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To Kill a Mockingbird
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Reading Guide
Chapter I
1. Chapter 1 introduces readers to the town of Maycomb, its appearance, its inhabitants, and the partlcular attitudes of many of its people. Find a sentence or a paragraph which illustrates each of the following attitudes/ideas. Ouote at least a portion of the sentence or paragraph and give the page number.

a. pride in ancestry and "tradition"
b. pride in conformity and distrust of those who are different c.

awareness of differences in social classes

2. Approximately when does the story begin? Show evidence to support your answer. 3. What do we know for certain about Boo Radley?
4. Why is Boo fascinating to the children?
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Scout makes three mistakes during her flrst day at school. What are her mistakes, and why do t hey make Miss Caroline so angry?

2. Why are the professional people ln Maycomb poor at this time? 3. What is the WPA, and why won't Mr. Cunningham work for it? chapter
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What do we learn about Calpurnia and Atticus when Scout criticizes Walter's manners?

2. Burris Ewell, Walter Cunningham, arrd Chuck Little are all from extremely poor families; however, there are great differences both in appearance arld in attitude, particularly between the Cunninghams ar]d the Ewells. What are those differences, and why do you suppose they exist?

3. Atticus talks to Scout about how people come to understand each other- What are some of the things that Scout begins to realize at this point?
4. Why does Atticus say that the law is ngid for ordinary people, but it is bent in certain ways for the Ewells?
5. What ls the compromise which Atticus suggests?
Chapter 4
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In what speciffc ways does Scout criticize the school she is attending?

2. Where do you suppose the gum and the pennies are coming from? What makes you think so? 3. What two reasons does Scout have for wanting to quit the Radley Game? Chapter 5
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Based on the description of Miss Maudie and her conversations with Scout, write a brief character analysis of Miss Maudie. Support your conclusions with e\.idence from the novel.

2. When Miss Maudie shows her disgust with "foot-washing Baptists," is she actually putting down all Baptists, or is she criticizing a particular point of view? Explain. The Center for l,earning. Used with permission. Not for resale. @ COPYRIGFIT,

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To Kill a Mockingbird
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3. Explain Miss Maudie's statement about the relative dangers of a Bible and a whiskey bottle.
4. Paraphrase Atticus's speech about the Radleys'right
of view? Why or why not?

to privacy. Do you agree with his point

Chapter 6
1. What reasons do Jem and Dill give for trying to peek into the Radley window on this particular night? 2. What statement by Jem makes Scout finally go along with the plan? 3. After the incident, Jem's rea-l desire is not just to recover his pants but to keep on good terms with Atticus. What does this tell you about Jem's relationship with his fattrer? Chapter 7

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What is the condition of Jem's pants when he ffnds them? Why does their condition frighten him further?

2. What is the significance of rhe gifts in the lree?
3. Explain why Mr. Nathan Radley fills the hole in the tree with cement. Why does Jem cry about this?
Chapter 8
f . Why do Jem and Scout make the snowmal

such an obvious replica of Mr. Avery?

2. Why does Atticus decide to keep the blanket incident a secret? 3. After the flre, how does Miss Maudie feel about the destruction of her house? What does tell you abour her character, her values?

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1. Erplain Atticus's statements about the following:
a. the use of the word n igger
b. his personal reasons for defending Tom Robinson
c. the children's language and behaviors
2. Who are tlie following people, and how are ttrey related to Atticus and to the children? a. Alexandra
b. Francis
c. Jack...
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