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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 1

Synopsis:
Phileas Fogg lives in London. He is quiet and private. No one knows too much about him except that he is habitual and rich. He spends most of his time at The Reform Club, where he eats and plays table games with other men of wealth and power. Phileas hires a new servant named Passepartout. Passepartout is a lively young man who, in contrast to Mr. Fogg, has led quite an exciting life.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: enigmatical (You may have to look up enigma)

In Context: “…he seemed always to avoid attracting attention; an enigmatical personage (person) about whom little was known except that he was a polished man of the world.” (p.1)

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2.  The Word: pernicious

In Context: “… the purpose of abolishing pernicious insects.” (p.1)

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3.  The Word: avaricious

In Context: “He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble … purpose, he supplied it quickly.” (p. 2)

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4.  The Word: taciturn

In Context: “He talked very little and seemed all the more mysterious for his taciturn manner.” (p.2)

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5.  The Word: viand

In Context: “…he was served … the viands in special porcelain and on the finest linen.” (p.3)

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6.    The Word:     eccentric

In Context: “To live in this style is to be eccentric.” (p.3)

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7.  The Word: grenadier

In Context: “Phileas Fogg was seated …(with) his feet close together like those of a grenadier on parade.” (p.4)

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Writing Assignment:
We have learned that Phileas Fogg is rich, punctual, habitual, and eccentric. He is so regimented and scheduled that he is sometimes more mechanical than human. No one can remember when Phileas hasn’t been in London, yet he seems to know a great deal about many foreign countries. How do you suppose Phileas acquired all this knowledge? Write your ideas and give examples of possible ways that Phileas could have learned so much about the world. Write at least 100 words.
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 2

Synopsis:
Passepartout’s first analysis of his new master is that he (Fogg) is as boring as a wax figure in a museum. Passepartout’s life has been quite complex until now, and he thinks he will enjoy a simple life in serving the boring Mr. Phileas Fogg.
 

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: physiognomist (You may have to look up physiognomy.)

In Context: “His countenance possessed … what physiognomists call ‘repose in action,’ a quality of those who act rather than talk.” (p.6)

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2.  The Word: phlegmatic

In Context: “Calm and phlegmatic … Mr. Fogg seemed a perfect type of that English composure.” (p.6)

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3.  The Word: chronometer

In Context: “…perfectly well-balanced, as exactly regulated as a Leroy chronometer.” (p. 6)

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4.  The Word: superfluous

In Context: “He never took one step too many and always went to his destination by the shortest cut; he made no superfluous gestures.” (p.6)

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5.  The Word: rubicund

In Context: “His eyes were blue, his complexion rubicund …” (p.7)

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6.    The Word:   vagrant

In Context: “Passepartout had been a sort of vagrant in his early years and now yearned for repose.” (p.7)

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7.  The Word: chagrin

In Context: “But he could not take root in any of these; with chagrin, he found his master whimsical and irregular.” (p.7)

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8.  The Word: whimsical

In Context: “But he could not take root in any of these; with chagrin, he found his master whimsical and irregular.” (p.7)

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Writing Assignment:
In the first paragraph on page 6, Passepartout expounds on Mr. Fogg’s appearance. This paragraph is an excellent example of a descriptive paragraph. Choose a member of your family and write a paragraph that describes this person. Write at least 100 words.
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 3

Synopsis:
Phileas Fogg discusses a recent bank robbery with his friends and how the thief was able to escape the country rather quickly due to transportation advancements such as trains and steamboats. Phileas declares that the world is “smaller” because of these improved methods of travel and that a trip around the world can be made in eighty days. Mr. Fogg wagers half his fortune that he can travel around the world in eighty days.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: edifice 

In Context: “Phileas Fogg … reached the Reform Club, an imposing edifice in Pall Mall, which could not have cost less than three million.” (p.9)

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2.  The Word: whist

In Context: “They were Mr. Fogg’s usual partners at whist.” (p.10)

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3.  The Word: ponderous

In Context: “…when five o’clock sounded from the ponderous clock.” (p. 11)

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4.  The Word: stoical

In Context: “…Phileas Fogg preserved a stoical composure.” (p.15)

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5.  The Word: almanac

In Context: “He … consulted a pocket almanac and added, ‘As today is Wednesday, the second of October, I shall be due in London … the twenty-first of December.’” (p.15)

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6.    The Word:   scruples

In Context: “…they (his friends) seemed much agitated; not so much by the value of their stake, as because they had some scruples about betting under conditions so difficult to their friend.” (p.7)

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7.  The Word: tranquil

In Context: “‘I am quite ready now,’ was his tranquil response.” (p.16)

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Writing Assignment:
Read the following verse from a poem by Longfellow:

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

In chapter three, Phileas Fogg is about to make history by attempting to travel around the world in eighty days. If he succeeds, it could be said that he will leave his “footprints on the sands of time.” Choose someone from a history or social studies book that you admire and write 150 words telling how this person left his or her mark on time and history.
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 4

Synopsis:
Passepartout, who believes he has finally found a job where he can settle down, is surprised to discover that he is about to embark on a whirlwind trip around the world. They pack just what they can carry and begin the first part of their journey by train.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: conscientiously  (You may have to look up conscientious.) 

In Context: “Passepartout … had conscientiously studied the program of his duties.” (p.16)

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2.  The Word: chary

In Context: “But surely a gentleman so chary of his steps would stop there.” (p.17)

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3.  The Word: susceptible

In Context: “Passepartout had a moist sensation about the eyes; his master’s action touched his susceptible heart.” (p. 18)

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4.  The Word: ensconced 

In Context: “Phileas Fogg, snugly ensconced in his corner, did not open his lips.” (p.19)

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5.  The Word: stupefaction   (You may have to look up stupefy.)

In Context: “Passepartout, not yet recovered from his stupefaction, clung mechanically to the carpet-bag with its enormous treasure.” (p.19)

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Writing Assignment:
Write a poem using the word ensconced. Your poem may or may not rhyme. Meter or lack of rhythm is up to you. The only requirement (other than it use the word ensconced) is that it be at least 8 lines long.
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 5

Synopsis:
Phileas Fogg becomes quite a news sensation with people all over England wagering for and against him in his attempt to go around the world in eighty days. Some even feel sorry for him and believe he has been taken advantage of by friends who would allow him to make such a bet. All support for Phileas abruptly disappears, however, when it is supposed that his sudden departure is to hide the fact that he is the bank robber!
 

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: aberration

In Context: “People…blamed his Reform Club friends for having accepted a wager which betrayed the mental aberration of its proposer.” (p.20)

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2.  The Word: espoused

In Context: “At first some rash individuals…espoused his cause.” (p.20)

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3.  The Word: minutely    (You may have to look up the adjective minute.)

In Context: “His photograph, which was hung with those of the rest of the members at the Reform Club, was minutely examined, and it betrayed, feature by feature, the description of the robber which had been provided to the police.” (p. 22)

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Writing Assignment:
Read pp. 20-21 where the articles explaining Phileas Fogg’s trip are discussed. Some newspapers believe his trip can indeed be made in eighty days while others hold steadfastly that it is impossible. Pretend you are a reporter for a newspaper. Choose to either support Phileas Fogg’s theory that he can travel around the world in eighty days or to disagree that it can be done. Write a news article from the slant of whichever position you choose. Use examples and facts to support your ideas.
 
 


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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 6

Synopsis:
A detective named Mr. Fix waits for the steamboat, Mongolia, to apprehend Phileas Fogg, whom he believes is a bank robber. Mr. Fix is approached by a servant who inquires where his master’s passport should be visaed. Mr. Fix directs the servant (whom we later find out is none other than Passepartout) to bring his master to him. Mr. Fix hopes that the servant’s master will be Phileas Fogg.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: plied  (You may have to look up the word ply.)

In Context: “The Mongolia plied regularly between Brindisi and Bombay...” (p.23)

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2.  The Word: quay

In Context: “…the scene on the quay became more animated; sailors of various nations, merchants, shipbrokers, porters…bustled to and fro as if the steamer were immediately expected.” (p.25)

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3.  The Word: scrutinized    (You may have to look up the word scrutinize.)

In Context: “…Fix, according to habit, scrutinized the passers-by with a keen, rapid glance.” (p. 25)

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4.  The Word: panorama 
In Context: “…some (passengers) remained on deck to scan the picturesque panorama of the town.” (p. 26)

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5.  The Word: importunate 

In Context: “Presently one of the passengers, after vigorously pushing his way through the importunate crowd of porters, came up to him.” (p. 26)

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6.  The Word: visaed    (You may have to look up the word visa.) 
In Context: “…showing a passport which he wished have visaed.” (p. 26)

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7.  The Word: indispensable 
In Context: “‘Oh, is that necessary?’ ‘Quite indispensable.’” (p. 27)

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Writing Assignment:
Jules Verne’s choice of names is unusual. So far, we have Mr. Fogg, Passepartout, and Mr. Fix. Why do you think the author selected these names? Write three paragraphs – one paragraph about Mr. Fogg, one paragraph about Passepartout, and one paragraph about Mr. Fix. Explain why these names may or may not be fitting to their respective characters. For example, can Mr. Fix “fix” everything and solve his case? Each paragraph should have at least four sentences.
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 7

Synopsis:
Phileas Fogg and Passepartout go to have their passports visaed. Detective Fix would like to arrest Phileas on the spot but he doesn’t have enough proof that it is actually Phileas who has robbed the bank.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: rogue

In Context: “Passports are only good for annoying honest folks and aiding in the flight of rogues.” (p.28)

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2.  The Word: inscribe

In Context: “These dates were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns...” (p.29)

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3.  The Word: itinerary

In Context: “These dates were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns, indicating the month, the day of the month, and the day for the stipulated and actual arrivals.” (p. 29)

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4.  The Word: stipulated 
In Context: “These dates were inscribed in an itinerary divided into columns, indicating the month, the day of the month, and the day for the stipulated and actual arrivals.” (p. 29)

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5.  The Word: wont 

In Context: “He sat down quietly to breakfast in his cabin, never once thinking of inspecting the town, being one of those Englishmen who are wont to see foreign countries through the eyes of their domestics.” (p. 30)

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Writing Assignment:
Pretend you are Passepartout. Write a page in your diary telling all that has happened since you were hired by Mr. Phileas Fogg. Begin your page with the words “Dear Diary.”
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 8

Synopsis:
Detective Fix decides to strike up a conversation with Passepartout to gather more information about Phileas and his hasty departure from London. Passepartout leaks details about their trip that make Detective Fix suspicious that Phileas Fogg is the robber. Detective Fix sends a telegram to the London police that he needs a warrant for Fogg’s arrest. Then he boards the Magnolia to continue his pursuit of Phileas Fogg.

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: volubly     (You will probably have to look up the word voluble.)

In Context: “And they walked off together, Passepartout chatting volubly as they went along.” (p.31)

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2.  The Word: fob

In Context: “And the worthy fellow returned the watch to its fob with a defiant gesture.” (p.31)

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3.  The Word: defiant

In Context: “And the worthy fellow returned the watch to its fob with a defiant gesture.” (p.31)

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4.  The Word: impenetrable 

In Context: “He…learned that…his master…lived a solitary existence in London, was said to be rich, though no one knew whence came his riches, and was mysterious and impenetrable in his affairs and habits.” (p. 32)

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5.  The Word: cogitating   (You may have to look up the word cogitate.) 

In Context: “He was not listening, but was cogitating a project.” (p. 33)

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6.  The Word: equanimity

In Context: “Now that he was fully convinced, Fix had quite recovered his equanimity.” (p.33)

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Writing Assignment:
none
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 9

Synopsis:
The ship leaves Suez, headed for Bombay, India. Passepartout is curious about India and asks Detective Fix many questions. Detective Fix is curious about Phileas Fogg and asks Passepartout many questions as well!

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: caprice

In Context: “But the Red Sea is full of caprice, and often boisterous, like most long and narrow gulfs. When the wind came…the Mongolia…rolled fearfully.” (p.35)

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2.  The Word: boisterous

In Context: “But the Red Sea is full of caprice, and often boisterous, like most long and narrow gulfs. When the wind came…the Mongolia…rolled fearfully.” (p.35)

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3.  The Word: propitiate

In Context: “…the ancient navigators never ventured without propitiating the gods by ample sacrifice.” (p.35)

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4.  The Word: indefatigably    (You may have to look up indefatigable.)

In Context: “…he played whist indefatigably, for he had found partners as enthusiastic in the game as himself.” (p. 35)

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5.  The Word: amiable 

In Context: “(He approached) this person with his most amiable smile.” (p. 36)

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6.  The Word: minaret

In Context: “Mosques, minarets, temples...” (p.36)

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7.  The Word: fakir

In Context: “Mosques, minarets, temples, fakirs...” (p.36)

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8.  The Word: pagoda

In Context: “Mosques, minarets, temples, fakirs, pagodas...” (p.36)

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9.  The Word: cistern

In Context: “He gazed with wonder upon the…vast cisterns where the English engineers were still at work, two thousand years after the engineers of Solomon.” (p.38)

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Writing Assignment:
Do some research and then write 200 words on India. How are their buildings different from those we are used to seeing? How about their dress? What customs do you find interesting? 
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 10

Synopsis:
Detective Fix, Phileas Fogg, and Passepartout arrive in Bombay with a few hours to spare before the train is to leave for Calcutta. Detective Fix checks with local police to see if his arrest warrant has arrived from London. It has not. Passepartout sets out to run errands and to do some sightseeing. Passepartout is curious to see the inside of a temple and does not stop to learn about the custom of removing shoes before entering. The priests are furious with Passepartout and he flees in terror, barely arriving in time to board the train. 

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: despotic  (You may have to look up the word despot.)

In Context: “The British Crown exercises a real and despotic dominion over the larger portion of this vast country.” (p.39)

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2.  The Word: dominion

In Context: “The British Crown exercises a real and despotic dominion over the larger portion of this vast country.” (p.39)

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3.  The Word: rajah     (Also spelled raja. Look for either in your dictionary.)

In Context: “A considerable portion of India is still free from British authority; and there are certain ferocious rajahs…who are…independent.” (p.39)

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4.  The Word: insurrection

In Context: “The celebrated East India Company was all-powerful…down to the time of the great…insurrection.” (p. 39)

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5.  The Word: cumbrous 

In Context: “Formerly one was obliged to travel in India by the old cumbrous methods of going on foot or on horseback …now, a great railway…traverses the peninsula from Bombay to Calcutta in three days.” (p. 40)

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6.  The Word: deign

In Context: “He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta…or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture (or) the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.” (p.41)

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7.  The Word: grottoes    (You may have to look up grotto.)

In Context: “He would not deign to examine even the masterpieces of Elephanta…or those fine remains of Buddhist architecture (or) the Kanherian grottoes of the island of Salcette.” (p.41)

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8.  The Word: promenade

In Context: “Having purchased the usual quota of shirts and shoes, he took a leisurely promenade about the streets.” (p.42)

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9.  The Word: crestfallen

In Context: “Poor Passepartout, quite crestfallen, followed his master without a word.” (p.43)

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Writing Assignment:
none 
 
 

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Around the World in Eighty Days
Jules Verne

Chapter 11

Synopsis:
Phileas Fogg and Passepartout discover that the railway isn’t finished and they must find another way through the jungle. Phileas Fogg buys an elephant! 

Vocabulary:
1.  The Word: viaduct 

In Context: “An hour after leaving Bombay, the train had passed the viaducts and the island of Salcette and had got into the open country.” (p.39)

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2.  The Word: verdant

In Context: “…they entered the … mountains with their basalt bases and their summits crowned with thick and verdant forests.” (p.45)

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3.  The Word: rite 

In Context: “…the Thuggees still exist and pursue the exercise of their horrible rites.” (p.47)

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4.  The Word: reverie

In Context: “Passepartout was now plunged into absorbing reverie.” (p. 47)

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5.  The Word: vagabond

In Context: Passepartout’s “old vagabond nature returned to him; the fantastic ideas of his youth once more took possession of him.” (p. 47)

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6.  The Word: maledictions

In Context: “…he was restless, counting and recounting the days passed over, uttering maledictions when the train stopped.” (p.47)

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7.  The Word: obstinately    (You may have to look up obstinate.)

In Context: “…Passepartout obstinately refused to alter his watch, which he kept at London time.” (p.48)

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8.  The Word: conveyance

In Context: “…we will…look about for some means of conveyance to Allahabad.” (p.49)

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9.  The Word: zebu

In Context: “…they began to engage such vehicles as the village could provide – wagons drawn by zebus...” (pp.49-50)

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10.  The Word: avarice

In Context: “Returning to the Indian, whose small, sharp eyes, glistening with avarice, betrayed that with him it was only a question of how great a price he could obtain…” (p.51)

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11.  The Word: howdah

In Context: “…attached to each of his (the elephant’s) flanks (were) some curiously uncomfortable howdahs.” (p.51)

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Writing Assignment:
Passepartout found an unusual conveyance (an elephant!) for his master to purchase as a means to continue the journey. Write a 200-word adventure story where you are in a time crunch and you must find a conveyance for a quick departure. 
 
 
 

Assignment Outlines for Part 2 (Chapters 12 – 23)  and Part 3 (Chapters 24 – end) available at http://www.lessontutor.com/lit5home.html
 

About this teacher/author: Elaine Ernst Schneider is a teacher and freelance writer who has published articles, songs, and children's work. She is the managing editor of Lesson Tutor. Elaine writes the City Songs column for www.newcolonist.com and is the author of 52 Children’s Moments, found at http://www.lessontutor.com/ltstore.html . She currently teaches and writes curriculum for several education companies.
 

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