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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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What are five vocabulary words (with page numbers and definitions) between Chapters 11 and 16 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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reconnaissance  (Chapter 11).  The children made many reconnaissances during the novel, usually on the Radley property. The word is certainly related to Scout, since it basically means "scouting," "to scout," or to give "a preliminary survey."

rotogravure  (Chapter 12).  The only decoration found in the First Purchase Church was a "rotogravure print of Hunt's The Light of the World. A rotogravure is a type of rotary engraving usually cast onto a copper cylinder that reproduces the image onto paper.

Amanuensis  (Chapter 13).  Aunt Alexandra was a member of the Maycomb Amenuensis Club, probably a society for secretaries. The word has Latin origins, meaning "manual laborer," or working by hand. It is more commonly used in respect to someone who takes freehand or is a personal secretary.

morphodite  (Chapter 14).  This creative word was used in Chapter 8 to describe the unusual snowman--black on the inside and white on the outside, with both male and female features--created by Jem and Scout. Scout thought she overheard Miss Maudie suggest that they had created "an absolute morphodite." But what Miss Maudie had probably said was "hermaphrodite," a word that suggests both male and female characteristics. "Morphodite" is not a real word, only one of Scout's (Lee's) creation. Because of its popularity in TKAM, the word was later used by other authors, including Stephen King, in tributory fashion.

Linotype  (Chapter 15).  This word is used in reference to editor B. B. Underwood and his production of The Maycomb Tribune. A Linotype is an old fashioned style of typesetting apparatus "operated from a keyboard that casts an entire line as a single slug of metal." Although author Harper Lee chose not to capitalize the wordd, Linotype is a specific, trademarked name, so it should be capitalized.

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