RootsDefinition Frangere, Fractum to break in into exout of caedere, cisum cut, kill con with temnein to cut epi upon dicho two ana up pungere, punctum to sting, pierce
anatomy: the structure or parts, taken as a whole As a doctor, it is important to understand the anatomy of the human body.
compunction: feeling of regret or remorse My sister did not have any compunction about ruining my favorite sweater.
concise: brief and straightforward I prefer concise directions because it saves time.
dichotomy: two opposite parts of one whole The story reveals the dichotomy between good and evil.
epitome: the best or most typical example You are the epitome of a good student; you are always prepared for class and your work is always A quality.
excise: to cut out of; remove The doctors had to excise the skin around the wound because it was infected.
fractious: tending to argue or cause discord My family is extremely fractious, especially at Thanksgiving, but it is all in good fun!
incisive: sharply cutting; direct and powerful King Solomon’s incisive decision made the women reconsider theirs.
infraction: minor violation of a rule or law Over the years, Dan has committed several infractions while driving.
infringe: intrude on an area belonging to another; to trespass Celebrities often feel that the 1 st amendment infringes on their right to privacy.
punctilious: paying strict attention to detail; extremely careful Mrs. Green is punctilious about keeping her house clean.
pungent: stinging or biting, especially in taste or smell Whenever I walk down to the docks behind my Uncle’s fish restaurant, I am greeted by a pungent smell.
tome: a large and serious book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a tome.
1. Major action of the story in five to eight sentences. 2. Who are the major characters and how does the author develop them? What do the characters represent? 3. What are the major themes suggested by the work? 4. What is the author’s purpose in writing the short story? What is the larger point he/she is attempting to make? 5. From which point of view is the story told? How does the author change the form of the short story itself? How does the author use specific literary devices to achieve his/her objective? Consider point of view, symbolism, characterization, dialogue, imagery, allusion, foreshadowing, juxtaposition, dialect and other literary devices. 6. What are the connections to naturalism?