TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD Study Guide Questions

Atticus Finch father to Scout and Jem; lawyer who defends Tom Robinson
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch little girl who comes of age. she tells the story. sister to Jem, daughter to Atticus
Jem Finch Scout’s older brother
Maycomb a tired, poor, old town in the grips of the Great Depression
Calpurnia The Finch’s housekeeper; acts as a more distant mother-figure to Jem and Scout
Charles Baker (Dill) Harris Jem and Scout’s summer neighbor and friend. He is a confident boy with an active imagination. He is fascinated with Boo.
Stephanie Crawford “a neighborhood scold”
The Radley Place the prison of Boo Radley, the Radley Plave is very mysterious to Scout, Jem, and Dill
Arthur (Boo) Radley town outcast whom children constantly try to see
Miss Caroline Fisher scout’s first grade teacher
Walter Cunningham Son of Mr. Cunningham and classmate of Scout. he cannot afford lunch one day at school and accidentally gets Scout in trouble.
Burris Ewell Filthy, cusses out the teacher, only goes to the first day of school every year
What was the Boo Radley game? It was when Dill, Scout and Jem would act out the stories they heard about Boo Radley.
What did Dill dare Jem to do? Dill dares Jem to go up and touch the house. Jem pretends not to be afraid, but he is still scared as he runs away. Later Atticus scolds them for trying to provoke Boo Radley.
What was Scout’s first “crime” at school? The first “crime” that Scout committed in school was reading to Miss Caroline, her teacher. The students were not meant to be able to read yet, so she was told not to read out of class.
What was Calpurnia’s fault? scout being able to read and write
Why did Scout rub Walter Cunningham’s nose in the dirt? Because he made her look bad on the first day of school, after she defended/explained his reason for rejecting the teacher’s 25 cents.
Scout said, “He ain’t company, Cal, he’s just a Cunningham.” What did she meanby that, and what was Cal’s answer? Scout meant that Walter Cunningham is Socially unequal because his family is a member of the lower class., Scout meant that Finches are better than Cunninghams, and for that reason she didn’t have to treat Walter as company. Cal told Scout that she should treat anyone who came to visit her home as “company” and show him every courtesy.
What two mistakes did Miss Caroline make on the first day of school? She tried giving Walter Cunningham a quarter for his lunch (he doesn’t accept anything he cannot pay back), and then she tried to make Burris Ewell stay in class.
Why didn’t the Ewells have to go to school? in all reality the Ewells are considered the lowest of the low in the book and the truant officers are just happy enough to get them there on the first day of school.
What did Scout and Jem find in the Radley’s tree? They found gum, two pennies, a watch, twine, and two carved soap figures of themselves
Mrs. Dubose An elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches. Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction., A mean, sick, very old woman who lives near the Finch family. Jem unknowingly assists her with her heroic attempt to conquer her morphine addiction, a fight that wins her Atticus’s highest praises., lived two doors up from Scout’s house, meanest old woman ever
How did Jem get even with Scout for contradicting him about “Hot Steams?” Pushing her down in a tire roughly so she would become nauseated.

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