A youth development program administered through the United States Department of Agriculture. Although it was originally geared toward instructing American youth in agricultural skills and technology, its mission also includes teaching leadership and general life skills, particularly to children in rural areas.
The back of a boat (the stern)
Fear of public and/or unfamiliar places. Individuals who suffer from agoraphobia are often afraid to leave the vicinity of their home.
A procession of cars or sometimes, riders on horseback
Repentance; the act of asking for forgiveness
A retail store, often carrying many different forms of merchandise; a place of trade
To defraud; or deprive of money through trickery
A ballroom dance that became popular in the early part of the twentieth century; it was originally accompanied by ragtime music, which gradually became replaced by swing.
From German: greeably pleasant
A character from Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights; the name connotes an archetypal romantic hero
A professional dancer
Inexpressible, impossible to capture in words
Very small (a reference to the undersized residents of Lilliput in Gulliver’s Travels)
From French: a medley or mixture of incongruous elements
A mineral known for its distinct shine, which is often used for decorative purposes
A former prison inmate; an ex-convict
A person who takes a sexual interest in children.
Oriented towards practical matters, as opposed to intellectual or artistic ones.
To hasten the arrival of, or bring about
To cause irritation or resentment; to fester
A fake coin
Pertaining to tourism
A genre of theatrical entertainment, popular in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consisting of a number of separate, unrelated acts.
An entire panel from which a jury is drawn.
Masculine; pertaining to manhood
A preliminary examination to determine the competency of a witness or juror
In Cold Blood Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for In Cold Blood is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
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