tkam ch 11

Scout tells the reader about Mrs. Dubose. How does she describe the woman? How doScout and Jem feel about her? According to Scout, Mrs. Dubose spends “most of each day in bed and the rest of it in a wheelchair.” Jem and Scout hates her.
As Scout and Jem are returning home from town one day, Jem does something to the shock and astonishment of Scout. What does he do, and why? In a sudden rage, Jem rushes into Mrs. Dubose’s front yard and cuts the tops off all her camellia bushes. Mrs. Dubose had extended her insults to Atticus, viciously shouting, “Your father’s no better than the ******s and trash he works for!” The insult to his father is what ultimately drives Jem over the edge, causing him to lose control and lash out at the woman.
What does Atticus mean when he says, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience”? He means that your own conscience must tell you what is right or wrong, and it does not matter how many others agree or disagree with you.
What is Jem’s punishment for knocking the tops off Mrs. Dubose’s flowers? How does he feel about this punishment? He must go to her house and read to her: “She wants me to come every afternoon afterschool and Saturdays and read to her out loud for two hours.” Jem is not happy with the punishment.
What is odd about Mrs. Dubose’s behavior each afternoon when Scout and Jem visit her? She acts like she’s possessed. She’s having these fits or seizures.
When Scout tells Atticus what Mrs. Dubose has been calling him, what is his response?What lesson does he teach Scout during this conversation? Atticus explains that the offensive word is meaningless and empty. Listen and don’t take it to heart.
What is the significance of the alarm clock by Mrs. Dubose’s bed? What does Scout suddenly notice about it one day? Each day when the alarm clock rings, Mrs. Dubose’s housekeeper comes into the room and tells the children to leave because it is time for the old woman’s medicine. One afternoon, Scout notices that “each day we had been staying a little while longer at Mrs. Dubose’s, that the alarm clock went off a few minutes later every day.
One evening, Atticus is summoned to Mrs. Dubose’s house. What does he reveal to Jem and Scout when he returns? Atticus tells the children that Mrs. Dubose has died.
According to Atticus, Mrs. Dubose had made one goal for herself before she died. What was it? How did Jem unknowingly help her reach that goal? How does this explain the significance of the alarm clock? Mrs. Dubose’s goal was to overcome her morphine addiction before she died. Jem’s reading to her each day distracted her from the agony of her withdrawal symptoms.
What does Atticus say “real courage” is? How does his definition relate to Mrs. Dubose?How does it fit Atticus himself? Atticus says that real courage is “when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” The definition fits Mrs. Dubose because conquering her morphine addiction required real courage. The definition fits Atticus, as well, particularly his decision to take on Tom Robinson’sdefense.
As Atticus speaks about Mrs. Dubose’s bravery, what lesson is he attempting to teach Jem? Atticus wants to teach Jem that good and bad coexist in all people.
Atticus hands Jem a box that Mrs. Dubose had left for him. What is in the box, and what is Jem’s response to the contents? Inside the box is a “white, waxy, perfect camellia.” Jem’s initial response is one of shock and anger.

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