To Kill a Mockingbird

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Essay Test: To Kill a Mockingbird

You will write TWO short essays answers to your choice of TWO of the following questions. Each answer should be 1-2 paragraphs long only- these are not full essays.

Before you begin, locate the two questions for which you have prepared. Delete all other options. You now have your own personalized version of this test.

Criteria:
* Be sure to reference the book (with a quotation or giving a detailed description of a specific scene) 1-2 times for each short answer. Be sure to explain how this reference/evidence proves the topic sentence of your paragraph/s.

* Remember, you have a time limit for this. If you spend all of your time writing one short essay answer and you don’t get to the second, you’ll only have finished ½ of the test.

* You may use your copy of the novel, double entry journals, quizzes, book notes, any other TKM or background work.

* Paragraphs should have topic sentences, details, and clincher/concluding sentences, but can also be as descriptive and creative as you like.

* You should plan out your ideas with a bit of prewriting. You will write only ONE draft of these short essays.

Choice 1: What is the significance of the metaphorical title To Kill a Mockingbird? Which characters do you see as Mockingbirds? What does it mean as a metaphor and central theme in the book?

It is a common belief in Alabama, where the novel To Kill a Mockingbird takes place, that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. When Atticus tells his children this, the curious Scout asks Miss Maudie why and she answers, “…they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (119). The mockingbird, or songbird signifies innocence; it harms nothing and no one. It only creates music for people to enjoy. Although a mockingbird is not literally killed in the book, somebody just as innocent as one is. The victim is Tom Robinson, a blameless “colored” man...
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