Set in the Deep South during the Great Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird begins in an idyllic note in which the now grown-up Jean Louise “Scout” Finch reminisces about her childhood in a small Alabaman town. However, it is soon revealed that the seed of hatred and violence had been buried deep in its cultural legacy and was now to grow into a behemoth to shatter the calm façade of her town. Now, let’s heed what Scout had to say about growing up in a sexist and racist community.
Chapter 1: The older Scout reminisces about her childhood in Maycomb, Alabama--Arrival of Dill--Reclusive neighborhood spook, Boo Radley 1) What do you think happened to Jem when he was 13-years-old? 2) In what ways could the Ewells have caused Jem’s injury? 3) Provide at least three details about the Finch ancestry in Maycomb County, Alabama. 4) List at least five details about the setting of Maycomb (5-6). 5) Why do you think Calpurnia called Mr. Radley “the meanest man ever God blew breath into” (13)? Vocabulary Might: to_kill_a_mockingbird_ch_1_vocab.docx Grammar X-ray vision: grammar_x-ray_vision__chapter_1_.pdf
Chapter 2: September, 1933--Scout's first day of school--Miss Caroline Fisher--The Cunningham family 1) What critical understanding and personal virtue did Atticus exhibit in dealing with the Cunninghams? 2) Ms. Caroline Fisher failed in earning Scout’s respect. What skills or understanding did she lack in dealing with the Cunninghams as well as Scout?
Chapter 3: “Dinner” with Walter Cunningham and learning the hospitality code--Burris Ewell upsets Miss Caroline--The Ewells are “permitted to hunt and trap out of season” 1) In what ways do the Ewells differ from other impoverished white people such as the Cunninghams?
Chapter 4: Two pieces of chewing gum and two polished Indian heads in a knot hole--Dill comes back to Maycomb--Jem’s proposition to pay “Boo Radley”--Overshooting the tire ride and “someone inside the house was laughing” Vocabulary Might: mockingbird_chapter_4_vocab.docx
Chapter 5: Scout under Miss Maudie’s auspices--Who are “foot-washing Baptists”?--How to bait Boo out of his house with a letter of invitation--“the oldest lawyer’s trick on record” 1) What do you think Miss Maudie imparts by calling Mr. Radley a foot-washer--"You know old Mr. Radley was a foot-washing Baptist"? Vocabulary Might: mockingbird_chapter_5_vocab.docx
Chapter 6: The “shadow” on the Radleys’ porch--A midnight run in the collard patch and the “white nigger”--Jem’s foray to retrieve his trousers
Chapter 7: Fall, 1934--two soap dolls, a pocket watch, and other miscellaneous token gifts--Mr. Nathan Radley fills the hole with cement--Jem weeps over the end of knot-hole communication 1) Why do you think Jem was crying at the end of Chapter 7? Please incorporate at least two quotations from the text within your response.
Chapter 9: Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man--Christmas dinner at Finch's Landing--Scout flaunts her curse words--Cousin Francis taunts Scout with racial baiting--Uncle Jack and Atticus discuss a looming trouble and ready Scout for it 1) Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson who is accused of attempting to rape a white woman (Mayella Ewell) fully well knowing that he is fighting a losing battle. What has made him accept such a difficult case? And what does this decision of his reveal about Atticus as a father and lawyer?
Chapter 10: Atticus is too old to be children's champion--why not to kill a mockingbird--Tim Johnson prowls down the road--Calpurnia alerts the community of the rabid dog--Atticus lives up to his old nickname, "Ol' One-Shot"--Atticus is not only a hero but also a gentleman.
Chapter 11: Mrs. Dubose hurls racial slurs at the Finch children--Jem is now 12--Jem wields Scout's baton to behead Mrs. Dubose's prized camellia flowers--Jem does penance by reading Ivanhoe to Mrs. Dubose--Mrs. Dubose passes away after shaking off her morphine addiction--Atticus calls Mrs. Dubose a lady and extols her courage--Jem dwells on a Snow-on-the-Mountain, Mrs. Dubose's parting gift. 1) Part One ends with Mrs. Dubose’s death and Atticus eulogizes her life by saying “she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew” (128). Even though Mrs. Dubose was a cantankerous racist while she lived, Atticus and Mrs. Dubose seem to share a certain character trait. What is this quality both of these characters exhibit?
2) 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.
3) There are many episodes in this novel in which the white color serves as one representative symbol of the community of Maycomb County: the Southern economy supported by cotton plantation; the snowman the Finch children create; and Mrs. Dubose's prized camellias (Snow-on-the-Mountain), In what ways do these references help create a specific symbolism that pertains to the south?
Chapter 12: Jem is growing up fast--Atticus serves in the state legislature--Calpurnia invites the Finch children to First Purchase African Church--Lula greets the party with hostility--a print reproduction of Hunt's The Light of the World on the wall--Reverend Sykes solicits collection for Tom Robinson's family--Zeebo "lines" hymnal lyrics for the congregation--How Calpurnia learned to read--Scout wants to visit Calpurnia's household. 1) What does Scout learn from her visit to First Purchase about the lives of the others--in particular, of the African-Americans of her community? 2) Explain why Calpurnia chooses to speak African-American Vernacular in First Purchase while she speaks standard English in the Finch household.
Chapter 18 Mayella Ewell is called to the witness stand--Mr. Gilmer questions her--Atticus cross-examines Mayella
Chapter 19 Atticus calls Tom Robinson to the witness stand and questions him--Mr. Link Deas interrupts the court in Tom's defense--Mr. Gilmer cross-examines Tom--Dill is disturbed by Mr. Gilmer's treatment of Tom
Chapter 20 Mr. Dophus Raymond lets Scout and Dill in on his "secret"--Atticus delivers his closing argument to the jury
Atticus's closing argument consists of 12 paragraphs. Why don't you summarize each paragraph in one sentence, creating 12 topic sentences from the 12 paragraphs Atticus delivers in his final defense of Tom Robinson?