For many of you, songs from Disney movies probably formed the soundtrack to your grade-school friendships and pre-adolescent bonding rituals.
Now, what if we told you that you could use Disney songs – and more specifically, vocab words contained within these songs – to help prepare for the SAT? Below, we’ve taken a fond look back at our favorite Disney lyrics. Guess the missing word from the following snippets to get 26 words closer to your desired SAT Verbal score.
Who knew studying could be so… magical?
1. “Part of Your World,” The Little Mermaid
Synonyms: reproach, reproof, censure, rebuke, reproof
Antonyms: citation, commendation, endorsement
Betcha on land
Bet they don’t __________ their daughters
Bright young women
Sick o’ swimmin’
Ready to stand
One of my favorites, from a string of “r” words that mean the same thing… Did you know that “Ariel” means “sprite” or “fairy” and that to “scuttle” (the name of the seagull in the movie) is to “hurry”?
2. “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” The Little Mermaid
Synonyms: junk, ashes, debris, remains, wreckage, unimportant material
_____________, ____________, now I’ve got her, boys
The boss is on a roll
This poor unfortunate soul!
3. “Belle,” The Beauty and the Beast
Synonyms: rustic, yokel, bumpkin, hillbilly
Antonyms: cosmopolitan, sophisticated
There goes the baker with his tray, like always
The same old bread and rolls to sell
Ev’ry morning just the same
Since the morning that we came
To this poor _____________ town
For millions worldwide, the mention of this word instantly evokes the image of Belle strolling into town, stack of books in arm…
4. “Gaston,” The Beauty and the Beast
Synonyms: ideal, model, nonpareil, classic
Antonyms: shoddy, ordinary
No one’s slick as Gaston
No one’s quick as Gaston
No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston
For there’s no man in town half as manly
Perfect, a pure _____________
Did you know that “Beauty and the Beast” is one of the only animated films to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar and that the story is considered one of the most sophisticated fairy-tales of all time with its intense character development and exploration of sacrifice and true love?
5. “Friend Like Me,” Aladdin
Synonyms: viceroy, governor, official
Antonyms: ordinary citizen, servant
Mister Aladdin, sir, have a wish or two or three
I’m on the job, you big ___________
6. “Prince Ali,” Aladdin
Synonyms: clique, fold, coven
Now, try your best to stay calm
Brush up your Sunday salaam
Then come and meet his spectacular ________________
7. “Prince Ali,” Aladdin
Synonyms: collection, exhibition, safari park
He’s got seventy-five golden camels
He’s got fifty-three
When it comes to exotic-type mammals
Has he got a zoo?
I’m telling you, it’s a world-class _____________
Too bad Babkak, Omar, and Kazim were cut from the film. Otherwise, you’d get “impertinent” on your list. Synonyms: audacious, impudent, brash.
8. “Prince Ali,” Aladdin
Synonyms: mendicant, wonder-worker, ascetic
With his forty ______________, his cooks, his bakers
His birds that warble on key
Make way for prince Ali!
9. “Be Prepared,” The Lion King
Synonyms: keeping, remembering, holding on to
I know that your powers of ___________
Are as wet as a warthog’s backside
Villains get the best vocab. Scar is a virtuoso in this respect.
10. “Be Prepared,” The Lion King
Synonyms: soiled, stained, begrimed
Antonyms: spotless, immaculate
I know it sounds __________________
But you’ll be rewarded
When at last I am given my dues!
Did you know that The Lion King is often considered “Hamlet” for kids? Rosencrantz and Gilderstern = Timon and Pumba.
11. “Be Prepared,” The Lion King
A) Synonyms: overturn, upset
B) Synonyms: careful, detailed
C) Synonyms: persistent, forceful
So prepare for the ___________ of the century
Be prepared for the murkiest scam
(We’ll have food!)
(Lots of food)
Decades of denial
Is simply why I’ll
Be king undisputed
And seen for the wonder I am
12. “Out There,” The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A) Synonym: aspersing, vilification, blackening
B) Synonym: dismay, confusion
Antonym: composure, equanimity
Why invite their __________
Stay in here
Be faithful to me
Want a head-start on GRE vocab? Get a handle on “architecture” words like “sconce” and “parapet” you will also find scattered throughout the lyrics of Hunchback.
13. “Heaven’s Light/Hellfire,” The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A) Synonym: crude, indecent
B) Synonym: lascivious, lewd
You know I’m so much purer than
The common, ________, weak, _________ crowd
Driven mad by his desire for the raven-haired and bare-footed Esmerelda, Judge Frollo is one of Disney’s most complex villains… This song gets points for the gorgeous choral opening. Whether or not you fancy this Disneyfied version of the novel’s social injustice, violence, religious fanaticism, and lust, one has to applaud the ambition of transforming a great literary work into a hand-drawn animated classic. Yes, the two genres don’t exactly mix, but at times, the fusion is sublime.
14. “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” Mary Poppins
Synonym: advanced, mature
If you say it loud enough
You’ll always sound ___________
The world’s most famous neologism.
15. “The Bells of Notre Dame,” The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A) Synonyms: dependent, follower, underling
B) Synonyms: pang, misgiving, unease
Antonyms: comfort, contentedness
You can lie to yourself and your __________
You can claim that you haven’t a ___________
But you never can run from
Nor hide what you’ve done from the eyes
The very eyes of Notre Dame
Since the novel’s publication, “Quasimodo” has become synonymous with “courageous and kind-hearted despite a hideous exterior.”
16. “Old Father William,” Alice in Wonderland
You are old, Father William,” the young man said
“And your hair has become very white
And yet you _____________ stand on your head
Do you think, at your age, it is right, is right?
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”
Did you know that Lewis Carroll’s poem, “Old Father William” is a parody of Robert Southey’s then well-known poem, “The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them.” Caroll’s parody pokes fun at the righteous didacticism of Southey’s instructional verse and affords Father William a memorable, eccentric personality.
17. “We’ll Smoke the ___________ Out,” Alice in Wonderland
A) Synonyms: bastard, lout
B) Synonyms: drive out
Oh, we’ll smoke the __________ out
We’ll put the beast to __________
Some kindling, just a stick or two
Ah, this bit of rubbish ought to do
Did you know that Lewis Carroll was a stutterer in adult company but spoke fluently around children? The character of “Dodo” is said to be a self-caricature of Carroll himself, who had difficulty pronouncing his own name “Dodgson.”
18. “Friends on the Other Side,” The Princess and the Frog
Synonyms: detract, disparage
Antonyms: commend, laud
Don’t you disrespect me little man!
Don’t you ___________ or deride!
You’re in my world now
Not your world
And I got friends on the other side!
Did you know that the villain’s name, “Facilier,” comes from the word, “facile” which means “easy”?
Answers: 1) reprimand 2) flotsam, jetsam 3) provincial 4) paragon 5) nabob 6) coterie
7) menagerie 8) fakirs 9) retention 10) sordid 11) coup, meticulous, tenacity 12) calumny, consternation 13) vulgar, licentious 14) precocious 15) minions, qualm 16) incessantly 17) blighter, rout 18) derogate