WORD LISTS

"Copper Sun," Vocabulary from Part 1

September 3, 2013
As you read Sharon Draper's “Copper Sun,"
learn these word lists for the novel: Part 1, Parts 2-5, Parts 6-7, Parts 8-11
chant
Kwasi snatched back the coconut and ran off then, laughing and making kissing noises as he chanted, “Besa my love, Besa my love, Besa my love!”
gait
She headed there, walking leisurely, with just the slightest awareness of a certain new roundness to her hips and smoothness to her gait as she waited for Besa to catch up with her.
betrothed
Amari and Besa had been formally betrothed to each other last year.
intently
Amari looked intently at his face and realized he was worried.
festivity
“Your father and the rest of the elders will decide, but I’m sure the visit of such strangers will be cause for much festivity.”
pungent
Throughout the village, the pungent smells of goat stew and peanut soup, along with waves of papaya and honeysuckle that wafted through the air, made Amari feel hungry as well as excited.
astonishing
Everyone in the village came out of their houses to see the astonishing sight—pale, unhealthy-looking men who carried large bundles and unusual-looking sticks as they marched into the center of the village.
hospitality
However, the unusual-looking men were accompanied by warriors from the Ashanti tribe, men of her own land, men her people had known and traded with, so even if the village elders were concerned, it would be unacceptable not to show hospitality.
dignity
Heroism is the dignity of our ancestors, and, in their name, we welcome you.
frenzy
Their bodies swayed, their hands clapped, their feet stomped in a glorious frenzy, all to the rhythm of the drums.
succession
More explosions followed in rapid succession, then everyone was screaming.
anguish
Amari’s mother screamed in anguish and bit her captor’s hand.
acrid
The smell of sharp, acrid smoke, not of gentle hearth fires, but of the flames of destruction, followed them.
vain
Kwasi held her hand tighter and they ran even faster, Amari trying in vain to be as invisible and swift as the wind.
shackle
Her arms were wrenched behind her, and iron shackles with heavy, rusty chains between them were snapped onto her wrists, holding them there.
consume
All of the homes had been burned, their roofs of thatch and walls of reeds consumed by the fire.
rite
The charred and bloodied bodies of relatives remained where they had fallen, with no one to perform proper rites for burials, no one to say the prayers for the dead.
lurch
Once the villagers were all linked, a white face pulled the first person with a rope, and those linked to him lurched forward as well.
comprehend
As she walked, she tried but couldn’t comprehend the incredible cruelty of the men who had done this.
welt
Her back was soon a patchwork of welts from being whipped when she could not keep up with the rest.
engulf
The smell engulfed her next—the odor of sweat and fear, of body wastes and hopelessness.
grateful
She could not remember the last time she had eaten, so when the guards tossed some chunks of bread through the opening, she was grateful.
vacant
She showed Amari how to walk with a limp and look with a vacant, stupid stare to make sure the soldiers would pass her by when they looked for women to come to their rooms.
pierce
Intense, fiery pain pierced the sweaty softness of the skin above her left shoulder.
subside
The salve must have been effective, for the intense pain gradually subsided and was replaced by a duller throbbing that would not go away.
distributed
It had been a long time since they had been given anything to eat, and she was amazed when the holding pen was opened and generous portions of water and food—fresh fruit, boiled cassava, and some kind of fish stew—were distributed to them.
negotiation
They had been won in battle or traded in negotiations between villages and tribes.
endure
She thought of Kwasi, the little bird who would never fly again, but, in a way, she was glad he would not have to endure any of these horrors.
devour
Bubbling, churning, even leaping onto the land, it seemed to Amari that the ocean was reaching out to grab and devour her.
longing
She looked back with longing at the land of her birth.
lament
It was the lament sung at a funeral—a death song.
fetid
They were whipped and chained and led back to the fetid dungeon where they had been all night.
rueful
In spite of her injuries, Afi managed to twist her lips into a rueful laugh.
humiliation
This is just the beginning of many nights of horrible humiliation.
douse
Every morning the women were fed, doused with salt water, and made to dance.
emaciated
Rats, now grown huge and healthy, chewed on the emaciated bodies of some of the men chained there.
bemoan
Too weak to move, she lay huddled in a ball, bemoaning the fact that she was still alive.
molest
The sailors were no longer allowed to molest the women at night.
retaliation
Besa glared at him, but he understood the danger of retaliation.
sullen
The girl had a sullen look on her face, and she seemed to be the only person not interested in what was going on at the slave sale.

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