Vocabulary in Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets

Updated: 8/31/2020
Vocabulary in Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets
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Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket by Jack Finney

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

There are few stories that will actually cause students’ palms to begin to sweat, but if any reader has a fear of heights, this short story will do it. Jack Finney’s thriller examines the motivations of a young man named Tom, driven by ambition and success, to risk his life for a piece of paper. The narrative taps into the very root of the conflict of being able to find a healthy balance between living life and pursuing ambition. While ambition is important for all of us, sometimes it can cloud our judgment, as it clouds Tom Benecke’s judgment in the story. This story is a fair warning to those who might be tempted to take “follow your dreams” a little too literally.


Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket

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lesson plans for Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets Vocabulary activities by Jack Finney

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  • INTERMINABLE
  • FLIMSY
  • CONVOLUTED
  • adj. endless; continued for a long time
  • n. thin typing paper; used with carbon copies
  • adj. twisted; complex; difficult to follow
  • Destination is that way
  • PROJECTION
  • VOCABULARY
  • DEFTNESS
  • n. something that extends out beyond an item near it or adjacent to it
  • n. agility; skillfulness; clever; nimble