"A BITTERSWEET MEMOIR" BY JERRY IZENBERG November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"And most of all, those cold numbers won't begin to delineate the man Roberto Clemente was." (p.106)

Based upon the context clues, the word "delineate" means to explain in details.

"Shortly before the first rays of sunlight, the car turns down a bumpy secondary road and moves past small shantytowns where the sounds of the children stirring for the long walk toward school begin to drift out on the morning air." (p.107)

Based upon the context clues, the word "shantytowns" meas poor, small towns.

"Long before take-off time, it was apparent that the plane needed more work." (p.108)

Based upon the context clues, the word "apparent" means obvious.

"The departure time was delayed an hour, and then two, and then three." (p.108)

Based upon the context clues, the word "departure" means the time when something or someone has to leave.

"They walked through the heat and they drove cars and battered little trucks , and the mound of supplies grew and grew." (p. 108)

Based upon the context clues, the word "battered" means broken down.

"He told me that Pedron Zarrilla, who was one of our most prominent baseball people, had seen him play, and that pedron wanted him to sign a professional contract with the santurce crabbers." (p.111)

Based upon the context clues, the word "prominent" means important, well known.

"I was working part time in the pharmacy and he was already a baseball player by then, and one day Vera came into the store." (p.112

Based upon the context clues, the word "pharmacy" means a drug store.

"She is a brave woman, and months later, standing in front of the empty crypt in the cemetery at carolina where Roberto Clemente was to have been buried, she said ," He was like a son to me ." (p.112)

Based upon the context clues, the word "crypt" means a tomb holding a dead body.

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