To Kill A Mockingbird- Chapters 11 & 12

Chapter 11
How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose’s taunts? Atticus told Jem to be a gentleman while handling Mrs. Dubose’s taunts. He said not to let them bother him.
What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? is this a fair punishment for his “crime”? Mrs. Dubose made Jem read to her everyday and Saturdays for two hours. This is not a fair punishment considering she deserved what Jem did to her.
Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like “******-lover”. How far do you agree with him? Atticus believes that insults like ******-lover shouldn’t affect you. All they do is bring out the true colors of the person who said it.
Why, in Atticus’s view, was Mrs. Dubose “a great lady”? Atticus believes Mrs. Dubose is a great lady because she was able to overcome her morphine addiction and die “free”.
Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is a model of real courage rather than a “man with a gun in his hand”. What does he mean? Do you think he is right? I think that Atticus is trying to say that overcoming ones struggle in life, knowing the outcome shall remain the same (death) takes a lot of courage. This is true. He is right to a certain extent. But their are men who give their lives in the US military who are men with guns, and they are very courageous.
Chapters 10 and 11 are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. Explain why Harper Lee chooses to end the first part here. Harper Lee chose to end the first part of the book her because everything Atticus has been teaching them has finally come together. All of the life lessons they have learned are finally clicking. They are more experienced now, and this was just the perfect place to end the first part.
Chapter 12
Comment on Jem’s and Scout’s visit to First Purchase church. At first, I feel like both Jem and Scout were a little timid upon arrival, but once they were accepted by the negro church community they felt much better
What new things does Scout learn here about how the black people live? Scout learned that money is tighter for the black community, there church is much different (hymns), and that the blacks can not read.
What does Scout learn from Calpurnia’s account of Zeebo’s education? Scout learned that Calpurnia used the same book to teach Zeebo how to read , as she did. This book was given to her by Scout’s grandfather.
Explain why Calpurnia speaks differently in the Finch household, and among her neighbors at church. Calpurnia speaks her finest English around the Finchs, but around her community she speaks like the rest of the blacks so she can fit in.

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