their photos taken with them. There were long lines of men and women excited to take photographs with Charles, who was holding court in a section reserved for the V.I.P.s who bought special badges. There were people dressed as mermaids, muppets, cartoon characters and ghouls. There was a queen dressed as a sea captain being half-eaten by a shark.