The Unclouded Day by E. Annie Proulx
A) Vocabulary Words/Terms:
1) Grouse: a medium to large game bird with a plump body and feathered legs, the male being larger and more conspicuously colored than the female. 2) Briar: a Mediterranean shrub or small tree.
3) Cleave: to adhere closely; stick.
4) Welt: a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure. 5) Imminent: likely to occur at any moment; impending.
6) Putrefy: (of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell. 7) Rime: frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in cloud or fog. 8) Parabola: a symmetrical open plane curve formed by the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to its side. 9) Inelegant: not elegant; lacking in refinement, gracefulness, or good taste. 10) Confection: a sweet preparation of fruit or the like, as a preserve or candy. 11) Wastrel: a wasteful or good-for-nothing person.
12) Veneer: a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood. 13) Mica: a shiny silicate mineral with a layered structure, found as minute scales in granite and other rocks, or as crystals. 14) Mettle: a person's ability to cope well with difficulties or to face a demanding situation in a spirited and resilient way. 15) Sorrel: a European plant of the dock family, with arrow-shaped leaves that are used in salads and cooking for their acidic flavor. 16) Contortion: the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something. 17) Tamarack: an American larch, Larix laricina, of the pine family, having a reddish-brown bark and crowded clusters of blue-green needles and yielding a useful timber. 18) Instinctive: prompted by or resulting from or as if from instinct; natural; unlearned. 19) Portico: a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch. 20) Mammoth: a large extinct elephant of the Pleistocene epoch, typically hairy with a sloping back and long curved tusks. 21) Carcass: the dead body of an animal.
22) Sodden: soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated.
23) Tendril: a threadlike, leafless organ of climbing plants, often growing in spiral form, which attaches itself to or twines round some other body, so as to support the plant. 24) Foremost: first in place, order, rank, etc.
25) Catatonic: appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive. 26) Clod: a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay.
27) Oblige: to require or constrain, as by law, command, conscience, or force of necessity. 28) Sultry: oppressively hot and close or moist; sweltering
29) Veldt: the open country, bearing grass, bushes, or shrubs, or thinly forested, characteristic of parts of southern Africa. 30) Ocher: the color of this, ranging from pale yellow to an orangish or reddish yellow. 31) Pith: soft or spongy tissue in plants or animals, in particular. 32) Riven: split or tear apart violently.
33) Redolent: having a pleasant odor; fragrant.
B) Extended Response Questions:
1. Based on the author’s use of diction and syntax Santee is portrayed as a character with “traditional” values. Money and materialistic things are unimportant to Santee. When Santee saw Earl’s gun, he “thought it overrated and overpriced, but it was a finer instrument than his own field-grade Jorken with the cracked stock he’d meant to replace for years.” (Proulx, 90) Santee may not be as wealthy as Earl but he doesn’t feel good about taking money from him. “Earl was paying Santee three hundred dollars a week and he hadn’t shot a single bird. . . . Santee, feeling more and more like a cheating old whore every time they went out.” (Proulx, 92) Santee’s gun is also proof of materialistic things not mattering to Santee. “Santee’s gun, like its owner, was inelegant and long in the tooth, but it worked well.” (Proulx, 90) Santee is a man who keeps his word and doesn’t go back on it. “Santee went because he had taken Earl’s money. Until the fool shot a bird on his own or gave up, Santee was...
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