The Fifty First Dragon - Methacton School District

The Fifty First Dragon - Methacton School District

The Fifty First Dragon By Heywood Broun Vocabulary Words & Definitions

Joust Verb To fight with lances on horseback Expulsion Noun

Forcing out someone from a group Dexterity Noun Skillfulness with hands or feet;

cleverness Timorously Adverb Timidly; shyly

Restive Adjective Nervous; restless Ethics Noun

Rules of a moral conduct or behavior Indiscriminate Adjective Unrestrained in choice;

haphazard (unplanned/careless) Judicial Adjective Showing careful consideration of

all sides of a problem before making a decision Ferocity Noun Fierceness; aggressive behavior

Brandish Verb To wave or display in a threatening way

Impetuous Adjective Acting suddenly, without much thought; rash Malice

Noun A desire to be purposely hurtful to others Preliminary Adjective

Happening before; leading up to the main action Discourse Noun A long speech, discussion, or

writing about a topic Testy Adjective Touchy; easily angered or bothered

Solicitude Noun Concern; inquiring about Literal

Adjective Real; exact Meager Adjective A small amount; scant; scarce

supply Author Notes Heywood Broun Born 1888-1939 Harvard Graduate

New Yorker Author Notes Sports reporter, World War I correspondent, literary critic

Believed journalism can point out social wrongs The Fifty-First Dragon Spontaneous humor balanced with fable-like message about self confidence

Humor stems from: Anachronism: a thing or person that belongs in an earlier time Sarcasm: a sneering or cutting remark Fantasy: wondrous, strange, imaginative images Cynicism: a scornfully negative remark

Understatement: makes the situation seem less important than it is Anachronism Events existing out of their proper time in

history Examples: A horse drawn carriage on an interstate highway A jet airplane in a cowboy movie Abe Lincoln using a microwave or cell phone

A sword is an anachronism for modern warfare.

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