Decide how open and truthful you want to be. Just about everyone makes an appearance in the courtroom except for Miss Maudie, who refuses to go to the trial. We see this shyness as he stands out of the light, as he hesitates before stroking Jem's hair, and as he speaks, in a whisper, only to ask Scout to see him home. Which people does Ewell see as his enemies, and why? In this guide, general comments will often be made without supporting evidence to save time. Foundation tier - example question 1 How does Harper Lee bring out different aspects of Atticus? Harper Lee leaves the question open as to which is worse - the cool institutional racism of Maycomb, which Nathan Radley typifies, or the extreme emotional racism of individuals like Bob Ewell. Gilmer, who is prosecuting the case, questions Sheriff Tate. At the end of the novel we realize that Arthur Boo Radley has never stopped watching the children, and that he has foreseen the danger from Bob Ewell, which Atticus has not taken seriously.
It's a sin and I'm not about to have it on my head. Give reasons for your answer. However, this chapter also paves the way for the rest of the story and how the children relate to others as they move toward their own adulthood. Make notes a series of bullet points of things that will help you defend Tom, and of things that the prosecution will use to try and convict him. Click on the link for activities on the chapters you have chosen: Chapters 1 and 2 In small groups or pairs, talk about your first day at primary or infant school. While Scout and Jem have been thinking more about the trial and less about Boo Radley, Arthur has not forgotten them.
What moral lessons does Scout learn from her father? Do you think that people should mix only with others of the same social class? Activities for responding to the text The activities listed below are intended to help you develop a good understanding of the novel. September 25 School starts again. Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys' home? You should be aware, though, that it was written for adult readers. In this case, you can use the save as and browse options to specify where to save. It is inferred from the sounds Scout hears and what Heck Tate discovers at the scene.
Who does it, and why might he do so? Boo's background It seems that Arthur was not very successful at school though he may have won a spelling medal. Your father's one of them Chapter 22 Did it ever strike you that Judge Taylor naming Atticus to defend that boy was no accident? And in the middle may be some about which you lack the information to make up your mind. The mockingbird theme The title of the novel alerts us to the importance of this theme. The Reverend from Calpurnia's church lets them into the balcony where black people have to sit in order to be allowed to see the trial. Do you think he would keep this ambition for long? Chapter 12 Mixing with strangers. What do you think this is? Atticus in his own words What do you learn from the things Atticus says in the novel?. Sometimes these are predictable and conventional the spoiled and over delicate ladies of the Missionary circle while at other times they are quite unconventional think of Mr.
Click on the link to go to questions on the chapter you have chosen. In each case, you can see more of the quotation by clicking on the short extract. Gilmer prove Tom's guilt in the eyes of the reader you and in the eyes of the jury? What does his behaviour during lunch suggest about his home life? All these newspapers are named in the text. Discuss whether you think it right for young people to be able to witness criminal trials. Are these typical of her or not? News comes of Tom's death. Arthur has taken a kitchen knife - the only weapon he can find, evidently - and stabbed Bob Ewell, as he attacks the children.
Is there a simple answer, or any answer, to the question How can you hate Hitler an then turn around an be ugly about folks right at home? Calpurnia and Tom, members of this community, possess remarkable dignity and moral courage. The children sit in the black people's balcony. When he goes to retrieve them, he sees that they have been mended, inexpertly. What do you think this is? The events of the novel take place over several years, and Scout indicates the changes that she and Jem experience in this time. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Atticus handle this event? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do? We are given quite a lot of information about Mr.
Hole is filled with cement. What point does the book make about the nature of education? Explain, in your own words, Atticus's reasons for this. What is her place in the Finch household? Harper Lee could not have foreseen that the novel would become a set text for pupils in so many schools. If you are preparing this text for an examination, you may be allowed to underline key passages or to use bookmarks. You may wish to edit the original text to make your version shorter.
Scout wants to be like a boy, because she likes to be active. As you study or revise you should find and list this evidence. October 31 Boo and Scout go to see Jem. Does Atticus think the same? Dialogue The novel is highly dramatic. How much does Atticus tell her? In doing this you should refer to her narrative methods. These terms are explained below, and some pointers given as to how to study them in To Kill a Mockingbird. They wait longer than they should, though, and that means that they do not have anywhere to sit.
Early in the story, the children try to persuade Boo to come out, but it seems that they miss the occasions when he does do this. Christmas 9 Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson. Part 2 Summer 12 Children go to First Purchase church with Calpurnia. Underwood spells is out for his readers, writing in his editorial that it: . Chapters 16 to 21 Using the account of the trial in these chapters, make one or more new texts by adapting the original. You can answer them on your own, but they are suitable for discussion work. Where some lawyers would go through the motions, seeing the case as a lost cause, Atticus believes that he should still try to save Tom.