Questions for To Kill a Mockingbird
1. a. The geographical location of the story, To Kill a Mockingbird, is in the South. I know this because in the book it says, “Being Southerners, it was a source of shame to some members of the family that we had no recorded ancestors on either side of the Battle of Hastings.” page 3-4 b. The story, To Kill A Mockingbird, is taken place in Maycomb County, Alabama. I know this because in the novel it says, “When my father was admitted to the bar, he returned to Maycomb and began his practice. Maycomb, some twenty miles east of Flinch’s Landing, was the county seat of Maycomb County.” page 4. Also, on page 79 it says, “There are no clearly defined seasons in South Alabama;…” c. The book To Kill a Mockingbird is taken place in the nineteen-thirties. “The first thing was the Mr. Bob Ewell acquired and lost a job in matter of days and probably made himself unique in the annals of the nineteen-thirties.” Page 332 2. a. Boo Radley
b. “The man was walking with the staccato steps of someone carrying a load too heavy for him. He was going around the corner. He was carrying Jem. Jem’s arms was dangling crazily in front of him.” Page 352 3. a. Bob Ewell
b. “Now here me, Bob Ewell: if I hear one more word outa my girl Helen about not bein’ able to walk down this road I’ll have you in jail before sundown!” page 334 4. a. First person
b. “Our mother died when I was two, so I never felt her absence… Jem was the product of their first year of marriage; four years later I was born, and two years later our mother died of a sudden heart attack.” Page 7 5. a. The climax began the day of the trial of Tom Robinson. Scout and especially Jem could not understand how the jury found Tom Robinson guilty. It was clear to most people that Mayella’s father, Bob, had choked her. b. “I shut my eyes. Judge Taylor was polling the jury: ‘Guilty… guilty… guilty…guilty…’” page 282 6. a. The moral of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is based on good vs. evil. Atticus also explains to Jem and Scout about perspective, he tries to encourage them to look at a situation from the other persons point of view. b. “I had never seen our neighborhood from this angle… Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Pages 373-374 7. a. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance. b. The title To Kill a Mockingbird is a metaphor for hurting or killing an innocent person. It can also be a warning to not judge what you see on the outside of a person but to only look at a person’s personality. c.Tom Robinson
d. (for part b.) “‘…but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. ‘Your father is right,’ she said. ‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’” Page 119 (for part c.)"…it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting, or escaping. He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children…" Page 323 8. “Jem stamped his foot. ‘Don’t you know you’re not ever supposed to touch the trees over there? You’ll get killed if you do!’” page 45 “‘Smatter?’ said Dill. ‘Still scared?’ ‘He can get out at night when we are all asleep….’ I said. Page 51 9. a.Tom Robinson is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Mayella also testified that Tom hit her, grabbed her around the neck, chocked her and took advantage of her. b.Tom Robinson could not have committed this crime because he is crippled. His left arm was caught...