Insert the following two words in the spaces provided. Note that each word may only be used once



It was a splendid day. The sun was shining, and Katherine was just leaving a fabulous show where she was the main performer. Katherine had studied ballet for years and thought, with ____________, that she would never be offered to perform on stage. However, the little playhouse in her hometown had an opening last spring, and she had taken it immediately.

As Katherine left the playhouse for the afternoon, she was watchful of the street around her. Suddenly, a woman approached her. “Excuse me. Are you Katherine?” She answered, “Yes, I am. Can I help you?” The woman explained that she was in charge of a large dance company, and she was interested in hiring Katherine because of her unique style of dancing and the special features she adds to her performance.

Katherine was in _____________ that someone else noticed her talent, but she did not hesitate before shouting, “Yes, I’ll take that job!”


It doesn't look like you've even tried. Have you tried using a dictionary?

dismay: the feeling of being very worried, disappointed, or sad about something surprising or shocking that has happened

disbelief: the feeling of not believing someone or something, especially something shocking or unexpected

You have two words and two blanks. It can't be that difficult.

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train lime 287Katherine was in _____________ that someone else noticed her talent

Put yourself in Katherine's place. Would you feel dismay (worried, disappointed, sad) if someone noticed how talented you were?

Now what do you think the answers are?


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My child's 3rd grade teacher taught that dismay is shock and therefore Katherine was in dismay when someone noticed her talent,

I was going to question the teacher on why my son was graded but unfortunately I was overruled by my wife and the people she surveyed.

It's seems that our kids are being trained as lawyers. If Dismay is defined as shock, then it doesn't matter if you're in disbelief that your hard won talent is recognized, rather you are 'shocked' or 'in Dismay' (as it has been legally defined in NY) because they mean the same thing!

train lime 287My child's 3rd grade teacher taught that dismay is shock and therefore Katherine was in dismay when someone noticed her talent

If you check the dictionary definitions, as I did for you above, you'll see that this is false. Dismay is not shock, though it may come about as the result of something shocking. I cannot imagine being in dismay (worried, disappointed, sad) as the result of someone's noticing my talent.

The teacher seems to be misinformed on this issue. If he or she does not contradict common sense too often, it is not likely to affect your son's final evaluation. However, you may want to remain vigilant in case this sort of thing starts to happen too often.