To Kill a Mockingbird Ch. 12 - 17 Study Questions

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Chapter 12
1.Jem is now 12. There is a widening gap of understanding between Scout and Jem. Find two or three examples which illustrate the emotional distance between them.
Before, Jem would always be Scout’s playmate but now he tells her to “stop pestering him” and that she should start “bein’ a girl and acting right”. Jem now likes to be kept alone and feels as if Scout is a lot more childish than he had realized. 2.How do you explain Lula’s antagonism toward Jem and Scout?

Lula feels as if the church is for black people only and that the whites should not go and get involved in their activities. 3.Scout finds the church service to be similar to her own except for few differences. Explain what these are.

The church does not have any hymn-books, rather they have a music superintendent who leads them into the songs. As the leader says one line, the entire church will repeat it in a chorus. Additionally, the reverend would ask God to help the ill, but rather than saying that generally, he focuses on more specific cases. 4.Why does Cal speak one way around colored people and another way around white people? Is she being honest or hypocritical in what she does? Explain.

Cal is only being honest because she does not want others to feel as if she is patronizing them. If she talks the way she does around white people, they might make her feel as if she wants to be seen more superior to them. Chapter 13

1.Scout and Aunt Alexandra communicate very poorly with each other. Is the fault more with one than the other, or are they equally at fault? Explain.
Both are equally at fault for not being able to communicate well with each other. Neither of them have ever tried to be in the other’s shoes so with that, they cannot understand why the other feels the way they feel. 2.Discuss Cousin Joshua Finch as:

a.Atticus describes him: Joshua Finch was troublesome and even tried to shoot the president of his college. The family had to pay five hundred dollars to get him out of the trouble as well. b.Aunt Alexandra describes him: She says that he was a fine man, but only because she likes to make the Finch family heritage sound nicer.

Explain the difference in opinion: Atticus likes to explain the truth of things as they are, while Aunt Alexandra likes to tell the good side of them. 3.What did Scout mean on page 137 when she stated: “I know what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man. It takes a woman to do that kind of work.”

Scout knew very well that Atticus was trying his best to teach his children but he did not succeed because usually women at those times were the ones to teach the children about manners and heritage. That was also the sole reason why Aunt Alexandra was there with them. Chapter 14

1.How does Aunt Alexandra feel about Calpurnia? Explain why this is” in character” for Aunt Alexandra.
Aunt Alexandra believes that because of Calpurnia’s skin color, it is not right for her to raise up the children. It is just like Aunt Alexandra to feel this way because she feels like she is the best when it comes to motherly situations. Aunt Alexandra also likes to be in control. 2.Why is Scout so happy about the brawl with Jem?

The brawl is ended by Atticus but Jem and Scout are both sent to bed and that makes Scout feel as if they are now equal. When Jem says goodnight to her, she now feels as if they are both united again. 3.Explain how Jem “broke the remaining code of our childhood.” (pg. 143)

Jem informed Atticus that Dill had arrived, and Scout and Dill feel like he is a traitor for doing so. This only shows though, that Jem is now becoming mature. 4.Dill tries to explain to Scout why he did not want to stay with his mother and stepfather. State his reasons briefly in your own words.

Dill did not like being there because he got no attention from either one of his parents. All they did was sit in a room together and read, paying no attention to Dill at all. They also tried to keep him...
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