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To Kill a Mockingbird: Chapter 18-31
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Mayella Ewell is both disgusting and pathetic. Give examples of both qualities by quoting stating statements she makes.
Definition
Mayella is disgusting because she disregarded the life of someone who was innocent; Mayella is pathetic because she doesn't have the courage to stand up for what's right
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What is so important about Tom Robinson's physical appearance? What, according to the testimony, does this prove beyond a doubt?
Definition
Part of Tom Robinson's left arm got chopped off from a cotton gin when he was younger. This means that he didnt slap or choke Mayella like she said because you need 2 hands to choke someone
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How does Atticus appear to feel about his own method of cross examining Mayella? Explain why this is so.
Definition
Atticus feels that is necessary to cross examine Mayella so he can prove that Tom Robinson is not guilty
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In contrast to the Ewells, what kind of person is Tom Robinson? Explain with evidence.
Definition
Tom Robinson is repectful, caring, and thoughtful because he helped Mayella around her property when she needed it
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Why does Atticus mention Tom's previous record of conviction?
Definition
To prove that Tom had nothing to prove
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ccording to Tom's testimony, what actually happened on November 21? Be specific.
Definition
Mayella asked Tom to come inside and fix her door, he went inside and the door was fine and he went to leave and Mayella jumped on him and he pushed her off and Mr. Ewell saw him and Tom ran out the front door because he was scared.
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What "mistake" did Tom make in saying he felt "sorry" for Mayella
Definition
He said, "That's right smart o' you to treat 'em"
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Explain Scout's statement that "she (Mayella) was even lonelier than Boo Radley."
Definition
When Atticus asked Mayella if she had any friends she couldn't name any. Also, Scout said that no white person would be Mayella's friend because of who Mayella is and no black would be Mayella's friend because Mayella is white
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How does Mr. Raymond defend his deliberate appearance of drunkenness?
Definition
He says he only drinks Coca-Cola
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Why does he tell Scout and Jem about his life?
Definition
He tells Scout and Jem about his life because Scout brings up that he is with Negros
Term
Paraphrase Atticus's summation to the jury.
Definition
Black people are just as innocent as white, that Tom Robinson is innocent and that they should look at Mr. Ewell.
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How does Scout "know" about the verdict before she heats it?
Definition
Scout "knows" about the verdict before she hears it because they have never chosen a black person over a white person
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Why do the black people stand when Atticus leaves the courtroom?
Definition
The black people stand up when Atticus leaves the courtroom because they honoring him since he did them a favor
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How does Atticus react when the verdict is announced?
Definition
Atticus feels bothered
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After Jem expresses disillusionment over the trial and the verdict, Miss Maudie defends the town and its people. What does she say to Jem.
Definition
"Don't fret Jem. Things are never as bad as they seem. There are some men in this world that need to do unpleasant things and your father is one of them."
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What causes Miss Maudie to say that at least they have made a step up in the right direction?
Definition
because the jury was talking for 2 hours instead of automatically saying that Tom Robinson was guilty
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What kind of clown does dill decide to be? Explain his reasoning.
Definition
Dill want to be a clown that laughs at people
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How does Atticus react to Bob Ewell's threat against him?
Definition
Atticus let's it go because he knew that Mr. Ewell needed to blow off some steam
Term
Briefly show the difference in attitude toward the Cunninghams as expressed by Atticus and Aunt Alexandra.
Definition
Atticus thinks they are nice and respectful people
Aunt Alexandra thinks they are trash
Term
Why can't Jem accept Scout's opinion about people?
Definition
Jem sees Scout as a child who can't understand people
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What unfortunate characteristics do the ladies of the missionary circle display? Do you think this is typical of such groups?
Definition
They are opionated and they care and favor white people
Term
Discuss the irony of Mrs. Merriweather's admiration for J. Grimes Everett and her attitude toward the trial
Definition
She was impressed with J. Grimes Everett's work that he did for the Mrunas but she said that she would forgive and forget
Term
Scout feels she prefers men to women. why?
Definition
Scout prefers men to women because she acts more like a man and doesn't understand women.
Term
In this chapter Scout learns something about being a lady. Explain.
Definition
Scout thought that if Aunt Alexandra can be a lady after finding out about Tom Robinson's death than so could she
Term
How does most of the town react to Tom's death?
Definition
Most of the town acted like it wasn't a big deal and forgot about him after a while
Term
In what way is Mr. Underwood's editorial in the Maycomb Tribune similar to Atticus's advice to Jem and Scout when they got their guns?
Definition
It is similar because Mr. Underwood said that it's a sin to kill cripples and Atticus said it's a sin to kill mockingbirds
Term
Scout is growing up. Explain her feelings now about the following item:
A) Their former creul games concerning Boo Radley
B) Her remaining desire to see Boo in person
C) Atticus' apparent knowledge of their previous activities
D) "Current Events"
Definition
A) Scout feels the same
B) It's not a big deal if she doesn't see him
C) She feels that he knows about them
D) She feels it's pointless
Term
What is the irony of Miss Gates's lecture on democracy when compared to her comments at the trial?
Definition
Miss Gates talks about how wrong Hitler was for his actions but at the trial she was saying that Tom Robinson deserved to die because he was black
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When Scout tries to tell Jem about Miss Gates, why does he react so violently? Explain Atticus's answer to her about this.
Definition
Jem reacts so violently because Tom Robinson died and Atticus lost the trial
Term
What three threatening things happen in Maycomb by the middle of October? What do they tell you about the kind of man Bob Ewell is?
Definition
1) He broke into Judge Taylor's house
2) He lost his job and blamed it on Atticus
3) He followed Hellen Robinson to her job
This shows that Mr. Ewell is not over the results of the trial
Term
Why do Atticus and Aunt Alexandra not intend to go to the Halloween pageant?
Definition
Because Aunt Alexandra was putting decorations up all day, Atticus just got into town, and they are bothered
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What does Cecil Jacobs do before the pageant which helps set up the incidents which occur after the pageant?
Definition
Cecil Jacobs scared Jem and Scout
Term
What things do Jem and Scout think the noise might be
Definition
Cecil Jacobs
Term
How many people are finally involved in the skirmish under the tree?
Definition
5 people
Term
Who saved Jem and Scout?
Definition
Boo Radley
Term
Briefly describe the meeting between Scout and Boo. How does this compare to how she imagined the meeting would be?
Definition
Scout invites Boo Radley to the front porch and then they have their conversation like how Scout imagined it would be if they ever met
Term
There seems to be an immediate understanding between Scout and Boo. Why do you think this is so?
Definition
There is an immediate understanding between Boo and Scout because Scout knows what it's like to be in Boo's shoes
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Atticus and Heck Tate have a heated argument. Does either really believe what he is saying?
Definition
Yes
Term
How does Scout assure Atticus that Mr. Tate is right?
Definition
Scout tells Atticus that it's like the story of the mockingbird
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When she takes Boo home, Scout understands many things as she street from this new point of view. Explain some of the things she "sees" now.
Definition
Scout "sees" what it's been like for Boo all of these years