Why is Jem so "inconsistent and moody"?
2. Why wasn't Dill able to come to Maycomb this summer?
3. Describe Calpurnia's church. How did the church get its name?
4. How do the people at Cal's church treat the children?
5. Why doesn't the church have hymn books?
6. Why is the church collecting ten dollars?
7. Of what is Tom Robinson accused? Why won't anyone hire his wife?
8. Who is Zeebo? What does he do at the church?
9. How does Scout feel Calpurnia is different at her own church?
1. Why has Aunt Alexandra come to Maycomb?
2. Describe Aunt Alexandra. Besides the fact that she once lived in Maycomb and she
knows everyone, why does she fit in so well in Maycomb?
3. Give a brief description of how Maycomb was established. Why are so many people
related to each other in some way?
4. Describe the premise of the "talk" Aunt Alexandra makes Atticus have with the children.
According to Scout, why does the talk fail?
5. What does this conversation between Atticus and the children reveal about their
relationship as a family?
He is going through puberty.
2. He was adopted and was staying in Meridian to help build
a boat with his new father.
3. all black, poor, no hymnals, the only church with a steeple
and bell; called "First Purchase" because it was paid for
with the first earnings of freed slaves
4. most are welcoming, although they look at the children as
outsiders; Lula is rude and unwelcoming to them
5. they can't afford them, and even if they could, most of the
church-goers can't read
6. to raise money to help out Tom's wife and children, since
no one will hire her because of the scandal
7. raping a white woman; no one wants to take the risk and
8. Calpurnia's eldest son; he leads the singing—feeds the
lines to the congregation, since there are no hymnals
9. she talks like the other colored folks
1. to take care of the kids while Atticus is busy with the case
2. She has her own ideas, she fits in well with the people of
Maycomb because she follows their ways. She is a
prominent female figure in the community and a gossip.
She holds Missionary teas; she knows all about the history
of the people of the town and their secrets which seems to
be an asset in Maycomb. Scout feels she is cold and
distant; Aunt Alexandra does not believe that the children
are being raised correctly-—they need a mother or a
proper woman figure to teach them
3. Maycomb is ancient; twenty miles east of Finch's Landing;
Sinkfield built a tavern at the point where two pig trails
meet, where he served and supplied both Indians and
settlers; he convinced the Governor that his tavern was
exactly in the middle of the state, where they set up
Maycomb; everyone is related to everyone else because
getting anywhere else was too much work; also few
people came into Maycomb, so there was a lot of intermarriage and inbreeding.
4. about their background, their family history; "they are not
run of the mill people"; according to Scout, Atticus was not
successful because it takes a woman to have that talk.
5. Answers will vary. It indicates the respect the children
have for Atticus; it also shows that maybe the children do
need a mother-figure, since he doesn't do well talking to
the kids about certain things