1. Dill, Jem, Simon Finch, Atticus, John Hale Finch, Calpurnia, Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, Mr. Radley, Boo Radley, Mrs. Radley, Mr. Conner, Miss Stephanie Crawford, Nathan Radley, and Scout are introduced in the first chapter.
2. This book is set in the Great Depression (1929-1939). Harper Lee used the Scottsboro Case (1931) as the spark to write the trial sequences in the novel.
3. Scout narrates in the first person, telling what she saw and heard at the time and augmenting this narration with thoughts and assessments of her experiences in retrospect. Although she is by no means an omniscient narrator, she has matured considerably over the intervening years and often implicitly and humorously comments on the naïveté she displayed in her thoughts and actions as a young girl.
4. In To Kill a Mockingbird the Finch family is well off compared to the rest of society. The father, Atticus, is a lawyer.
5. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the fictional small Southern town of Maycomb in the 1930s.
6. Scout and Jem's fathers' name is Atticus and he is a lawyer with a distaste for criminal law, but he protects an innocent, black man.
7. The doors and shutters are always closed, the yard is unkempt, and one of the inhabitants of the house hasn't been seen in years.
8. The children think he's mad, violent, eats raw animals, walks around people's yards at night, can kill plants by breathing on them, and is going to KILL THEM ALL.
9. Miss Rachel's nephew. He's in Maycomb because he visits Miss Rachel every summer. Dill is also a friend and "fiance" of Scout's. He's also Jem's friend.
10. Scout goes to school for the first time.
11. The teacher becomes annoyed with Scout because Scout already knows how to read and write, and she tells the teacher about the Cunninghams, making her look like a fool.
12. Her father (Atticus) was a lawyer and would come home from work and read the paper. He...