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Answer guide for To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 1-11 Chapter 1 1.

What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family? Maycomb is an old town filled with gossipy people. Atticus Finch and his family have lived there for generations. Jem and Scout Finches mother died. 2. What do you learn about Dill's character? Dill comes to live with his Aunt Rachel every summer. He likes to tell stories that make himself look important.

3. What, briefly, has happened to Arthur Boo Radley. Boo Radley got into trouble as a young man and his father decided to keep him in the house, rather than let him go to a juvenile detention center. Because of his lack of presence in the town, he has developed a reputation and stories have been told about him for years.

4. Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill? They have never seen Boo Radley and they know that his house has a lot of stories. They also know they are not allowed to go there. 5. What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel? The story is told in first person point of view and is told from an adult Scouts point of view.

Chapter 2 6. Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school? She sees the kids playing at recess and longs to join them. She also wants to be like her brother.

7. Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behavior typical of an older child? He says that home and school are two different worlds and they are to remain separate at school, but at home they can act like they always do. His behavior is definitely typical of any sibling.

8. What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? Can you find qualities which would make her good or not so good at her job? Answers will vary.

Chapter 3 9. Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household? Calpurnia is the maid/nanny for the children. However, she is a lot more than that, as she is also the childrens substitute mother. She has cared for the children since they were born.

10. What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior during lunch suggest about his home life? Walter Cunningham is a polite young boy who doesnt take anything that he cant pay back. His behavior during lunch indicates that he doesnt eat regularly at home.

11. What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter? Atticus treats Walter like his is an adult. It makes Walter feel important.

12. Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think this is? Scout learns that you cant judge a person based on his home life. Everyone is important and she is no better than anyone else because she has more money than them.

13. 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? This means that you dont know what another persons life is like unless you experience it. He is trying to get Scout to see things from another point of view. This is a very difficult thing for anyone to learn, especially a six-year-old child. 14. What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells? The Ewell family includes many children. The mother is dead and the father is a drunk. The children go to school on the first day and then never return.

Chapter 4 15. What does Scout think of current fashions in education? She feels as though she is being cheated out of something. challenging as she though itd be. School isnt as

16. What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house? They think anything they touch off the Radley property will kill them. They also believe in Hot Steams, which is when they walk through a spirit.

17. Why do the children make Boo's story into a game? They are bored and Boo fascinates them.

18. What do they do in this game? Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home? They act out the stories they have heard about Boo. It is not likely to be accurate. 19. What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house? It is probably Boo.

Chapter 5 20. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson. How typical is she of Maycomb's women? What do the children think of her? Miss Maudie does not fit the mold of a typical woman of this time. She likes to garden, wear overalls, and does not have a husband. The children like her because she lets them play in her yard and gives them cake.

21. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes? Miss Maudie tells Scout that Boo was actually a very polite young man and his name is Arthur. Scout does not believe that he could be that real.

22. Scout claims that Dill could tell the biggest ones (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies? He probably wants attention and he is the mysterious newcomer to the town, so he can say anything he wants.

23. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think he is right? Why? He says it is disrespectful and it looks like they are making fun of him. Answers will vary on the second and third questions.

Chapter 6 24. Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and Dill's plan of looking in at one of the Radleys' windows? She thinks it is dangerous. Atticus also told them not to do it again.

25. 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? What might this indicate? He assumes that it was black people who broke in. This shows his racism.

26. Why does Dill's explanation of Jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble? Dill said they were gambling. Chapter 7 27. When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back, he tells her of something strange. What is this? He tells her that his pants were folded and not so neatly sewn. 28. Can you find any evidence that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley? What do you think this is? He doesnt want to stalk Boo anymore and he feels badly about what they did.

29. Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer. He does not. He takes the gifts from the tree and values them even more than his own possessions.

30. When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts, they are prevented. How does this happen? Who does it, and why might he do so? When they send the letter they find that the tree has been filled with cement by Mr. Nathan Radley. He probably did this to cut off his brothers contact with the children.

Chapter 8 31. Why does Scout quiz Atticus about his visit to the Radley house? How much does Atticus tell her? She wants to know if he saw Boo. Atticus tells her very little.

32. What is the near libel which Jem puts in the front yard? How do Miss Maudie and Atticus react to it? They create a snowman to look just like Mr. Avery. Miss Maudie and Atticus tell them that that was wrong, but they are secretly amused. 33. Why does Atticus save Miss Maudie's oak rocking chair? It is what she valued the most. 34. When Atticus asks Scout about the blanket around her shoulders, what does Jem realize? He realizes that they were close to seeing Boo.

35. Explain what Atticus means by telling Jem not to let his discovery inspire him to further glory? Is there any reason why Jem might now do as his father says? He wants to make sure Jem and Scout dont bother Boo. Answers will vary.

Chapter 9 36. 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? He believe he should defend him to the best of his ability. It is unusual for a white lawyer to care so much about defending a black man.

37. Scout and Jem have mixed feelings about Christmas? What are these feelings and why? They like Christmas because they get to see Uncle Jack, they get to eat a lot, and they get presents. They dont like it because they have to see their aunt and cousin.

38. Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why might he say it? This means that he thinks she is acting older than she is. He says this because of her language and actions.

39. When Francis talks to Scout he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this? Through Francis, we learn that Aunt Alexandra has been saying bad things about Atticus and is extremely racist.

40. Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might this be? She learns that her father wants her to trust him and that thing are going to get bad in the future.

41. Read the final sentence of this chapter. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might be important in the story. She realizes that he wanted her to hear what he said. It is important because at the time she heard it she didnt understand it, but now that she is older telling this story she does.

Chapter 10 42. Scout says that Atticus was feeble. 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 recorded in this chapter? 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.

43. In this chapter Atticus tells his children that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. What reason does he give for saying this? He says mockingbirds dont do anything but treat people to music. They dont hurt anybody, so they shouldnt be killed.

44. Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson? He doesnt feel his shot is as good as Atticuss. If he misses, his bullet will go into the Radleys house.

45. Near the end of this chapter Atticus cuts off Heck Tate as he is speaking to Jem. What might Heck have been about to say, and why would Atticus want to stop him from saying it? Heck was going to tell Jem and Scout about how Atticus was such a great shot. Atticus doesnt want his children to look up to him because of his ability to shoot something.

46. 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 so they dont think Atticus is boring; Jem wants to keep it quiet because he respects Atticuss wishes. Answers will vary for the second part. Chapter 11 47. How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts? Atticus tells Jem to be a gentleman and just ignore the taunts.

48. What does Mrs. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Jem feel about this? She says they would be ashamed at how the kids have turned out. Jem takes deep offense to this.

49. What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his crime? She wants him to read to her every day and fix her bushes. Answers will vary for the second part.

50. Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like nigger-lover. How far do you agree with him? He thinks they are common and they dont really mean anything. Answers will vary for the second part.

51. Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose a great lady? She conquered her addiction to pain medication, which took more strength than anything. She didnt want any sort of debt when she died.

52. 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 he is right? She used her own strength, rather than violence to accomplish her goals. Her demons were internal, not external; therefore, they were harder to fight.

53. 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. The second part is the trial. The children are ending their childhood innocence here and learning a lot of bad things happen in life.

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