This is a listing of vocabulary words found in Number the Stars; the first 5 words are words that are critical to our understanding of the time period. The remaining words are words that are cross-referenced to other major tests, such as the ARMT or SAT; these words from the novel. Be certain to read the word as it is used in the novel to make certain that your definition matches that context. This list may be used as a reference as we read, as study guide for our novel test, or for use in a group project. Be sure to visit the Quizlet link below to study with virtual flashcards and practice with study games.

VOCABULARY LIST

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  1. OCCUPATION - when a country is controlled by an enemy country

  2. RESISTANCE - secret group of people dedicated to interferring with the Nazi war effort

  3. SWASTIKA - Nazi symbol

  4. SYNAGOGUE - Jewish house of worship

  5. TYPHUS - deadly disease spread by ticks/fleas/lice

  6. LANKY - tall and skinny

  7. DEFIANTLY - fiesty; with an attitude of resistance

  8. RAPID - quick

  9. DISDAINFULLY - with superiority and disgust

  10. RATIONED - to limit the amount of (electricity)

  11. IMPRINTED - to leave a mark behind

  12. TENTATIVELY - very carefully

  13. DISTORTED - to move something out of shape

  14. DEFTLY - quickly and skillfully

  15. DISMAYED - upset

  16. RELUCTANTLY - unwillingly

  17. CONDESCENDING - rude, uncaring, & sarcastically

  18. GNARLED - twisted and knotty

  19. SPRAWLING - to fall in a way so that your body is spread out

  20. STRICKEN - worried, stunned, and frightened

  21. DONNED - to put on

  22. BRUSQUE - serious and not talkative

  23. INSOLENTLY - rudely, "sassing"

  24. CAUSTIC - cutting or burning, as in a remark or laugh

  25. WARILY - cautiously and nervously

  26. COPENHAGEN - CAPITAL OF DENMARK

  27. SABOTAGE - DAMAGING OR INTERFERING WITH THE WAR EFFORT

  28. AMALIENBORG - THE PALACE OF THE KING OF DENMARK

  29. KATTEGAT - BODY OF WATER BETWEEN DENMARK AND SWEDEN

  30. KRONER - MONEY USED IN DENMARK

  31. BODYGUARD - SOMEONE WHO PROTECTS

  32. CURFEW - TIME DESIGNATED TO BE INDOORS

  33. TIVOLI GARDENS - A PARK IN COPENHAGEN

  34. STAR OF DAVID - JEWISH STAR

  35. RELOCATION - WHEN JEWS WERE MOVED TO CONCENTRATION CAMPS

  36. RABBI - JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADER

  37. CONGREGATION - GROUP OF WORSHIPPERS

  38. HEBREW - JEWISH LANGUAGE

  39. GILLELEJE - NORTHERN SEASIDE TOWN, KNOWN FOR FISHING

  40. SWEDEN - NEUTRAL COUNTRY DURING WWII