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To Kill a Mockingbird – Chapters 1 - 3
1) In your own words, briefly describe the following characters from the Finch household. How does Scout view each of them?
a) Atticus:
b) Jem:
c) Calpurnia:

2) p. 7-10: What sort of person is Dill? Why does he only spend summers in Maycomb, instead of staying all year round? Refer to
the quote on p.10, “…we came to know Dill as a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and
quaint fancies.” What does this description tell you about Dill?

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3) p. 13-16: Briefly explain the incident involving Boo Radley and the scissors. From whom did Jem hear the details of this
incident? How does Jem describe Boo’s appearance to Dill? Do you think all the stories being told about Boo Radley around the
neighborhood are factual? Why are people telling them?

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4) p. 15-19: Why do you think Dill is so interested in Boo Radley? What does he dare Jem to do? Does Jem do it? What phrase
on p. 19 seems to indicate that Scout thought that someone inside the house had noticed what they were doing?

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5) p. 21: Who is Miss Caroline? Why do you think was “Jem in a haze for days” after being introduced to her? When Miss
Caroline told the students that she was not from Maycomb, but from Winston County in Northern Alabama, “The class murmured
apprehensively, should she prove to harbor her share of peculiarities indigenous to that region.” What does this quote tell you
about how Miss Caroline is viewed by the students in the class? Did they think she’d understand “Maycomb’s ways?”

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6) p. 22-23: How does Scout’s differ from her classmates in terms of reading aptitude? How does Miss Caroline feel about

Scout’s reading ability? Why?

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7) p.25-28: How does Scout explain Walter Cunningham’s refusal to take lunch money from Miss Caroline? Does Miss Caroline
react well to Scout’s explanation? How have the Cunninghams paid their debts in the past? Why do you think they insist on
paying whatever they owe?

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8) p. 30-34: Describe Scout’s behavior toward Walter Cunningham during the lunch break. How does the rest of Scout’s family
behave toward Walter when he visits? Paraphrase what Calpurnia says when she scolds Scout for the way she was acting
toward Walter (p. 33).

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9) p. 35-41: Explain what happened between Miss Caroline and Burris Ewell. What sort of person is Burris Ewell? How does
Atticus describe the Ewell clan? Why is Burris’s father forgiven for hunting out of season, even though it is against the law?

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10) p. 39-42: How does Scout feel about going to school? What advice does Atticus give Scout on how to get along better with
people like Miss Caroline? What compromise does Atticus make with Scout?

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Discussion Questions
1) Do you think the kids in Maycomb are getting a good education? What is a good education exactly?
2) One might look at the students in the classroom as a microcosm of the families living in Maycomb. What impression do you get
about the different kinds of people in town? Both the Cunninghams and the Ewells are poor, but they are described very
differently. How are they different?

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