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					Name_________________________          Date_____________


                           “The Possibility of Evil”
                             By Shirley Jackson

bleak—adj., cold and cheerless; without hope

degraded—adj., dishonored; corrupted; ruined

discarded—adj., thrown away

graciously—adv., with charm and good taste

lurking—adj., sneaking; lying hidden

potential—adj., possible

proverbial---adj., well-known, commonly spoken of

reprehensible—adj., improper; deserving of rebuke or censure

scoured—adj., scrubbed

translucent—adj., allowing light to pass through

unsuspecting—adj., unaware; not imagining danger

infatuated—adj., completely taken with love
                 “The Possibility of Evil”
                   By Shirley Jackson

bleak—adj., cold and cheerless; without hope

degraded—adj., dishonored; corrupted; ruined

discarded—adj., thrown away

graciously—adv., with charm and good taste

lurking—adj., sneaking; lying hidden

potential—adj., possible

proverbial---adj., well-known, commonly spoken of

reprehensible—adj., improper; deserving of rebuke or
              censure

scoured—adj., scrubbed

translucent—adj., allowing light to pass through

unsuspecting—adj., unaware; not imagining danger

infatuated—adj., completely taken with love
bleak
degraded
discarded
graciously
lurking
potential
proverbial
reprehensible
scoured
translucent
unsuspecting
infatuated
Name_________________________                    Date_________________


        “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson
                                Vocabulary Practice

DIRECTONS: Work with a partner to fill in the blanks with a word from your
vocabulary list for the story “The Possibility of Evil.”

  1. The day was _________________. The sky hung low and gray. The wind was
     biting cold and kept me huddled indoors. All my friends were gone for the weekend,
     and I was bored and lonely.

  2. Over the years, the new houses became _________________as garbage piled up in
     the unattended yards, as paint peeled, as leaking roofs and damaged walls went
     unrepaired. Soon the entire street was in ruins.

  3. After opening all her presents she _________________ the ribbon, wrapping
     paper, and empty boxes.

  4. Sarah heard the girls’ teasing and taunting remarks, but instead of turning toward
     them in hurt and anger, she _________________ turned from the room with
     shoulders held high and left.

  5. Bobby knew every night once the lights were out the monsters
     _________________ in his closet would come out to get him.

  6. You can do a great deal of _________________ good by simply looking at someone
     with a smile and saying, “hi.”

  7. The _________________ rivalry between the two high school football teams
     played itself out every year in the big Thanksgiving Day game.

  8. Any behavior that hurts people—physically or emotionally—is
     _________________and must be addressed immediately in school—or at home.

  9. The frying pan turned black after its use over the campfire. The cook
     _________________ it for twenty minutes to restore it to its original shine.

  10. One test of good china dishware is whether it is _________________. Hold it up
      to the light with your hand behind it. Can you see your hand? If so, it is
      ___________________.
  11. The bucket of water was perched above the doorframe waiting for the next
      _________________ victim to walk through and get drenched.

  12. The newlyweds were completely __________________with each other and paid no
      attention to the driving, pounding rain as they walked slowly, hand in hand, along the
      sidewalk.

  13. Select on of the vocabulary words and illustrate it in the box below. Write a
      sentence to go with your illustration.




Sentence: _________________________________________________________
Name_____________________________                      Date__________________


           “The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson
                            Vocabulary Worksheet

__________ 1. proverbial                 a. unaware; not imagining danger

__________ 2. unsuspecting               b. with charm and good taste

__________ 3. bleak                      c. well-known; commonly spoken of

__________ 4. scoured                    d. without hope

__________ 5. discarded                  e. scrubbed

__________ 6. infautuated                f. sneaking; lying hidden

__________ 7. degraded                   g. corrupted; ruined

__________ 8. lurking                    h. allowing light to pass through

__________ 9. translucent                i. completely taken with love

__________ 10. graciously                j. thrown away

__________ 11. reprehensible             k. possible

__________ 12. potential                 l. improper; deserving of censure


DIRECTIONS: Fill in the blanks with the word from the list above.

14. Sam ____________________ his pen with the ink ran out.

15. After Denise went to see the Ben Affleck double feature, she left the movie
    theater completely ____________________ with him because of his charm and
    good looks.

16. Mark was scared that his parents would find out about the party he had, so he
    ____________________ the filthy floor for an hour, washed all the dirty dishes,
    and straightened up throughout the house.

17. After she was rejected from three law schools, Sarah felt that her future looked
    ____________________.
18. The attacker sneaked up behind the ____________________ old woman and stole
    her purse before she even realized what had happened.

19. I was able to see that it was a sunny day out because I could see the bright light
    coming through the ____________________ glass.

20. Even though a guest broke a piece of her finest china at dinner, Sue behaved
    ____________________ and did not make him feel bad about the uncomfortable
    situation.

21. The school was being ____________________ by vandals in the neighborhood.

22. The student’s ____________________ behavior was the reason for her
    suspension.

23. The mugger was ____________________ in the woods for hours before he
    committee the crime.

24. The ____________________ uses of nuclear energy are described in a book by
   Jason McAllister.

25. The teacher’s outfits were ____________________ in the school’ everyone looked
    forward to seeing what she’d wear each day.
            ANSWER KEY FOR VOCABULARY. WORKSHEET


1. C
2. A
3. D
4. E
5. J
6. I
7. G
8. F
9. H
10.    B
11.    L
12.    K
13.    discarded
14.    infatuated
15.    scoured
16.    bleak
17.    unsuspecting
18.    translucent
19.    graciously
20.    degraded
21.    reprehensible
22.    lurking
23.    potential
24.    proverbial

				
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