TKAM Studyguide

What is Scout (Jean Louise Finch) like? She is an adult now, looking back on her childhood. She starts the story at 6 and you see her gain maturity throughout the novel. She is a tomboy who will fight if she needs to (she’s hot-headed) and sometimes when she doesn’t.
What is Jem (Jeremy Finch) like? In the story we see him mature from young Jem, to “Mr. Jem”. He is Scout’s older brother and he is very smart. Unlike his sister he keeps a cool head. He loves his family very much and looks up to Atticus.
What is Atticus like? A real Southern gentleman, he is an widower-attorney who has strong morals. He is well-spoken and gentle by nature.
What are the Cunninghams like? They are poor white people who are hardworking, honest and proud. They believe in entailment.
What is Calpurnia like? She is the “mother” figure for Scout and Jem since their mother’s death. She is the Finch’s cook and house keeper. She has raised the children well. She is literate and originates from Finch’s Landing. She has children of her own.
What is Arthur (Boo) Radley like? A man who was made a hermit by his father when he “disgraced the family”. He is now an adult who is still a child at heart. He wants friends and saves Scout and Jem (who he views as his children) from danger. He is famous in the town for being the local crazy
What is Caroline Fisher like? Scout’s new teacher from out of town. She doesn’t understand the Maycomb ways, is obsessed with the Dewey Decimal System and can’t stand Scout (and Scout’s ability to read).
What is Dill (Charles Baker Harris) like? He is a close friend of Scout. He stays in Maycomb with his Aunt Rachel over the summers, he is famous for telling whoppers. He does’t get a lot of love and affection at home.
What is Miss Maudie like? An old lady (50-ish) who decided not to marry. She is a Buford who lives alone and likes it. She grew up around the Finch Family (Uncle Jack proposes to her every time he sees her and she always refuses him). She is a huge gardener and is very wise.
What is Uncle Jack like? He is Atticus’s doctor brother. The kids love him and he has a good fun-loving personality. He always proposes to Maudie when he sees her, even though he knows she will refuse him.
What is Tom Robinson like? A mockingbird in this story, he is a young black man. He has a crippled left arm. He is married with three kids and is a worker on a farm. He didn’t rape Mayella.
What is Francis like? Aunt Alexandra’s grandson. He is a spoiled little prick is is spineless (according to Scout). He is always seen whining, lying or telling tales to Aunt Alexandra.
What is Heck Tate like? Maycomb’s sheriff, he doesn’t do his job very well (ex: the mad dog and the lynch crowd). Instead of upholding the legal law in some cases he would rather uphold his own moral code.
What is Mrs. Dubose like? An cantankerous old lady, she is a widow who lives alone except for a black maid. She is a morphine addict and she wants to quit. She wishes to be free of all Earthly constraints when she dies. She reaches her goal and Atticus thinks her one of the bravest women she knows.
What is Helen Robinson like? She is the wife of Tom Robinson. She is left with seven children to support and is given work by Link Deas. She has to deal with her husband’s death
What is Aunt Alexandra like? She is a stiff Southern lady who wants to uphold her Souther lady traditions through Scout. She also is a big believer in families having “streaks” and Finches being superior.
What is Mr. Underwood like? He is the owner of the Maycomb Tribune. He originally starts out as a hater of African Americans, but after Tom Robinson’s death, he writes a scathing editorial directed at those who let him die.
What is Dolphus Raymond like? A rich white man who pretends to be drunk so the Maycomb people can have an excuse for how he lives. He has a black wife and many mixed children. He drinks coke out of a bag, but most think it is alcohol and that he is a drunk.
What is Bob Ewell like? He is a lowly, immoral piece of white trash that lives in the dump. He beats and mistreats his children. He also drinks and blames his troubles on others.
What is Mayella Ewell like? She is a young woman who is often beat up at home. She can read and write due to 2-3 years of school. Her mother’s dead and she is the eldest of seven. She has seven pots containing red geraniums, she tends them lovingly.
What is Link Deas like? He is a landowner and a shop owner. He stands up for the Robinsons and gives Helen a job when she is out of work.
What is Miss Gates like? A hypocrite who hates Hitler for hating the Jews (for seemingly no good reason), but hates and looks down on blacks in the same way Hitler looks down on Jews.
Where and when does the novel take place (setting)? It is a small sleepy Southern town in Alabama. It is during the Depression Era in the American South when prejudice, legal segregation and ignorance abound. In the times of 1933-1935 Maycomb Southerners still believe in White Supremacy.
From whose point of view is the story told? How is this effective? It is told from Scout’s perspective and this is effective because you see it through her old to young eyes. Her perspective is flavored by her opinion, but she does well when she gives us the facts and backstory.
On her first day of school, why does Scout get in trouble? – She can read and write before the time she “should be able to”- She talks back to the teacher to explain Walter’s situation.
Why can’t Walter Cunningham pass first grade? He has to work for his family during the year and doesn’t get much time for school studying and such.
What gifts do the children find in the tree? – gum- a box made of candy wrappers like a fancy ring box with two Indian head pennies- string- a spelling medal- Two soap children- more chewing gum- a broken pocket watch
Why do Jem and Scout begin to part ways? When Jem turns 12
Why does Nathan Radley fill a knothole in a healthy tree? The tree symbolizes Boo or his relationship with the kids, Nathan fills it up because he wants to kill Boo’s relationship with the kids.
How does Miss Maudie react when her house burns down? She is optimistic because she always wanted to have a smaller house and more room for her garden.
In Atticus’ view, what does it mean to be “common”? It means to have base ideas and desires that are common and crude.
Why do Jem and Scout criticize their father? Since they think he can’t do anything interesting.
Why is it a sin to kill a mockingbird? They do nothing harmful, they only sing and make people happy
Explain the children’s interaction with Mrs. Dubose. (Ch. 11) They are forced to read to her and later find out it was to help her break her addiction so she could be free before she died.
What kind of courage does Mrs. Dubose teach the children? She teaches them that courage isn’t a man with a gun, it is willpower and inner strength.
Describe the children’s experience at First Purchase African Methodist Episcopal Church. Their eyes were open to the poverty and the lack of education that is inside the black community.
Explain the caste system in Maycomb. (pg. 175) “the older citizens, the present generation of people who had lived side by side for years and years, were utterly predictable toone another: they took for granted attitudes, character shadings, even gestures, as having been repeated in each generation and refined by time. “
Why does Dolphus Raymond pretend to be a drunkard? He gives off this fa├žade because he believes that his lifestyle is incomprehensible to the Maycomb people and they therefore need a reason for his “strange” actions.
Explain the evidence that support Tom Robinson’s innocence. The man who beat Mayella was left-handed and hit with his left. Robinson lost use of his left hand at an early age.
Why doesn’t Mayella confess the truth? She is afraid of her father
What was Mayella’s “crime”? Perjury I guess… Actually it is that she broke the code of society and kissed a black man.
What was Tom’s only “crime”? He felt sorry for a white woman
How long was the jury out? (And why isn’t this a trivial question?) They were out thirty minutes and this matters because it shows that the verdict wasn’t an immediate decision.
How does Bob Ewell react to the verdict? He verbally and physically harms everyone associated with the defending side of the jury.
Atticus shows prejudice in his discussion of women on juries. What stereotypes does he have of women? How do you feel about this lapse in Atticus’ usual reliance on pure reason? His stereotype is that women don’t understand things like that and would stop the trial to ask multiple questions. I feel that this lapse fits with the times, even for those who were thought to be progressive.
Who is hypocritical in the novel? Explain. Miss Gates: She disapproves of how Hitler treats the Jews, but she doesn’t disapprove of how blacks are treatedMrs. Merriweather: She wants to help the African blacks, but she scorns the local blacks.
How does Lee create a feeling of suspense when Jem and Scout are attacked? She makes it go very slowly and has them check for noises. She also ups the fear factor and reminds us that they are alone in the dark at night.
Who killed Bob Ewell? Why? Boo Radley killed him to protect Jem and Scout
What lie does Heck Tate create about what happened that night? Why? He says Bob Ewell fell on his knife, he says this to protect Boo Radley so Boo Radley doesn’t need to face unwanted attention.
How does Scout walk Boo home? Why? She walks him home in a way that makes him look like a gentleman and so she can talk to him. She gently walks him back because that is what he wants (to return to seclusion). During this time Scout slowly realizes what it must have been like for him to watch them from his house all these years.
Identify the significance of the motif (Mockingbirds) and list at least 3 textual examples with page numbers
Identify the significance of the motif and list at least 3 textual examples (Perspective/Vision) with page numbers
Identify the significance of the motif (Boundaries) and list at least 3 textual examples with page numbers
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding prejudice. Include at least one textual example with page number.
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding loss of innocence. Include at least one textual example with page number.
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding understanding/compassion. Include at least one textual example with page number.
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding education. Include at least one textual example with page number.
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding religion. Include at least one textual example with page number.
In a complete sentence, identify Lee’s message regarding courage. Include at least one textual example with page number.
1. (Identify two significant passages from the text and comment on each. Please use complete sentences and include the page number.)
2. (Identify two significant passages from the text and comment on each. Please use complete sentences and include the page number.)

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