Answer Key: When Two Men Fall in Love

Lesson Plan: “When Two Men Fall in Love on the Ballet Stage…”

II. While Reading Activities

Word Inference

  1. pas de deux  |ˌpä də ˈdo͝o| noun (pl.same) a dance for two people, typically a man and a woman.
  2. premiere |prēˈmyerprēˈmir| noun-the first performance of a musical or theatrical work or the first showing of a movie.
  3. unprecedented |ˌənˈpresədən(t)əd|adjective-never done or known before: the government took the unprecedented step of releasing confidential correspondence.
  4. fundamental |ˌfəndəˈmen(t)əl| adjective-forming a necessary base or core; of central importance: the protection of fundamental human rights | interpretation of evidence is fundamental to the historian’s craft.
  5. overdue |ˌōvərˈd(y)o͞o| adjective-having deserved or needed something for some time: He was overdue for some leave.
  6. ban verb (bans, banning, banned) [ with obj. ]officially or legally prohibit: a proposal to ban all trade in ivory.
  7. choreographer |kôrēˈäɡrəfər| noun-a person who composes the sequence of steps and moves for a performance of dance: a professional choreographer.
  8. brimming |brim|  verb (brims, brimming, brimmed) (often as adj. brimming) be possessed by or full of feelings or thoughts: he is brimming with ideas.
  9. pointe |point, pwaNt| noun (pl.pronunc.same) Ballet-the tips of the toes.
  10. nuanced|ˈn(y)o͞oˌänst| adjective-characterized by subtle shades of meaning or expression: Lowe’s work has gradually grown more nuanced | the nuanced tone of the performances.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension


For his pas de deux, Mr. Peck has made small tweaks so that each dancer takes a turn leading the other; learning how to be the supported one has been an adjustment for both. “There’s a constant exchange of who’s leading and who’s in charge,” Mr. Applebaum said. “So you have to switch on a dime.”