To Kill A Mockingbird Study Questions Chapter 1

Who is the narrator of the novel? What type of narration is used? The narrator of the novel is Scout. First person is the type of narration used.
The narrator begins her story by giving the reader background information. What does the narrator reveal about her family history in the first several pages? There was no record of their ancestors. The first of her family to come to America was Simon Finch, Scout’s father, Jack Finch and their sister.
The novel is set in Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930’s, during the Great Depression. What indicates that most of the towns people are poor? Most people had no money and paid for services with products.
How does Scout describe the way she and her brother feel about their father? She found him satisfactory and courteous.
What happened to Scout and Jem’s mother? She died from a heart attack.
Who is Calpurnia? How does Scout describe her? Identiy a simile that she uses in her description? Calpurnia is the cook. Scout describes her as being nearsighted and harsh. “Her hand was as wide as a bed slat and twice as hard “.
How do Jem and Scout meet Dill? How does Scout describe the boy? They meet Dill in Miss Haverford’s collard patch.
What is frightening to the children about the Radley’s house? What lives in the house, according to Scout? The Radley place jutted into a sharp curve beyond our house, the sidewalk turned and ran beside the lot. The house was a dark gray color with rotted shingles and oak trees. A phantom lives in the house.
Describe some of the rumors surrounding the Radley’s house and its inhabitant. How does the reader know that some of the rumors are untrue and that fears concerning the house may be unfolded? People said Boo went out at night and peeped in windows. Some of the rumors like “when people’s azaleas froze in a cold snap, it was because he had breathed on them” could not be true.
Beginning with the line, “The misery of that house began many years before Jem and I were born,” Scout tells the reader the sad history of the Radley family. Briefly summarize what happened to the family. The Radley’s did not socialize with the people in the community and they avoided all communication with the people in the town.
How did the townspeople feel about the Radley family? How did they view Mr. Radley in particular? Provide quotes from the text to support your answer. They felt that the Radley family was strange, especially Mr. Radley. Calpurnia said that Mr. Radley is the “meanest man God ever blew breath into.”
After Dill wonders aloud what Boo Radley looks like, Jem gives a description from his imagination. How does he describe Boo? What image does his description provoke? Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, their was a long jagged scar that ran across his face, his teeth were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.
On what dramatic note does chapter 1 end? What do the kids do, and what is the result of their action? Jem slapped the house to see if Boo Radley would come out. And then a tiny, almost invisible movement, and the house was still. The children ran.

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