TKAM ch 7 & 8 questions and answers
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Jem has been acting odd ever since he went to retrieve his pants from the Radley's fence. What surprised him that night, and why is he frightened by it?
When Jem went back for his pants, he found them mended and neatly folded over the fence. This frightens him because it makes him think that someone had been watching him or reading his mind
Scout and Jem find several more items in the knot-hole of the tree.
Briefly list the things that they find.Which item do they consider their "biggest prize"?
They find a ball of gray twine, a package of chewing gum, and an old spelling bee medal. Perhaps the most intriguing items are two small images carved in soap: a boy that resembles Jem and a girl that resembles Scout. The item they consider their biggest prize is "a pocket watch that wouldn't run, on a chain with an aluminum knife."
Previously, the children had assumed that the knot-hole was someone's hiding place. What evidence now suggests that the items in the tree are meant specifically for Scout and Jem?
The soap carvings that resemble Scout and Jem indicate that the person made these items
specifically for them. This further suggests that all of the items in the tree have been meant as gifts for the two of them.
Who do you suppose is responsible for the gifts in the knot-hole? Why do you think the person is leaving these things?
Boo Radley is probably the one responsible.If Boo Radley is the one responsible for the gifts, he may be motivated by loneliness and a desire for contact with the outside world—he has been shut up in the house for decades. He is reaching out in a tentative way to Scout and Jem. He might be foreshadowing.
When Jem and Scout return to the tree with the idea of placing in it a thank you note
for the anonymous gift giver, they find the knot-hole plugged up with cement. Who
plugged the knot-hole, and why?
Nathan Radley plugged the hole. When Jem asks him why, the man says he did it because the tree is dying
How does Jem find out that the explanation for filling the knot-hole is false? Do you think this is the real reason?
Jem asks Atticus to look at the tree and tell him if it appears to be dying. Atticus replies, "Why no, son, I don't think so. Look at the leaves, they're all green and full, no brown patches anywhere...That tree's as healthy as you are, Jem." Nathan Radley guesses that Boo has been putting items in the tree for the children to find, and he wants to stop all contact between Boo and the children.
When Jem finally comes in for the night, Scout notices that he had been crying. Why do you think he was crying?
Jem is upset that Boo Radley's attempts at contact and
friendship have been cruelly blocked by Nathan Radley
At the beginning of the chapter, Scout mentions that old Mrs. Radley died but her death "caused hardly a ripple" in the neighborhood. Why was this case?
Mrs. Radley was very seldom seen outside of her house. Since she had no contact with her neighbors, no one was really affected by her death.
What dramatic event causes Atticus to wake up the children at one o'clock in the morning?
Miss Maudie's house is on fire.
Why does Atticus make the children leave the house and stand in front of the Radley house?
There is a chance that the fire will spread to some of the neighboring houses, including the Finches' house.
As Jem and Scout drink hot chocolate with their father after the fire, Scout notices Atticus looking at her with curiosity and sternness. What does he see? How does Scout react?
Atticus sees a blanket around her shoulders that does not belong to the Finches. Scout and Jem are both bewildered by the presence of the blanket. Scout does not remember putting it on, nor does she remember anyone giving it to her.
Who put the blanket around Scout's shoulders, and how does Atticus reach this conclusion? What is Scout's reaction when she hears the information?
Boo Radley put the blanket on Scout. Atticus comes to this conclusion because no one else in the Radley house could have done so. Mrs. Radley had recently died, and Nathan Radley was over at the fire helping out. When Scout hears the information, she feels sick: "My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up...." She is obviously still terrified of the Boo Radley of her imagination—the monstrous figure that superstition and gossip have created.
Why do Atticus and Jem decide not to return the blanket at this time?
Atticus and Jem both realize that if they return the blanket, Nathan Radley will know that Boo ventured out of the house. They decide not to return it in hopes of saving Boo from punishment.
Up to this point in the novel, Boo Radley has been perceived as a lunatic or a monster. What evidence in the past two chapters indicates that he is not at all the threatening figure that people have made him out to be?
Boo apparently was responsible for the kind act of mending Jem's pants and folding them neatly over the fence. Evidence also points to the fact that he was behind all of the gifts that Jem and Scout found in the tree. Most recently, it has been discovered that Boo was the one who put the blanket around Scout on the night of the fire. All of these actions demonstrate that Boo Radley is the opposite of what most of the townspeople think. By all indications, he is not a scary or threatening figure but, instead, a kind, caring, and generous man.
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