"Tom Thumb; The Remarkable Story of a Man in Miniature" by George Sullivan November/December 2016 AR Biography Activity

"Television, films, and cyberspace have provided a more well rounded and respectful view of people of short stature." (p. 6)

Based upon the context clues, the word "cyberspace" means the realm of electronic communication.

"Barnum was not only the paper's publisher, printer, and editor; he also assumed the role of columnist." (p.28)

Based upon the context clues, the word "columnist" means the writer or editor of a newspaper or magazine column.

"The uproar over Joice Heth earned Barnum a reputation for 'humbug.'" (p.35)

Based upon the context clues, the word "humbug" means the quality of falseness or deception.

"At the door, half a dozen servants dressed in black coats and pantaloons, with white vests, gloves, and scarves, greeted the two." (p.81)

Based upon the context clues, the word "pantaloons" means a man's close-fitting garment for the hips and legs.

"There the baroness and some twenty lords and ladies waited." (p.81)

Based upon the context clues, the word "baroness" means the wife of a baron.

"After thinking for a moment, Tom saw the opportunity for a pun. 'I like to draw, and do very well,' he said, with a mischievous grin."(p.87)

Based upon the context clues, the word "mischievous" means maliciously or playfully annoying.

"He was proving to be such an enormous success that Barnum felt obliged to change his employment." (p.93)

Based upon the context clues, the word "obliged" means to feel compelled, or required to do something.

"Then Barnum invited Lavinia, Tom, and the Commodore to spend the weekend at his Bridgeport mansion." (p.127)

Based upon the context clues, the word "commodore" means a grade of flag officer next in rank below a rear admiral.

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