Journal Part 1: To Kill a Mockingbird
The questions in this assignment cover readings in Lessons 1–7 of the To Kill a Mockingbird unit (Chapters 1–13 of the text). You may answer each question as you are prompted to do so, or you may want to wait until after Lesson 7 to answer them. Keep the questions in mind as you work on Lessons 2–7. You will need to turn in this assignment after you complete all of your work in Lesson 7 of this unit. As always, be sure to submit this assignment to your teacher by the due date for full credit. (10 points)
1. Dill lies about his father—and many other things. What is probably his motivation? What does Dill add to the children’s lives? Answer:
Dill lies about his father and the rest of the family because he doesn't want anyone to know that he is not treated as well by his family as Atticus treats his children. He wants to be thought of as a "normal" child. Although he is not abused, he's ignored by his family and left to his own devices. Because of this, he's seen almost every horror movie and delights in telling the details to others. He adds imagination, color, and, at times, drama to Scout and Jem's lives. He is the one who often begins much of the mischief the children get into. He dares Jem to approach the Radley house and makes up the "Boo Radley" game. He even runs away one from his own house and is found under Scout's bed.In "To Kill a Mockingbird", Dill's antics serve as a welcome comic relief to the grim story surrounding Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell.
2. Miss Maudie discusses some of the town’s problems with the children. She says: “The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets—“ Secrets seem to be a theme in the novel. Even a small town holds many secrets. What are some of the secrets from the story thus far? How might the secrets affect the story? Answer:
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