to kill a mocking bird
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What do you learn in this chapter(one) about Maycomb?
maycomb is a small town in the south
What do you learn about Atticus Finch and his family in this chapter(chapter one)?
atticus finch is a wealthier father and widower, he is a lawyer
he has two children named jem and scout
jem- the son is around 9
scout- the daughter is around 6
Dill (chapter one)
dill is a seven year old boy who was spending his summer in maycomb
his real name is Charles Baker Harris
he brags a lot
What briefly, has happened to Arthur "Boo" Radly (chapter one)
boo radley was apart of a group of kids, sort of gang members
the crew was sent away
he was not seen for 15 years, and than one night Boo was cutting the Tribune (newspaper) when his father entered the room, Boo stabber him with the scissors and just continued to cut the newspaper
Why does the Radley Place fascinate Scout, Jem, and Dill? (chapter one)
because they live in a small quiet town and hearing about an insane person intreges them
What do you notice about the narrative voice, and the viewpoint in the novel? (chapter one)
the narrative voice comes from a woman named Scout, the viewpoint comes from a younger scout.
Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school? (chapter two)
scout was so looking forward to school because she wanted to be apart of something and this began her life
What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? Can you find some qualities which would make her either good or not so good at her job? (chapter two)
as a teacher miss caroline fisher is ok, she has good and bad qualities. she is good in the sense that she is disciplined and takes charge. but she is bad in the way that she sticks to her curriculum so much that for example, she makes scout stop learning
Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household? (chapter three)
Calpurnia is the "help" or the "maid" or the nanny. but at the same time she is apart of the family in a sense
What is walter cunningham like? What does his behaviour during lunch suggest him about his home life? (chapter three)
walter cunningham is part of one of the poorest families in maycomb. in school he forgot his lunch and when the teacher offered him a quarter he said no because he knew he couldn't give the amount back. he is not slimy or a stealer, just poor
What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter? (chapter three)
Atticus treats walter like a guest not as charity
Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think it is? (chapter three)
From Walter's visit Scout learns that everyone should be treated equally
Atticus says that you never really understand a person "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." What does this mean? Is it an easy thing for Scout to learn? (n the last chapter of the novel, Scout repeats this, but she suggests that Scout cannot clearly recall exactly what Atticus says and when, but the reader can check this!) (chapter three)
that quote means that to understand a person you have to put yourself in their shoes, or in their perspective, you never really understand some one else unless you know their experiances and how they are feeling
What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells? (chapter three)
the ewells are a family with a drunken father (bob) who is racist. the family with 8 children lives in a dump
What does Scout think of current fashions in education? (chapter four)
that it is not important
What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house? (chapter four)
they think that it is haunted
Why do the children make Boo's story into a game? (chapter four)
they didnt really know who he was and they were sort of in fear of it
What do they do in this game? Do you think the game id an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home? (chapter four)
they reinacted boo radleys life and they pretend to be him
this is not an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home
What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house? (chapter four)
someone- boo- watching them play the game and laughing at how they are reinacting his life
Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson. How typical is she of Maycomb's women? What do the children think of her? (chapter five)
Miss. Maudie Atkinson is an older women who lives near the finches. she is intellegent, loves to garden, and is a motherly figure to jem and scout.
she is typical Maycomb's woman because she dresses in fancy clothing and goes to tea parties. She is unlike them in the sense that she is racist.
What does Miss. Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare to what Scout already heard? (chapter five)
Miss. Maudie says that he just might of been misunderstood and that maybe he just wants to stay in his house- no harm
this is unlike what they heard because she is not assuming what he is like and not spreading more rumors
Scout claims that "Dill could tell the biggest one" (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies? (chaoter five)
dill tells lies because he does not want to tell his new friends that his parents dont care for him and that he is passed around all year long to different family members
What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think hie is right? Why? (chapter five)
because it is disrespectful and that they dont actually know him
i think he is right because it is not fair to judge him when they dont know him
Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and DIll's plan of looking in at one of the Radleys' windows? (chapter six)
she thinks its dangerous and her father already told them no
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? (chapter six)
Nathan thought it was african americans
She just assumed because during that time people were racists so it was easier to not have to prove it
Why does Dill's explanation of Jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble?(chapter six)
because he said that they were playing strip poker when his pants were actually caught on Boo Radleys fence
When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back, he tells her of something strange. What is this?(chapter seven)
his pants were folded and sewn like he had been expected
Can you find any evidence that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley? What do you think this is? (chapter seven)
asking about the tree why it was covered when it wasnt really dying
Boo put the stuff in the tree hole
Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer. (chapter seven)
no because he takes them home
When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts. they are prevented. How does this happen? Why does it, and why might he do so? (chapter seven)
the hole has been cemented
Mr. Nathan Radley did it
he said that the tree is dead, but he truely did not want the kids to come in contact with Boo anymore
Why does Scout quiz Atticus about his visit to the Radley house? How much does Atticus tell her? (chapter eight)
she wants to know what happened because she is curious about the truth of boo and if he was really there
atticus tells scout little. only that the father had died.
What is the "near libel" which Jem puts in the front yard? How does Miss Maudie and Atticus react to it? (chapter eight)
he puts a snowman in the front yard
Atticus thinks Jem will be an engineer but to take it down because it looks like Mr. Avery
When Atticus asks Scout about the blanket around her shoulders, what does Jem realize?(chapter eight)
Boo Radley put it on her
Explain what Atticus means by telling Jem not to let this discovery "inspire" himi to "further glory"? Is there any reason why Jem might now do as his father says?(chapter eight)
A. doesnt want Jem to get involved with Boo anymore
Jem might do as his father says because he has matured and respects A. more than before
How well does Atticus feel he should defend Tom Robinson? Is it usual for (white) lawyers to do their best for black clients in Alabama at this time? (chapter nine)
A. wants to do the best of his ability
this is not normal for white lawyers to do for black clients
Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why might he say it? (chapter nine)
because she is cursing a lot and she is only a little girl
When Francis talks to Scout, he reveals an unpleasant feature of aunt Alexandra. What is this?(chapter nine)
she is a racist
he says "grandma told me ...."
Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might this be?(chapter nine)
she learns that the case will effect the family
Scout says that "Atticus was feeble.." Do you think that his is her view as she tells the story or when she was younger? Does she still think this after the events recorded in this chapter?(chapter ten)
It is likely her view of him as she was younger. She does not think that he is weak at the end of the chapter.
In this chapter Atticus tells his children that "it's a sin to kill a mockingbird". What reason does he give for saying this?(chapter ten)
mockingbirds are helpless, and its not fair that it cant do anything to fight back and it didnt mean to harm in the first place
Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?(chapter ten)
because if he misses he could hurt someone, and atticus is the best shooter in town
Jem and Scout have different views about telling people at school how well Atticus can shoot. Explain the difference.(chapter ten)
scout- wants to tell everyone at school
jem- does not want to tell anyone
How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts. (chapter eleven)
he tells the kids to ignore it and to walk away
What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his "crime"?(chapter eleven)
Mrs. Dubose makes Jem read to here everyday after school for a month
i think this is not a fair punishment because he gets yelled at by her and she is very particular about it and i think that a simple apology or he had to replant the flowers could of been a fine punishment
Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose a "great lady"?(chapter eleven)
Mrs. Dubose was courageous when it came to her life. she had a disease and ended up addicted to her treatment pills. she wants to die not an addict so slowly but surely she fixed herself and stopped being addicted
Atticus says that Mrs. DUbose is a model of real courage rather than "a man with a gun in his hand". What does he mean? Do you think that he is right?(chapter eleven)
A. means that her courage was moral courage and not physical courage and moral courage is harder to attain then physical courage
Chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of book. Explain why Harper Lee chooses to the the first part here. (chapter eleven)
she chose to end the first part hear because now it is going to being to explain the dilema with Tom Robinson more clearly
Comment on Jem's and Scout's visit to First Purchase church.(chapter twelve)
when the children visited the church they were asked by Lula to leave and they realize that not only african americans were discriminated against but also white people.
calpurnia acted as if she was not an intellect because she wanted to fit in and didnt want to be another person who made the african american popular feel inferior
there was a lot of singing during the service
What new things does Scout learn here about how black people live?(chapter twelve)
Scout learns that african americans do not like to be inferior so no matter how smart they may be, they all dumb down to be equals
there is a lot of dancing and love between EACHOTHER
Explain why Calpurnia speaks differently in the Finch household, and among her neighbours at church(chapter twelve)
Calpurnia is intellegent, so she shows her intellegence when she talks at the Finch house
he friends from the church , always feels inferior to others so Calpurnia does not want them to feel inferior to her intellegence at church so she dumbs herself down
Why does Aunt Alexandra come to stay with Atticus and his family? What is she like? (chapter thirteen)
Aunt Alexandra comes to stay with them family to make them "real finches". the finches with the snobby reputation
she is mean, racist, and only likes wealthy white people
How does Aunt Alexandra involve herself in Maycomb's social life? (chapter thirteen)
and holds tea parties for all of her friends
Comment on Aunt Alexandra's ideas about breeding and family. Why does Atticus tell them to forget it? Who is right, do you think?(chapter thirteen)
Aunt Alexandra's ideas about breeding is that she wants the perfect girl to dress like a lady and atticus tells her to forget it and that scout should express herself
i think that atticus is right because he does not care about reputations only about being yourself
Why does Alexandra think Atticus should dismiss Calpurnia? How does Atticus respond to the suggestion? (chapter fourteen)
alexandra thinks that atticus should dismiss calpurnia because now that she is there she can take care of the family and they dont need to pay "the help"
atticus thinks that cal. is like family and he would never fire her
Why is Scout pleased when Jem fights her back? Why is she less pleased when he tells Atticus about Dill? (chapter fourteen)
scout is pleased because she realizes that now he is maturing and she finally gets him, but when he fights back it shows that he still has a kiddy side
she is less pleased when he tells Atticus about Dill because he is acting like a tattle tale
What do we learn from Dill's account of his running away? (chapter fourteen)
we learn that dill gets passed around from family member to family memeber and that his family doesnt really care about him. his parents just buy him presents ot quiet him
What is the "nightmare" that now descends upon the children? (chapter fifteen)
The "nightmare that was upon us" is how Scout describes, in Ch. 15, the events that led up to Atticus' confrontation with the townsmen while he was protecting Tom in jail. For the first time, Scout and Jem witness the hatred of the mob and the horrors of racism, and see their father in a vulnerable, and perhaps deadly, position.
How does Jem react when Atticus tells him to go home, and why? (chapter fifteen)
Jem refuses to go home, for several reasons. He wants to stand by his dad, and to protect him. He thinks doing so is right. He's growing up, and so rebelling against Atticus a bit more. And he's like Atticus, so it is in his character to stand firm when he thinks something is right.
Comment on the way Scout affects events without realizing it at the time? (chapter fifteen)
A gang of men arrives to lynch Tom. Atticus attempts to reason with them, but it is Scout who really saves the day. When she appears, she recognizes one of the men as Mr. Cunningham. She talks to him and makes him see Atticus as someone who has done good things for him and as a father. Scout goes so far as to ask him how Walter, is doing, for she had him over for lunch a while back. Scout thinks she is just being polite by talking to Mr. Cunningham, but really she is totally diffusing the group's anger. Mr. Cunningham finally calls for the men to leave.
What kind of person is Dolphus Raymond?(chapter sixteen)
dolphus raymond is a pretend drunk who wanted to marry a black women, he fakes drunk because people think oh. the reason that he is with her becasue he is drunk. if he wasnt he would realize it was a mistake. he has children with his girlfriend and they are happy together
How does Reverend Sykes help the children see and hear the trial? Is he right to do?(chapter sixteen)
reverend sykes lets the children go with him to the black section of the courthouse to see from the balcony and they sit in the front row
i think that he is right to do that because although they are young, and they might now understand, they deserve a chance to learn about the thing that is affecting their lives so greatly
Comment on Judge Taylor's attitude to his job. DOes he take the trial seriously or not?(chapter sixteen)
judge taylor does not take his job seriously. he sits back in his chair and doesnt act like anything is going on or like he cares at all
What are the main points in Heck Tate's evidence? What does Atticus show in his cross-examination of Sheriff Tate? (chapter seventeen)
"... It was her right eye, Mr. Finch. I remember now. She was bunged up on that side of her face." -Heck Tate
Toms left arm was crippled, could hardly have caused them. Additionally, it would have taken two strong hands to have caused the bruises "all around" Mayella's throat.
What do we learn indirectly of the home life of the Ewell family in this chapter? (chapter seventeen)
we learn that it is tough, they live in with a dirty lifestyle and Bob Ewell most likely rapes his daughter Mayella
What do you learn from Bob Ewell's evidence?(chapter seventeen)
we learn that Bob Ewell himself could have beat up his daughter.
he does not bother to call for a doctorif his daughter had truly been beaten and raped, he would want a doctor to examine her to be sure she is not seriously injured.
Second,he is left handed. This makes it more likely that he has beaten Mayella because her injuries have most likely been caused by a left handed person.
Why does Atticus ask Bob Ewell to write out his name? What does the jury see when he does this?(chapter seventeen)
A. asked Bob Ewell to write his name not to see if he was literate but to see what hand he used dominatly.
The jury notices that it was more likely for a left-handed person beat Mayella
Is Mayella like her father or different from him? In what ways? (chapter eighteen)
Mayella is not like her father in the way that she is not abusive, and unlike him she is shy and timid
Mayella is like her father in the way that she is dirty and a scum
What might be the reason for Mayella's crying in court? (chapter eighteen)
she is afraid that if she says the wrong thing her father may beat her again
How does Mayella react to Atticus's politeness? Is she used to people being polite?(chapter eighteen)
Mayella screams at A. because she thinks that he is mocking her
she is not used to people being polite to her
How well does Mr. Gilmer prove Tom's guilt in the eyes of the reader (you) and in the eyes of the jury? Can you suggest why these might be different?(chapter eighteen)
Mr. Gilmer I.M.O proves Tom's guilt with non-accurate or persuasive terms
Mr. Gilmer in the opinion of the jury was good and right to the point and exact.
It might be different because of the time difference, back then the jury would accept it because it is a case against african americans whereas we see equality so we wouldn't be persuaded by the color of one-anothers skin.
What made Tom visit the Ewell's house in the first place?(chapter nineteen)
she asked him to come inside the house and fix a door. When he got inside, there was nothing wrong with the door, and he noticed that the other children were gone. Mayella told him she had saved her money and sent them all to buy ice cream. Then she asked him to lift a box down from a dresser.
Why does Scout think that Mayella Ewell was "the loneliest person in the world"? (chapter nineteen)
she does not have any friends so she does not know how to act around everyone in the courthouse
In your own words explain Mayella's relationship with her father. (chapter nineteen)
mayella-> loves bob and will protect him
How does Dill react to this part of the trial? Why is this, in your opinion? (chapter nineteen)
he doesn't understand why everyone is so horrible to tom and he knows its wrong for people to treat another person that why.dill hasn't been in white mans society long enough to believe in the wrong conclusion that whites are better and smarter than blacks.
Scout says that "Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man". Is she right? (chapter twenty)
no, he is just trying to protect himself by acting drunk
What, according to Atticus, is the thing that Mayella has done wrong? (chapter twenty)
According to Atticus, the only thing Mayella has done wrong is to break a social taboo. As a white woman, she should have shown NO interest in a black man.
Explain, in your own words, Atticus's views on people's being equal. (chapter twenty)
he says that people are supposed to be equal under the constitution, but they are not
the only place where people are actually treated equal is in court
What does Jem expect the verdict to be? Does Atticus think the same?(chapter twenty one)
jem- atticus and tom will win
atticus- mr. gilmer and ewells will win
What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict predicable or not?(chapter twenty one)
it took over two hours which is a long time for a case with an african american
yes, even though the reader wants to assume tom will miraculously win, everyone knows he has little to no chance
As Scout waits for the verdict, she thinks of earlier events. What are these and how do they remind us of the novel's central themes?(chapter twenty one)
She thinks about the mockingbirds and how they fall silent in February.
showing that tom is a mockingbird and he is helpless
one of the themes- helplessness
Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what ha happened. Explain, in your own words, Atticus's reasons for this. (chapter twenty two)
to treat his children maturely so they will act maturely. Atticus believes the children have a right to know what's going on--what their father is doing, why he's doing it, why the rest of the town is so against it.
Miss. Maudie tells Jem that "things are never as bad as they seem". What reasons does she give for this?(chapter twenty two)
When Miss. Maudie tells Jem "things are never as bad as they seem" in Chapter 22 when Jem is upset about the trial. Miss Maudie is explaining that there are a lot of good people in the world and that positive changes are occuring. Judge Taylor appointed Atticus because he knew he could handle the job. She says they are taking "baby steps" toward change.
Why does Bob Ewell feel so angry with Atticus? Do you think his threat is a real one, and how might he try to get even with Atticus? (chapter twenty two)
Ewell is so angry with a. because he humiliated him in front of the whole town
i know this is a real one because i read the book
bob tries to kill a. kids
What do you think of Atticus's reaction to Bob Ewell's challenge? Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?(chapter twenty three)
he should of told the cops because bob WAS GOING TO KILL HIS CHILDRENN!!
What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom? (chapter twenty three)
the jury took longer than he expected to come to a verdict because "there was one fellow who took considerable wearing down the man relation of the Cunninghams.
Atticus says that the verdict was inevitable, and that usually, it would have taken the jury "just a few minutes" to convict Tom Robinson. This time, however, because of the one holdout, it took "a few hours".
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 societies? (chapter twenty three)
no, when people mix with others from other societies it can help to differentiate what happens and how people treat one another
At the end of this chapter, Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley had never left his house in years. What is this? How likely is it to be true, in your opinion? (chapter twenty three)
He says he doesn't leave the house because he chooses not to. This is likely to be true because Boo has found a place in which he is comfortable.
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