Today is the day of the
aptitude test that will show me which of the five factions I belong in.
come into rough contact with while moving
Every time it hits a patch of uneven pavement, it
jostles me from side to side, even though I’m gripping the seat to keep myself still.
arousing animosity or hostility
This sort of thing has been happening to others in my faction for months now—the Erudite have been releasing
antagonistic reports about Abnegation, and it has begun to affect the way we relate at school.
the way a person behaves toward other people
The gray clothes, the plain hairstyle, and the unassuming
demeanor of my faction are supposed to make it easier for me to forget myself, and easier for everyone else to forget me too.
a journey by a group to escape from a hostile environment
And as the last few cars pass, a mass
exodus of young men and women in dark clothing hurl themselves from the moving cars, some dropping and rolling, others stumbling a few steps before regaining their balance.
take the place or move into the position of
Faction customs dictate even idle behavior and
supersede individual preference.
convey or express a meaning
If I didn’t feel like my heart had migrated to my throat, I would ask her what it
compulsory force or threat
My biology textbook said that dogs can smell fear because of a chemical secreted by human glands in a state of
duress, the same chemical a dog’s prey secretes.
not consistent with or using reason
My fear is
irrational; this is just a test, it isn’t real.
the act of imitating the behavior of some situation
“Typically, each stage of the
simulation eliminates one or more of the factions, but in your case, only two have been ruled out.”
a postulated sequence of possible events
If you had shown an automatic distaste for the knife and selected the cheese, the simulation would have led you to a different
scenario that confirmed your aptitude for Amity.
an organization of people involved in a pact or treaty
Your intelligent response to the dog indicates strong
alignment with the Erudite.
tending to move apart in different directions
My conclusion,” she explains, “is that you display equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite. People who get this kind of result are . . .” She looks over her shoulder like she expects someone to appear behind her. “. . . are called . . .
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
But choosing a different faction means I
forsake my family.
a formal entry into an organization or position or office
Because they failed to complete
initiation into whatever faction they chose, they live in poverty, doing the work no one else wants to do.
strong and sharp, as a taste or smell
I smell something
acrid and unpleasant on his breath.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
The reason for the simplicity isn’t
disdain for uniqueness, as the other factions have sometimes interpreted it.
the act of deceiving or acting in bad faith
I seem to have persuaded Susan and Robert, who no longer look concerned for my mental stability, but Caleb narrows his eyes at me, the way he does when he suspects someone of
hesitant or lacking confidence; unsettled in mind or opinion
He and I have been exchanging looks for the past year as Susan and Caleb flirt in the
tentative way known only to the Abnegation.
without fault or error
Our leaders are selected by their peers for their
impeccable character, moral fortitude, and leadership skills.
cause extensive destruction or ruin utterly
Two years ago, Marcus’s son, Tobias, left us for the Dauntless, and Marcus was
be or become weak, unsteady, or uncertain
Tori’s warning whispers in my memory every time my resolve to keep my mouth shut
flow over or cover completely
We set an example for our fellow faction members, and soon the three of us are
engulfed in the mass of gray fabric ascending cement stairs in the half light.
contain or include
I could be
subsumed into Abnegation’s hive mind, projecting always outward.
having a common center
The room is arranged in
a very steep cliff
“Our dependents are now sixteen. They stand on the
precipice of adulthood, and it is now up to them to decide what kind of people they will be.”
an orientation that characterizes the thinking of a group
Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political
ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world.
destroy completely, as if down to the roots
They divided into factions that sought to
eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray.
a favorite saying of a sect or political group
I think of the
motto I read in my Faction History textbook: Faction before blood.
the act of misleading
“I’m used to just saying whatever is on my mind. Mom used to say that politeness is
deception in pretty packaging.”
discouraging through fear
“. . . definitely
intimidating,” I finally say.
a servile or fawning dependent
“Yeah, Peter’s slightly more feminine-looking
minion,” she says, nodding toward the cluster of people on the other side of the room.
secret and sly or sordid
Peter, Drew, and Molly cast
furtive looks in our direction and then pull their heads together, whispering.
without mercy or pity
I feel like I am looking at two different kinds of Dauntless—the honorable kind, and the
give in, as to influence or pressure
She says it like she expects him to
relent, but her wide eyes and ashen face suggest otherwise.