To Kill a Mockingbird

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ELA 10-1 To Kill a Mockingbird Study Guide Chapters 1 - 3 Name ___________________ The Facts
Chapter 1 “That was the summer Dill came to us.” 1. In what state does the novel take place?
_____________________________________________________________________ 2. What does the children’s father, Atticus Finch, do for a living?
_____________________________________________________________________ 3. From whose point of view will the story be told?
_____________________________________________________________________ 4. Who is Calpurnia and what is she like?
_____________________________________________________________________ 5. What game does Dill invent?
_____________________________________________________________________ 6. What did Arthur (Boo) Radley do (at age 33) that landed him temporarily in the county jail?
_____________________________________________________________________ 7. According to Jem’s description, what does Boo look like?
_____________________________________________________________________ 8. What act of “courage” on Jem’s part ends the chapter?

Chapter 2 “We’ll do like we always do at home, “[Jem] said, “but you’ll see – school’s different.” 1. On her first day of school, what does Scout get in trouble for? List three things.
_____________________________________________________________________ 2. How does Miss Caroline Fisher feel at the end of her first day? How do you know?
_____________________________________________________________________ 3. What are the Cunninghams like?

Chapter 3 “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . .” 1. How does Scout solve her problem with Walter Cunningham?
_____________________________________________________________________ 2. How does Jem solve Scout’s problem with Walter Cunningham?
_____________________________________________________________________ 3. Why can’t Walter Cunningham pass the first grade?
_____________________________________________________________________ 4. What scared and shocked Miss Caroline? (Do you know another name for this creature?)

Focus on Thinking
Write on one (1) of these questions for your entry in your Peer Partner Journal.

Remember your answers need to be thoughtful and thorough.
Choose the question that best offers you that opportunity.

Chapter 1

1. Atticus tells Scout that there are “other ways [besides chaining them to beds] of making people into ghosts.” What does he mean by ghosts? What ”ways” might he have in mind? List several and explain.

2. Given what you know of Maycomb and of the Radley family, why don’t the Radleys seem to fit in? How might Maycomb itself be responsible for the Radley’s strangeness?

Chapter 3

1. When Scout questions Walter’s table manners, you learn something about Calpurnia and about her place in the family. What do you learn? Why might this surprise some citizens of Maycomb?

2. The narrator tells us, “In Maycomb County, hunting out of season was a misdemeanor at law, a capital felony in the eyes of the populace.” First, put this sentence in your own words; next, explain why the “populace” would feel this way in 1935; then, try to explain why this offense and the offense of truancy are overlooked in the case of the Ewells. Finally, draw a conclusion about the citizens of...
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