Name: Luis Aguilar
“The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras Country” --Mark Twain Target: I can analyze what the text says directly and indirectly utilizing evidence from the text. Directions: Define each vocabulary word using a dictionary.
Compliance-the action or fact of complying with a wish or command.
Garrulous-excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters.
Append-add (something) as an attachment or supplement.
Conjectured- form an opinion or supposition about (something) on the basis of incomplete information.
Infamous- well known for some bad quality or deed.
Interminable-endless (often used hyperbolically).
Transcendent-beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience
Cavorting-ump or dance around excitedly.
Bullyrag-treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way.
Ante-treat (someone) in a scolding or intimidating way.
Prized-value extremely highly.
Enterprising-having or showing initiative and resourcefulness.
Directions: Answer the following questions from the story.
1. Simon Wheeler. What is his personality like? How does he speak? Provide evidence to support your answer. Simon Wheeler is described by the narrator as "good-natured" and "garrulous". He was gentle and had simplicity to his face. Simon didn't take with much fluctuation in his voice. When the narrator asked about Mr. Wheeler Simon, "sat down and reeled off the monotonous narrative"(392)
2. How does Simon Wheeler describe Rev. Leonidas W. Smiley? Provide evidence to support your answer. Simon described the man as “the curiousest man about always betting on anything that turned up.” He would bet anyone on anything. “If there was a dogfight, he’d bet on it”.
3. Simon Wheeler’s long first sentence tells us something about how his mind works in telling a story. How does this describe Simon Wheeler? What is the effect?
4. Describe the progression from betting on the horse race to the further examples...
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