Reading Guide To Kill A Mockingbird Part I
1. Chapter 1 introduces readers to the town of Maycomb; its appearance, its inhabitants, and the particular attitudes of many of its people. Find a sentence or a paragraph which illustrates each of the following attitudes or ideas. Quote a portion of the sentence or paragraph and provide a page number. a. Pride in ancestry or tradition
b. Pride in conformity and distrust in those that are different c. Awareness of difference in social classes
d. Narrow span of interest or almost no interest in the world outside Maycomb
2. When does the story begin?
3. What do we know for certain about Boo Radley?
4. Why is Boo fascinating to the children?
1. Scout makes three mistakes during her first day of school. What are her mistakes, and why do they make Miss Caroline so angry? 2. Why are the professional people in Maycomb poor at this time? 3. What is the WPA and why won`t Mr. Cunningham work for it? Chapter 3
1. Calpurnia lectures Scout on manners when Scout criticizes Walter`s manners and Atticus supports her. What does this reveal about how both Cal and Atticus feel about others? 2. Burris Ewell, Walter Cunningham, and Chuck Little are all from extremely poor families. However, there are great differences in both appearance and in attitude, particularly between the Cunninghams and the Ewells. Explain the differences. Why do they exist? 3. Atticus tells Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb in his skin and walk around in it.” What are some life lessons that Scout begins to realize at this point? 4. Why does Atticus say the law is rigid for “common folk” but is bent in certain ways for the Ewells? 5. What “compromise” does Atticus suggest in this chapter? Chapter 4
1. What specific criticisms does Scout have of her school?
2. Where are the gum and the pennies coming from? What makes you think so? 3. Scout...
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