Vocabulary
The Blues
It happened in the story
Walter Dean Myers
Potpourri

100

old, run-down apartment house
What is a tenement?

100

a mouth fiddle
What is the harmonica?

100

Greg's favorite sport that he cannot play because of his grades
What is basketball?

100

Where he grew up
What is Harlem?

100

The team Greg wants to play on
What is the Scorpions?

200

You would buy ingredients for arroz con pollo here.
What is a bodega?

200

This is the part of the country where Sweet Lemon Brown performed.
What is the South?

200

Lemon Brown teaches Greg that this kind of person has learned important lessons in life.
What is an older person?

200

The state where he was actually born
What is West Virginia?

200

The type of box Lemon Brown pulled clothes from
What is the Salvation Army?

300

hesistantly; with uncertainty
What is tentatively?

300

The lead act in a show, something Lemon Brown was not, but he was still popular
What is a headliner?

300

The conflict that Greg and Lemon Brown share
What is facing a group of scalawags?

300

The person who told him some great stories when he was 12
Who is his grandfather?

300

Lemon Brown knows his son loved him because of this.
What is the fact that Jesse saved his father's old harmonica and newspaper clippings of his hit performances (his treasure) while he was in the war?

400

left alone
What is abandoned?

400

"You don't give up the blues; they do this."
What is "they give you up?"

400

How Jesse died, according to Lemon Brown
What is he was killed in the war?

400

The year the author was born plus three years
What is 1940?

400

What Walter Dean Myers creates to help him visualize his characters-- spell this word
What is C-O-L-L-A-G-E?

500

Spell this railing along a staircase.
What is b-a-n-i-s-t-e-r?

500

The blues artist Mrs. Berthiaume played in class
Who is Bo Diddley?

500

The theme of the story
What is the value of a treasure cannot be measured in dollars?

500

He interviewed them when he conducted research in NY and NJ.
What are prison inmates?

500

fear to curiosity to respect
What are the feelings Greg has for Lemon Brown, which change throughout the story?