That was the summer Dill came to us:
whose point of view will the story be told?
How old do you think the
narrator is when she tells the story? List phrases that helped you arrive at
is Calpurnia and what does she teach Jem and Scout?
Calpurnia is the loyal housekeeper for
is the town of Maycomb described?
The story takes place in the deep South in
Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Maycomb was an old town, but it
was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned
to red slop; grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square.
(ch 1) “Nothing to buy and no money to buy it with.”
How is the Radley family represented? Consider
points of view from
General Maycomb population
We’ll do like we always do at home,’ Jem said, ‘but you’ll see – school’s
How is Miss Caroline Fisher represented?
Consider these incidents:
Atticus teaches Scout to read
Walter Cunningham doesn’t have lunch
How is the Cunningham family represented?
you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point
1. In what way could Scout’s behaviour be deemed unbecoming
for a girl?
2. How does Jem
resolve Scout’s problem with Walter Cunningham? How is the reader positioned to
3. 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?
4. Atticus teaches
Jem and Scout some valuable lessons when Walter comes to lunch. What are these
5. What character
traits have you noticed that are likely to make Scout’s life hard? Consider what you
have learnt about Scout’s interactions with Atticus, Walter, Calpurnia and Miss
6. How is the
Ewell family represented?
7. What is Atticus attempting to teach Scout when he says,
‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point
of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.’
folk don’t have hidin’ places’
1.Scout does not appreciate formal
education. Write 2 phrases/sentences that demonstrate this.
2.What incidents continue to keep the
Boo Radley mystery alive for the children?
3.Scout refers to her fear of Boo
Radley by saying ‘..nothing would get me, with him (Jem)
and Calpurnia there in the daytime and Atticus home at night’. What do you
learn about children’s wants?
4.When Atticus reacts to the Boo
Radley game, what do you notice about the way he disciplines his children? List
the principles in which he believes.
name’s Arthur and he’s alive’
1.What does Scout admire about Miss
2.What comments does Miss Maudie make
about Stephanie Crawford?
3.Miss Maudie’s comment, ‘Atticus
Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets’ is appreciated
by Scout. Why?
4.What do you know about Dill that
might explain why he wants Boo to come out and ‘sit a spell with us’ in order
to ‘feel better’. Why, too, is it understandable that Dill lies so often and so
5.What direct order does Atticus give
was then I suppose, that Jem
and I first began to part company.’
What does Jem’s
comment, ‘Scout, I’m telling you for the last time… you’re gettin’
more like a girl every day, ’ reveal about how boys think girls should behave?
2.Was Jem’s decision to return to the Radley
house, a courageous one?
3.During the scene in which the neighbours
gather to discuss the gunshot and in which Dill and Jem
tell their cover story, many of the assumptions of the adult community are
revealed? List the assumptions.
What makes Jem and Scout begin to ‘part company’?
Define their two separate ways of looking at the situation. What has Jem
learned that Scout is too young to see?