TKAM Guided Reading Questions

Chapter 1:1. When the routine of Jem, Scout, and Dill’s summer become tiresome, what idea does Dill have?2. How had Mr. Radley seen to it that his younger son Arthur(Boo) caused “no further trouble” in Maycomb? 1. To make Boo Radley come out of his house2. Mr. Radley locked Boo up in his own house for 15 years.
Chapters 2 & 3:3. When scout tries to spare Walter Cunningham any further humiliation, what does Miss Caroline do to her?4. At the Finch’s for lunch, what reason does Walter give Atticus for not being able to pass the first grade?5. After Calpurnia makes Scout leave the table, what “lecture” does she give Scout? What social role is Calpurnia serving in for Scout?6. After Scout begs Atticus not to make her return to school, what advice does he give her for getting along with people? 3. She whips Scout on her hand and puts her in the corner.4. He has to stay behind and help his dad with the fields.5. She tells her not to criticize others peoples manners. She was serving as a mother.6. To try to see things from his/her point of view.
Chapters 4 & 5: 7. What is the neighborhood’s opinion of Mrs. Dubose?8. What does Jem say about the “Indianheads” they find in the knothole of the tree?9. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about some kind of men?10. What is Jem and Dill’s plan to contact Boo Radley? 7. meanest, old women to ever lived8. they have real strong magic and they’re good luck9. they are so worried about the next world, that they don’t live in this world10. Stick a note on a fishing pole and put it in the window shutter
Chapters 6 & 7:11. How does Dill explain Jem’s missing pants?12. Summarize Scout’s assessment of second grade.13. What does Jem finally tell Scout about his pants that he retrieved?14. What do Jem and Scout realize about the carved soap dolls they find in the knothole of the tree? 11. They told the parents they were playing strip poker.12. It’s worse than 1st.13. That when he got them, they were sewed and folded on the fence when he went back.14. They’re shaped like them.
Chapter 8:15. Describe how Jem constructs a “snowman”. What compliment does Atticus pay Jem?16. Why does Atticus wake the children in the middle of the night?17. What is Scout wearing? How does Atticus explain the presence of what Scout is wearing?18. What is Miss Maudie’s reaction the the loss of her house? 15. He makes it with dirt on the inside and snow on the outside. Atticus says he is resourceful.16. Miss Maudie’s house is on fire.17. A unfamiliar blanket. Atticus says he thinks Boo Radley did it when she was staring at the fire.18. She is pleased it burned down so she can have a smaller house and a larger yard.
Chapter 9:19. What does Atticus tell Scout to do when she hears “ugly talk” in school?20. Why does Scout fight Francis?21. What does Atticus tell Jack he hopes his children will do instead of listening to the town? 19. Keep her fists down.20. Because he was calling Atticus mean things like “******-lover”21. Listen to him and come to him with questions.
Chapter 10:22. Atticus tells the children they’re not to kill mockingbirds because doing so is a sin. How does Miss Maudie explain Atticus’ reasoning to Scout?23. Why does the sheriff ask Atticus to shoot Tim Robinson? (Who/what is Tim Robinson?)24. What explanation does Miss Maudie offer for “Ol One-Shot” (Atticus) putting his gun down thirty years ago? 22. She says that they don’t do anything wrong but good. (singing to us)23. Because Atticus is “the best shot in town”. He is the dog of Maycomb and he has rabies.24. He had an unfair advantage over others
Chapter 11:25. What does Jem do to Mrs. Dubose’s camelia bushes? Explain why he does this.26. What does Mrs. Dubose want from Jem as a payment for his “crime”?27. How does Atticus explain the term “******-lover” to Scout?28. How does Atticus explain “courage” to Jem? 25. He cuts the tops off all her bushes because she was bad-talking Atticus.26. Jem has to read to her 6 days/week for 2hr/day for one month which ended up being 1mo. and 1week.27. He says that it’s just an ugly term, that’s trashy.28. He says even when you think your defeated, you see it though no matter what.
Chapter 12: 29. Explain what Scout finds unusual about Calpurnia’s manner at the Negro church.30. Why does Reverend Sykes order the doors shut?31. Why does the congregation sing hymns by “lining”? 29. She speaks like they do when she’s there but like a proper white women at the Finch’s home.30. Because he wants to get $10 donated for Tom Robinson’s family.31. Because most of them can’t read and they can’t afford books for everyone.
Chapters 13 & 14:32. How does Atticus explain Aunt Alexandria’s arrival?33. What does Aunt Alexandria request that Atticus try to convey to his children?34. How does Atticus respond to Alexandria’s suggestion that they don’t need Calpurnia anymore? 32. He says he needs her help because the summer will be difficult with the trial.33. She tells him to act like a Finch and not like a normal family would. 34. He says she can leave when she wants to leave.
Chapter 15:35. After Atticus leaves the house a night, where do the children find him? What is he doing?36. After Scout talks to Mr. Cunningham about Walter and the entailment of his farm, what does he do?37. What had Mr. Underwood been doing the whole time? 35. the jailhouse protecting Tom Robinson. 36. He tells Scout that he’ll say hey to Walter and tells the group its time to leave.37. He was above listening and keeping an eye out with his gun.
Chapter 16: 38. How does Atticus explain “mobs” to the children. 39. What is Miss Maudie’s reaction to everyone wanting to go to the trial?40. What news does Scout overhear about Atticus defending Tom Robinson? Does it giver her comfort, why?41. With whom do the children sit with in the courtroom? 38. Regular people who are silly. 39. She’s thinks its disgusting seeing Tom get punished.40. He was appointed to the case. Yes, because she now knows he didn’t bring it upon himself.41. Reverend Sykes
Chapters 17 & 18:42. What question does Atticus ask the sheriff three times?43. What does Atticus lead Sheriff Tate to remember about Mayella Ewell’s black eye?44. Explain what Atticus was trying to show by asking him to write something.45. Why does Mayella think Atticus is mocking her? 42. Did you call a doctor?43. It was on the right side of her face.44. He was left handed.45. Because he called her “miss” and “ma’am”
Chapters 19 & 20:46. Identify what Tom says Mayella did to him while he was 1. standing on the chair, 2. after he got off the chair, 3. afterwards.47. What mistake does Tom make when Mr. Gilmer is asking to explain why he helped Mayella? Why is this a mistake?48. How does Dolphus Raymond explain his pretense about drinking?49. What, according to Atticus, is one thing in the country that makes everyone equal? 46. 1. grabs his legs, 2. hugs him around the waist, 3. kisses him47. He says he felt sorry for Mayella. Mistake because he’s supposed to be lower than her.48. He says it helps people with the fact that he lives his life the way he wants too. 49. the court system
Chapters 21 & 22:50. What is Reverend Sykes’ response to Jem’s certainty that the jury will find Tom innocent?51. What is Atticus’s response to Alexandria’s attempt to say the children shouldn’t have witnessed the trial?52. What does Miss Maudie say about Atticus’s ability to have kept the jury out for so long?53. What had Bob Ewell done to Atticus? 50. He tells Jem not to count on it. he’s not convinced51. He says they might as well learn to cope from it.52. she says its definitely a baby step.53. Spit in his face and threatened him.
Chapters 23 & 24:54. How does Atticus explain the fact that women can’t serve on juries in Alabama?55. How does Atticus explain his decision to have allowed Mr. Cunningham to sit on the jury?56. What conclusion does Jem come to about Boo Radley?57. What is Miss Stephanie’s advice to Scout about becoming a lady?58. What news does Atticus bring about Tom Robinson?59. How does Atticus explain what Tom did? 54. He says they ask too many questions and would interrupt.55. He thought he would earn his respect to see Tom’s innocence.56. he wants to stay inside.57. to wear more dresses58. he was shot59. He said he was trying to escape jail and was shot 17 times.
Chapters 25-27:60. What does Mr. Underwood say in his editorial?61. What conclusion does Scout come to about Tom after reading Mr. Underwoods’s article?62. What historical figure does Miss Gates condemn? Why does her condemnation confuse Scout?63. Why does Judge Taylor have a shotgun on his lap when his wife comes home from church?64. Why was Helen Robinson walking a mile out of her way to get to her job? 60. He says it’s a sin to kill a cripple, comparing Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds.61. She says Tom was dead as soon as Mayella opened her mouth and screamed. 62. Adolf Hitler, and because she says it’s horrible and at the courthouse, she was happy what happened to Tom.63. Because he thought someone broke into his house, so he wanted to be prepared. thought to be Bob Ewell.64. To avoid the Ewell residence.
Chapter 28:65. How does Scout knows the body she touches is not Jem’s? 66. What, according to Dr. Reynolds. is Jem’s condition?67. Who is in Jem’s room besides Scout, Atticus, and Alexandria? 68. What news does Sheriff Heck Tate give Atticus? 65. His face was unshaven and smelled of whiskey.66. He has a broken arm and is unconscious.67. Boo (Arthur) Radley, heck tate, dr. reynolds68. Bob Ewell is dead.
Chapter 29-31: 69. According to the Sheriff, what kind of man was Bob Ewell?70. When Scout points to a man who saved Jem and looks at him closely, what does she realize? What does she do and say?71. Who does Atticus think killed Bob Ewell?72. What does the sheriff say about Bob Ewell’s death?73. After Scout takes Boo home, what makes her sad?74. As Scout tells Atticus the story of the Gray Ghost, what does she say about the Stoner’s Boy? What is Atticus’s response? 69. The kind of man who isn’t even worth the cost of a bullet it takes to shoot him.70. Its Boo Radley. She tears up, points at him and says “Hey Boo”.71. Jem72. that he fell on the knife and killed himself. 73. That Boo did so much for the children and yet they didn’t do anything for him in return. 74. She says he didn’t do anything bad and he was actually really nice. Atticus says most people are when you finally see them. The Gray Ghost is Boo Radley because he’s actually really nice when you see him.
Themes in the Story: -Never be afraid to stand up for what’s right.-Don’t jump to conclusions.-Mockingbird symbolizes innocence. Jem, Scout, Tom and Boo are the Mockingbirds.
Character: Narrator and protagonist of the story. Daughter of Atticus. Lives with Atticus, Jem, and Calpurnia. Jean Louise (Scout) Finch
Character: Scout and Jem’s father, a lawyer in Maycomb descended from an old local family. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. With his strongly held convictions, wisdom, and empathy. functions as the novel’s moral backbone. Atticus Finch
Character: Scout’s brother and constant playmate at the beginning of the story. Jem is something of a typical American boy, refusing to back down from dares and fantasizing about playing football. Four years older than Scout, he gradually separates himself from her games, but he remains her close companion and protector throughout the novel. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson. Jeremy (Jem) Finch
Character: A recluse who never sets foot outside his house, dominates the imaginations of Jem, Scout, and Dill. He is a powerful symbol of goodness swathed in an initial shroud of creepiness, leaving little presents for Scout and Jem and emerging at an opportune moment to save the children. An intelligent child emotionally damaged by his cruel father, provides an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. He is one of the novel’s “mockingbirds,” a good person injured by the evil of mankind. Arthur (Boo) Radley
Character: A drunken, mostly unemployed member of Maycomb’s poorest family. In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice. Bob Ewell
Character: Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. a diminutive, confident boy with an active imagination. He becomes fascinated with Boo Radley and represents the perspective of childhood innocence throughout the novel. Charles Baker Harris (Dill)
Character: the Finches’ neighbor, a sharp-tongued widow, and an old friend of the family. almost the same age as Atticus’s younger brother, Jack. She shares Atticus’s passion for justice and is the children’s best friend among Maycomb’s adults. Miss Maudie Atkinson
Character: The Finches’ black cook. is a stern disciplinarian and the children’s bridge between the white world and her own black community. Calpurnia
Character: Atticus’s sister, a strong-willed woman with a fierce devotion to her family. is the perfect Southern lady, and her commitment to propriety and tradition often leads her to clash with Scout. Aunt Alexandria
Character: Bob Ewell’s abused, lonely, unhappy daughter. Though one can pity her because of her overbearing father, one cannot pardon her for her shameful indictment of Tom Robinson. Mayella Ewell
Character: The black field hand accused of rape. is one of the novel’s “mockingbirds,” an important symbol of innocence destroyed by evil. Tom Robinson
Character: Tom Robinson’s employer. In his willingness to look past race and praise the integrity of Tom’s character, epitomizes the opposite of prejudice. Link Deas
Character: An elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches. Although Jem believes that she is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction. Mrs. Dubose
Character: Boo Radley’s older brother. Scout thinks that he is similar to the deceased Mr. Radley, Boo and his father. He cruelly cuts off an important element of Boo’s relationship with Jem and Scout when he plugs up the knothole in which Boo leaves presents for the children. Nathan Radley
Character: The sheriff of Maycomb and a major witness at Tom Robinson’s trial. He is a decent man who tries to protect the innocent from danger. Heck Tate
Character: The publisher of Maycomb’s newspaper. He respects Atticus and proves his ally. Mr. Underwood
Character: A wealthy white man who lives with his black mistress and mixed children. He pretends to be a drunk so that the citizens of Maycomb will have an explanation for his behavior. In reality, he is simply jaded by the hypocrisy of white society and prefers living among blacks. Mr. Dolphus Raymond
Character: A poor farmer and part of the mob that seeks to lynch Tom Robinson at the jail. He displays his human goodness when Scout’s politeness compels him to disperse the men at the jail. Mr. Cunningham

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