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. The seed of hatred and violence buried deep in its cultural legacy grows into a behemoth that shakes and shatters the calm façade of her town. Now, let’s pay attention to what Scout had to say.
Chapter 1: The older Scout reminisces about her childhood in Maycomb, Alabama--Arrival of Dill--Reclusive neighborhood spook, Boo Radley What happened to Jem at 13? In what ways did the Ewells cause Jem’s injury?
1) Provide at least three details about the Finch ancestry in Maycomb County, Alabama.
2) List at least five details about the setting of Maycomb (5-6).
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 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?