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Who is narrating the novel? Approximately how old is the narrator? In what point of view is the novel told?
Scout Finch, 9, First Person Point of View
What happened to Jem when he was nearly thirteen?
Broke his Arm at the elbow
Where does this story take place (give details)?
Why do you think the children call their father Atticus rather than “Dad”?
The Haverfords, They were hanged because they shot a blacksmith and refused to accept an offer from the state. He didn’t care for criminal law anymore.
What happened to the narrator’s mother? How did her death affect the narrator? How
did it affect Jem?
She died when Scout was 2. Scout doesn’t remember her. Jem gets depressed every now and then.
Why has Dill come to Maycomb? What does Dill claim to have done with the “beautiful child” money?
He is shipped off to his Aunt Rachel Haverford’s every summer. He went to the movie everyday with the money.
Explain how the children spend their summer.
Played out movies and books they knew, ran around the neighborhood, focused on the Radleys.
Give 3 examples of rumors about the Radley house and its inhabitants.
-Boo Radley peeped in windows, froze people’s azela bushes, killed animals
-Radley pecans would kill you
-Mr. Radley “bought cotton”
-Boo experimented with stumphole whiskey (moonshine)
What did Arthur Radley and the other boys do that got them in trouble? Why was Arthur
locked in the Radley house?
If Jem goes and touches the Radley house, Dill won’t say he ran out on a dare. Jem touches the Radley house.
Where is miss fisher from? Why does this make her first day as a
teacher even more difficult?
She is a first year teacher from Winston County in North Alabama. People in Maycomb see her as strange because where she is from.
Scout gets in trouble twice on the first day of school. What does she do to get in
She can read and she tells the teacher about the Cunninghams.
Why won’t Walter Cunningham take Miss Caroline’s money?
His family doesn’t take handouts.
What do the Cunninghams do when they cannot pay for a service?
How do the people of Maycomb “seal” contracts and deals?
Spit on their hands and shake
What happens to Scout when she tells Miss Caroline about the Cunningham family?
She gets spanked and has to stand in the corner.
Why has Walter been unable to pass the first grade?
He can’t go to school because he has to help on the family farm.
What does Walter do at dinner that surprises Scout?
He puts molasses (syrup) all over his food.
What does Calpurnia tell Scout as a result of her outburst? ch3
Doesn’t matter a person’s background, you treat them well.
What do the kids first think causes Miss Caroline to scream? What is the real reason
Why do you think the Ewell children only come to school on the first day? What do you
think is the reason many Maycomb children need to stay at home for the rest of the
So they don’t get in trouble with the law but no one cares about them at home. Poor kids had to work on the farm (field age).
How does Burris Ewell treat Miss Caroline? Be specific.
She asks him to go home and take care of the lice and take a bath. He tells her that she can’t tell him what to do. He then tells her (when he is far enough not to get in trouble) she is a “snot nose slut of a school teacher”.
What is Atticus’s solution when Scout tells him that she doesn’t want to go back to
They make a compromise. He will continue to read to her every night and she will go back to school.
What do we learn about the Ewell family from Scout and Atticus’s conversation?
Bob Ewell is a drunk that spends all of his government assistance on whiskey and leaves his kids hungry. He is allowed to hunt out of season so the kids have a chance at getting fed. They kids have to take care of themselves and live in filth. They are allowed special treatment because of their lack of parenting.
What treasures do Scout and Jem find in the knothole of the tree?
Chewing Gum, Indian Head Pennies
How does Scout end up in the yard in front of the Radley house?
What new game do the kids create? How is it played?
Boo Radley-They each take roles and pretend to be members of the Radley family.
What is a “foot-washing” Baptist, according to Miss Maudie?
“Footwashers believe anything that’s a pleasure is a sin”
What do you think Scout means when she tells Dill, “You act like you grew ten inches in
What is the plan to get Boo Radley to come out? How well does the plan work? Why?
The kids are going to attach a note to a fishing pole and drop it in the window of the Radley House. The plan does not work, Atticus catches the kids.
Describe Mr. Avery. What do the kids wait for him to do every night?
He is a little odd. He makes change in the collection plate at church and sits on his porch every night and sneezes (he’s allergic to something, but keeps going outside). One night the kids saw him urinating off the front porch and the stream was 10 feet long. They now are trying to see if he will do it again.
Why do they decide to wait until nightfall to peek into the Radley house?
Nobody would be able to see them, Atticus would be engrossed in a book, and it was easier to see inside the house when it was dark outside.
What do the children see through the window?
Dill saw nothing but curtains and a light in the distance. In the back window, a shadow of a man with a hat on.
The nickname Jem calls Scout is ‘Little Three Eyes.’
Once Atticus is asleep, Jem goes back to the Radley’s to retrieve his pants so he won’t lose Atticus’s trust.
Scout is worried that Miss. Stephanie said that the next person who would come back to the house would be shot by Nathan and she doesn’t want Jem dead.
Jem reveals to Scout that his pants were folded and that the hole in his pants was mended.
The new treasures that the children find in the knothole is twine, soap carvings of Jem and Scout, a package of chewing gum, a spelling bee medal, pocket watch, a chain, and a aluminum knife.
Jem learns about Egyptians in sixth grade.
Scout thinks that Mr. Avery or Miss. Crawford’s boyfriend was leaving the treasures in the knothole of the tree.
The kids express their appreciation by writing a thank you note.
The children see the next day that the knothole in the tree has cement inside it. Mr. Radley was trying to make excuses to the children.
This incident affects Jem because he realizes now how cruel Nathan is to Boo. He finally understands how Boo’s life is and wishes that he didn’t have to stop becoming friends with Boo Radley.
Mrs. Radley died this winter.
Scout thinks the world is ending because it’s snowing outside. Mr. Avery blames the weather on bad children.
The kids in get trouble for the snowman because it looks a lot like Mr. Avery. They disguise it by putting Mrs. Maudie’s big hat on the snowman’s head and hedge clippers in its arm.
What does Scout worry about if the Finch house should catch fire?
Dill’s Tom Swift book
Boo Radley put a blanket on Scout the night of the fire. Atticus had witness this happen.
Miss. Maudie is not upset like other people would be if their house burned down. She is looking forward to having a smaller house and bigger garden.
Atticus feel like it’s the right thing to do and nobody else was willing to do it.
Every Christmas the Finch’s family go to the Finch’s landing.
Aunt Alexandra thinks she’s not lady like because she doesn’t have a good female role model. She tries to be her female role model by telling her what’s lady like and what’s not.
Scout gets in a fight with Francis because he said bad things about Atticus. She gets spanked by Uncle Jack without hearing her side of the story.
Describe Scout’s relationship with Uncle Jack.
He cares very deeply for her. It is a relationship similar to Atticus, but he can be more of a friend since he doesn’t have to parent.
According to Miss. Maudie it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they don’t do anything except make music for people to enjoy.
What does Miss Maudie teach Scout about her father?
He can play the Jew’s Harp and checkers.
Mr. Tate gives the rifle to Atticus because he will only have one shot and Atticus is the best shot in town.
Jem and Scout have a new appreciation for their father because they can brag about his shooting skills.
Jem destroys Mrs. Dubose’s flower garden because she was saying bad things about Jem’s parents.
Jem’s punishment for ruining the flower garden is to read to Mrs. Dubose every day.
Mrs. Dubose is sick because she is addicted to pain medicine.
Atticus tells Jem that Mrs. Dubose wanted to overcome her drug habit before she died.
Mrs. Dubose gave Jem a camellia bud.
Atticus wanted Jem to meet Mrs. Dubose because he wants him to see real strength and courage.
Dill wasn’t able to come to Maycomb this summer because his mother remarried.
Calpurnia’s church is poor, and an all black people church. It is called First Purchase because it was the first thing bought by the free slaves.
Why doesn’t the church have hymn books?
Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white girl. Nobody wants to hire his wife because of the charges against Tom.
Scout feels Calpurnia is different at her own church because she talks differently.
Aunt Alexandria wants to make sure the children learn about their social status in town. According to Scout, the talk fails because only women can have a conversation like this with children.
What does Dill claim is the reason he ran away from home? What is the real
Why do the men come to talk to Atticus at his house?
The men come to talk to Atticus at his house to warn him that Tom Robinson might be lynched.
Who was “covering” Atticus the whole time?
Mr. Underwood was covering Atticus the whole time.
Why does Atticus bring up the fact that Tom Robinson had been in trouble before?
Atticus loosens his tie and takes off his jacket which horrifies Scout and Jem because he never undresses like that unless he’s going to bed.
It takes the jury about 4 hours to come back with a verdict.
How does the black community show its appreciation for what Atticus did?
The black community shows its appreciation for what Atticus did by filling his kitchen and yard with food that they can’t afford themselves.
Why did Atticus put a Cunningham on the jury?
Atticus put a Cunningham on the jury because he believes that since the Cunningham’s has a new respect for the Finch’s. Atticus believes that he and Mr. Cunningham are friends.
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