Up The Slide By Jack London

Here’s a site, JackLondons.net, that has the story by Jack London called Up The Slide.
Here’s a vocabulary activity:
Fill in the blank with the correct vocabulary word and then write its definition.
zigzag
perpendicular
chasm
herculean
buttressed
barren
balked
perilous
gully
felled
basin
ventured
1. Twenty feet of nearly _______________ climbing would bring him to where a slide sloped more gently in.
2. A few strokes of the ax _______________ it into the _______________ and peeping over the edge, he indulged in a laugh at the startled dogs.
3. Time and again he _______________ upon the slide, and time and again he was ____________ when he came to the grasses.
4. It was a _______________ task, but it was the only way out of the predicament.
5. This constant numbing of his fingers made his progress very slow; but the zigzag came to an end, finally, where the side of the slide was _______________ by perpendicular rock, and he turned back and upward again.
6. Each step became more difficult and _______________, and he was faint from exertion and from lack of Swanson’s dinner.
7. The _______________ opened out into a miniature _______________, in which a floor of soil had been deposited, out of which, in turn, a tiny grove of pines had sprung.
Answers


1. perpendicular
2. felled; chasm
3. ventured; balked
4. herculean
5. buttressed
6. perilous
7. gully; basin

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