SAT/ACT Vocabulary from The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games

Unless you've been living under a rock this year, you've probably heard of the Hunger Games.

If you haven't read the books or seen the movie yet, I highly recommend doing both. And not just because they're awesomely entertaining. They both offer a great way to learn new vocabulary words - honestly!

Learning words from movies and novels is not only fun but also effective. I guarantee that once you've seen the movie or read the books, you'll never forget the meaning of the following 12 SAT/ACT vocabulary words that define The Hunger Games. Warning - spoilers ahead!

In this dystopian novel, the defiant Katniss and the selfless Peeta have been selected as District 12's tributes in the reaping for the 74th Annual Hunger Games: a sadistic gladiator-style reality show where contestants fight to the death.

Together, they face seemingly insurmountable odds – including deadly adversaries in the Career Tributes, extreme emaciation, mutated wolves, and a life-threatening bout of blood poisoning for Peeta which leaves him with a tenuous grasp on life until Katniss is able to get him the medicine he needs from the cornucopia.

In the end, Katniss and Peeta finally overcome the odds to win. The only question that remains is – was their love real or was it just a high-stakes gambit to survive?

Who says studying isn't fun? And may the odds be ever in your favor on test day!

12 Vocabulary Words from The Hunger Games

  • Dystopia
  • Defiant
  • Selfless
  • Tribute
  • Reaping
  • Sadistic
  • Insurmountable
  • Emaciation
  • Mutation
  • Tenuous
  • Cornucopia
  • Gambit


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