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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 7-31 Questions
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does jem still fear the gifts in the tree? give reasons for your answer.
Jem no longer fears the gifts in the tree, as he believes that they are a gift from someone.
when the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts, they are prevented. how did this happen? who does it, and why might he do so?
The children are prevented from giving their letter to the gift giver because Mr. Nathan Radley fills the hole in the tree with cement. He says that the tree is "sick" and that when a tree is sick, you fill it with cement to make it better. He might be lying to keep whoever keeps leaving the gifts from leaving them or to keep the kids out of the tree.
can you find any evidence that jem is more mature and wise (intelligence and awareness that comes with age/experience) than scout? provide at least one example that supports your answer.
Jem is more mature and aware during this chapter. This is shown through his newfound care and compassion towards Scout, knowing how to comfort her and make her feel better when they discover that the hole has been filled.
why does scout disapprove of jem's and dill's plan of looking in at one of the radley's windows?
Scout disapproves of Jem and Dill's plan because she knows that her father would be disappointed and she thinks that Boo Radley could target them.
what does mr. nathan radley know about the intruders in his garden? why does miss stephanie refer to a "negro" over whose head mr. nathan has fired?
Mr. Radley doesn't know much about the intruders in his garden. However, he believes that it is a "negro" trying to steal from him. Miss Stephanie refers to this intruder as a "negro" because, during this time, people of color were defined as being criminals.
why does dill's explanation of jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble?
Dill's explanation of Jem's lack of pants almost lands them in trouble because in Maycomb, playing poker- not just strip, but any kind- with cards was frowned upon.
identify at least two details in this chapter that reveal the setting (time period and place) of this novel.
"For reasons unfathomable to the most experienced prophets in Maycomb County, autumn turned to winter that year." This explicitly tells the place, Maycomb County.
"Eula May was Maycomb's leading telephone operator. She was entrusted with issuing public announcements, wedding invitations, setting off the fire siren, and giving first-aid instructions when Dr. Reynolds was away." This shows how things were back then, giving away that the time period is the early 1900's, due to the technologies, but the style in which it was handled.
why is jem's snowman creation so unacceptable to both atticus and miss maudie?
Jem's snowman creation is disrespectful to Miss Maudie because it is a representation of her husband, Mr. Avery. It is disrespectful to Atticus because he is friends with Mr. Avery and thinks that it is bad to make "caricatures" of the neighbors.
what does the fire at miss maudie's house reveal about the people living in alabama in the 1930s?
The fire at Miss. Maudie's house shows that the people living in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s are very neighborly and caring of one another, willing to get out of bed in the middle of the night to save the furniture.
besides atticus, identify a new character who supports jem and scout. provide evidence to support this character's benevolent spirit.
Boo Radley is the new supporter of Jem and Scout. This is demonstrated when Boo puts the blanket around Scout's shoulders when she is shivering in the cold.
why does atticus feel he should defend tom robinson? is it usual for (white) lawyers to do their best for black clients in alabama during this time period?
Atticus feels that he should defend Tom Robinson because it is the "right thing to do" and he wouldn't be able to live with himself if he didn't. It is very unusual for a white lawyer in this setting to care so much about defending a black man.
scout and jem have "mixed feelings" about christmas. what are these feelings and why do they feel this way?
Scout and Jem like Christmas because they get to eat a lot, receive presents, and see Uncle Jack. However, they don't like Christmas because they have to see Aunt Alexandra and Cousin Francis.
uncle jack finch tells scout that she is growing out of her pants. what does this mean and why does he say it?
Uncle Jack tells Scout that she's growing out of her pants because he's playing fun at her, telling Scout that he thinks she is acting older than she is, where older girls don't wear pants. He thinks this because of her foul language and her actions.
describe aunt alexandra and explain her negative feelings about scout. how does aunt alexandra perpetuate (promote and continue) stereotypes?
Aunt Alexandra thinks that Scout is way too out of hand, and should be acting more lady-like. Her beliefs of what females should be like feels into stereotypes because she is living up to the status quo, and expecting every female to also do this.
does scout learn anything from overhearing atticus's conversation with uncle jack? what might this be?
Scout learns that her father just wants her to trust him and that things are going to get worse for her in the future.
explain at least two examples that reveal atticus's parenting skills. hint: what is atticus trying to teach his children, jem and scout?
Atticus is trying to teach his children to always stand up for what they believe in, as well as to treat everyone with the same respect.
scout says that "atticus was feeble" (weak). do you think that this is her view as she tells the story or her view when she was younger? does she still think this after the events recordd in this chapter? why/why not?
I think that Scout's view of Atticus as being feeble was her view as a child. By the end of the chapter, she finds him strong and skilled.
in this chapter, atticus tells his children that "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (p.90). what reason does he give for saying this?
Atticus provides the reason that mockingbirds don't do anything but sing nice songs to people, therefore, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
what does the shooting of tim johnson reveal about heck tate and atticus? how does atticus feel about how well he can shoot?
The shooting of Tim Johson reveals that Heck Tate and Atticus have been friends for a long time, as Heck knew that Atticus didn't like shooting and hasn't shot in 30 years. Atticus is very humble about his gun-shooting ability.
jem and scout have different views about telling people at school how well atticus can shoot. explain this difference. which view is closer to your own?
Scout wants to tell everyone about Atticus' shooting ability so that they can have something to brag on about their father. Jem wants to keep it quiet because he respect's Atticus' wishes. I think that I'm more like Scout in this scenario because I would be proud of my father, wanting to tell everyone about his accomplishments.
how does atticus advise jem to react to mrs. dubose's taunts?
Atticus advises Jem to be a gentleman and ignore Mrs. Dubose's taunts.
characterize mrs. dubose. characterization includes personality traits, actions, thoughts/feelings, and other people's points of view.
Mrs. Dubose is an elderly woman that is neighbors with the Finches. She often yells insults to Scout and Jem as they walk by her house, but is always very nice to Atticus. She thinks that she knows the perfect standard that everyone should be and tries to fix anyone who doesn't fit the standard. Adults respect her because they pity her sickness.
what request does mrs. dubose make of jem? what does mrs. dubose gain from this "punishment" to jem? what does jem gain?
Mrs. Dubose requests that Jem come over to read to her every day for a month and regrow her flowers. She gains company during her last few weeks and Jem gains a better understanding of perspective.
what does atticus teach jem and scout about understanding antagonizing and belittling language and people like mrs. dubose?
Atticus teaches Jem and Scout that you should keep your head about antagonizing things that people like Mrs. Dubose say because people like her are just saying things like that to get a reaction out of someone.
chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. explain why harper lee chooses to end the first part here.
I think Harper Lee chooses to end part 1 here because maybe things are about to start changing in the story, and the children are growing out of their childhood innocence and learning about the cruelties of the real world.
briefly explain jem's and scout's visit to first purchase church (calpurnia's church). what to people think/feel about them? how do they feel about this experience?
Jem and Scout's visit to First Purchase shows them that black people have a very different way of life, and they have learned to adapt to their lack of education, resources, and money, and are happy just the same. Jem and Scout think they are being targeted at the beginning, but are easily welcomed into the environment.
what new things do scout and jem learn at this church about how the black people live?
Scout and Jem learn that racism goes both ways when they are attacked by Lula, who is mean to them because they are white.
describe calpurnia's education and her son's education-- refer to their literacy.
Calpurnia was taught her letters by Miss Buford, Maudie Atkinson's aunt at Finch Landing. She then taught her son to read and write from the Bible when he was growing up.
explain why calpurnia speaks differently in the finch household, and among her neighbors at church. how is this language different in a workplace and in a social setting and/or around family?
Calpurnia speaks differently when around the black people because they wouldn't accept the way she lives, as they all have their own dialect. Her Finch dialect was much more educated and made sense to the Finches, but it may not have made sense to her community.
why does aunt alexandra come to stay with atticus and his family? what is she like?
Aunt Alexandra is coming to stay with the Finches because she wants to teach Scout how to be more feminine, which Scout doesn't really like, as well as watch the children while Atticus was at work.
reread the first two things alexandra says when she comes to the finch house. are these typical of her or not?
The commanding of Calpurnia, a black woman and the criticism of Scout is very typical of Aunt Alexandra to say.
alexandra thinks that scout is "dull" (not clever). why does she think this, and is she right? are all adults good at knowing how clever young people are?
Alexandra thinks Scout is "dull" because she doesn't say too much and is always doing "dumb boy things," which Alexandra thought was improper for a young lady at the time.
how does aunt alexandra involve herself in maycomb's social life?
Aunt Alexandra interacted with all of the citizens of Maycomb, as well as joined several county boards.
comment on aunt alexandra's ideas about breeding and family. why does atticus tell them to forget it? who is right, do you think?
Alexandra thought that breeding within the family was sure to keep the family fresh and pure. Atticus tells them to forget it because he realized that the normal Finch family wasn't what Scout or Jem was like, and he didn't want them to end up the same way.
who does scout find hiding under bed? why is this person hiding in the finch home?
Scout finds Dill under her bed. Dill was hiding in the Finch home because he had run away from his new family in Meridian, who Dill didn't like.
why is jem considered a "traitor"? why is he also considered a maturing, more responsible young man?
Jem is considered a "traitor" because he tells Atticus that Dill was in the house, even though Dill was desperate for his Aunt Rachel not to find out, which would inevitably happen if Atticus knew. He is also considered a more responsible young man because it was the right thing to do, telling Atticus.
describe jem's behavior when he confronts atticus at the jailhouse and also meets a mob of hostile men.
Jem's behavior was resilient when he confronts Atticus at the Jailhouse, refusing to go home.
describe scout's behavior in the setting mentioned above.
At the jailhouse, Scout tried to make conversation with the men around Atticus, not even taking into account that they were going to try hurting him.
describe how the maycomb people act at the courthouse square-- when they arrive to view the trial of tom robinson.
The Maycomb people were crowding at the courthouse square, talking about both sides of the case and their opinions on the matter.
where do jem, scout, and dill sin in the courthouse? why is this significant?
Jem, Scout, and Dill sat with Reverend Sykes and the colored folks from Calpurnia's church. This is significant because it shows that the blacks were accepting of these children, and were willing to take care of them because of Atticus' actions.
describe tom robinson's alleged crime, as told by bob ewell and heck tate.
Tom Robinson's alleged crime was beating and raping Mayella Ewell.
what evidence does atticus reveal about bob ewell that may find him guilty of tom robinson's alleged crime?
Atticus reveals Bob Ewell's left-handedness, which may prove him to be guilty of Tom Robinson's alleged crime.
characterize bob ewell (describe his actions, language/speech, and other people's points of view).
Bob Ewell gets fired up easily, yelling at the slightest provocation, accusing Atticus of things out of frustration and evasion of his questioning.
characterize mayella on the witness stand. remember, characterization includes personality traits, actions, thoughts/feelings, language/speech, and other people's points of view. what are your opinions of her? explain.
Mayella Ewell was unsure of her testimony and nervous about someone in the room, claiming Atticus was "scaring her." I think that she was telling lies about who hurt her and was trying to lie as to not get hurt by her father again.
comparison: how are mayella and her father similar? contrast: how are they different?
Mayella and her father were both similar because they didn't seem to know what they were talking about, and were evasive while answering questions. They are different because rather than lashing out when a question Mayella didn't want to answer, she stayed silent or cried.
how does mayella incriminate her father on the witness stand? why does this help tom robinson's case?
Mayella incriminates her father for being a drunk who often left home for several days, leaving his children alone for long periods of time.
how does tom robinson's testimony help his case? how does his testimony hurt his case?
Tom Robinson's testimony helps his case because it shows that he is a good man who has never had any intentions to harm anyone, and showed that Mayella lied, however, this hurt his case because it shows that a black man felt sorry for a white girl.
which characters have courage to break society's code of ethics for this setting? explain their courageous acts.
Atticus, Tom Robinson, and Mayella all broke society's code of ethics. Atticus broke this by taking the case of a black man and giving him a fair trial. Tom Robinson broke this by helping Mayella. Mayella broke this by kissing a black man.
how does atticus's closing statement help his defendant, tom robinson? how does his closing statement hurt his defendant?
Atticus's closing statement helped Tom Robinson because it made the jury rethink what they were going to say: that Tom is guilty. However, Atticus's closing statement hurt his defense because it insulted the Ewells and people like them.
how do you think the jury will react to atticus's closing statement? explain your reasoning.
I think the jury won't give Tom Robinson an equal chance at justice because the setting of the novel is Alabama in the 1930s, where racism and discrimination were still at a high point.
who believes that tom robinson has a chance of being set free? why do they believe this?
Jem thinks that Tom Robinson has a chance of being set free. He pays close attention to Atticus' case and is able to see how everything fits together: all evidence pointing to Tom being innocent.
why do reverend sykes and the rest of the african american spectators stand for atticus, even after his defendant tom was found guilty?
Reverend Sykes and the rest of the African Americans stood when Atticus walked past because they believed Atticus saw through Tom's skin color and still believed he was innocent, despite the jury's decision. They show their gratitude since he put his own family on the line for Tom.
explain how atticus's character has influenced jem. identify evidence that supports jem's reaction to the guilty verdict.
Atticus has influenced his son by causing Jem to want to pursue a career to help black people, wanting justice and equality, just like his father.
how do the children (jem, scout, and dill) deal with the outcome of the trial? what do their coping mechanisms reveal about each of them?
Jem was extremely impacted by the outcome of the trial and was crying over it. Whereas both Scout and Dill were shocked, but Scout got over it quickly because she wasn't able to comprehend a lot of what happened.
how do the adults (atticus, miss rachel, calpurnia, aunt alexandra, miss stephanie, miss maudie, and bob ewell) deal with the outcome of the trial? what do their reactions and comments reveal about each of their characters?
Atticus accepted the results, Miss Rachel and Alexandra were not surprised, Bob Ewell wanted vengeance, and Miss Maudie saw this as a step forward for equality.
how did bob ewell confront atticus? how did atticus react? what does atticus's reaction reveal about his character?
Bob Ewell spits on Atticus, curses at him, and threatens to kill him. Atticus's actions reveal that his very tolerant and would rather have this done to him than his children.
what does circumstantial evidence mean in terms of tom's trial?
In terms of Tom's trial, circumstantial evidence means that evidence is not forensically backed.
why don't maycomb citizens sit on juries in their town?
Maycomb citizens don't sit on juries because they are afraid that their decisions will affect their business.
why does scout want to befriend walter cunningham now (after learning more about the inner workings of the trial)?
Scout wants to befriend Walter Cunningham because of Mr. Cunningham's true opinion that Tom Robinson was innocent, despite the verdict being guilty.
why does aunt alexandra accept that the cunninghams may be good but are not "our kind of folks"? do you think that people should mix only with others of the same social class and/or race? are class/race-divisions good or bad for societies?
Aunt Alexandra thinks the Cunninghams aren't "our kind of folks" because the Cunninghams are in a lower social class than the Finches are. I think different classes and races should mix because the separation leads to discrimination and the feeling that you are better or less than someone else, which could corrupt society.
identify evidence in the story that reveals scout is naive and childlike and jem is more mature and adult-like in his understanding of people.
Scout is naive and childlike because she isn't able to comprehend what is going on in society, while Jem is mature and adult-like since he has the ability to see the connections within social classes, unlike Scout.
how does scout feel about the women (aunt alexandra, miss rachel, mrs. merriweather, miss stephanie, and miss maudie) and their discussions in this chapter? how do they treat scout?
Scout feels that the women are directing all the questions towards her since Scout isn't as ladylike as what is expected, and she wants to leave the table. They treat Scout like a little kid, making fun of her wearing pants- all except for Miss Maudie, who sat with Scout, holding her hand tightly.
what can you learn from the women of maycomb about proper and improper behavior?
The audience learns from the women of Maycomb that it is proper to be well-mannered, approachable, and ladylike. They think it's improper to stand up for what you believe in.
why did tom try to escape from prison?
Tom Robinson tried to escape from prison because he gave up on life and knew that the justice system would deem him guilty, despite his innocence. He took matters into his own hands.
explain briefly how tom was killed.
Tom Robinson was shot 17 times during the exercise period in prison when he tried to climb the fence.
how is the meaning of the title revealed in this chapter?
The meaning of the title is revealed in this chapter when Tom was killed, using the metaphor to show that it is a sin to kill someone so innocent- like a mockingbird.
why is tom's death considered "typical" in maycomb?
Tom's death is considered "typical" in Maycomb because of the racism and discrimination in Alabama at the time.
how does mr. underwood feel about tom's death? why did the author choose to include mr. underwood's opinions about tom's death?
Mr. Underwood felt like Tom's murder was wrong because Tom was crippled. I think Lee chose to include Mr. Underwood's opinion because it demonstrated a change in his views of black people since the beginning of the story.
why is the court of public opinion sometimes more influential than the court of law? refer to the novel and an example in real life.
The court of public opinion is sometimes more influential than the court of law because the decisions sometimes made in court can be very wrong and the public's opinions have the potential to destroy standards.
what do you think ewell meant when he said "it made one down and about two more to go"? what can you predict will happen next?
When Ewell said "it made one down and about two more to go," I can predict that the whole purpose of accusing Tom was to get him killed and that he will go after another two people soon.
identify at least one example that scout is growing up and maturing and one example that jem is growing up and maturing.
One example of Scout growing up is that she was sorry about bothering Boo Radley. An example of Jem growing up is that he is very emotional and his moods frequently change.
why is is hypocritical of miss gates to teach a lesson on hitler's persecution of the jews?
It is hypocritical of Miss. Gates to teach a lesson on Hitler because her opinions of prejudice applied to the Jews in Germany, yet she was prejudice towards black people in her own community.
what is harper lee's purpose in writing this chapter? think about the messages she wants to send her readers.
Lee's purpose in writing this chapter may have been to compare how bad life in America for black people seems when compared so closely to the terrible life of Jews in Germany, as well as show how hypocritical people are in their beliefs.
identify three threats that bob ewell allegedly makes against some maycomb townspeople.
Bob Ewell allegedly threatens Judge Taylor due to his mocking of Bob. He also threatens Helen Robinson on account of Link Deas' actions and threatens the welfare lady since he lost his job.
why do you believe the author, harper lee, included the halloween story in her novel? describe any significance you believe it has.
I think that Lee includes the Halloween story to represent the transition of Scout from childhood to adolescence, gaining maturity.
identify at least two signs that foreshadow trouble ahead.
Two signs the foreshadow troubles are the pitch blackness of the outside and the rustling behind the children as they walk home.
describe the significant event in this chapter that forever changes jem and scout.
In this chapter, Jem and Scout were attacked by Bob Ewell which significantly changed their lives.
who is the stranger standing in the corner of jem's room? why might he be there?
The stranger standing in the corner of Jem's room was Boo Radley. He was the one who saved Jem and Scout.
why is scout's ham costume significant to the story?
Scout's ham costume was what saved her life from Bob Ewell.
who is the perpetrator (the person responsible for the crime)? how do you know who he is?
Bob Ewell is the perpetrator. Even before Heck Tate stated it, his guiltiness was obvious because he held a grudge against Atticus and wanted to take it out on his children.
why does heck tate insist that bob ewell's death was self-inflicted? in what was is this partly true?
Heck Tate insists that Bob Ewell's death was self-inflicted because he wants to protect Boo Radley. By the details given, it is obvious that Boo was the one who stabbed Bob and Heck wanted to keep that hidden.
comment on the way the narrator (scout) summarizes earlier events and characters to show their significance. refer to events and characters that include boo radley, jem, atticus, and the neighborhood as a whole. why do you think harper lee (the author) chose to end her novel this way?
Scout summarizes earlier events and characters by looking at the story from a different perspective. I think Lee chose to end the novel in this way to show that every event in the story led up to the ending.
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