To Kill a Mockingbird
Questions to Guide Your Reading
Please be sure to answer these questions in your notebook. You should also be following the Cornell Notes method to take notes on each chapter.
Chapters 12 - 17
- Explain the TWO REASONS why Calpurnia’s congregation doesn’t have hymn books.
- How did the congregation know the words to sing without hymnbooks?
- Why didn’t the Reverend Sykes let the congregation leave right away? BE SPECIFIC.
- Why couldn’t Tom Robinson’s wife find a job? BE SPECIFIC.
- Who was waiting for Scout and Jem on the front porch when they came home from church?
- Explain the quote: "Aunt Alexandra fitted into the world of Maycomb like a hand in a glove, but never into the world of Jem and me."
- When Atticus and Alexandra disagree about how to deal with the children, how does Atticus handle the situation?
- How is the small town atmosphere the perfect breeding ground for gossip?
- Explain the significance of this quote: “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn’t have got along without her all these years. She’s a faithful member of this family and you’ll simply have to accept things the way they are. Besides, sister, I don’t want you working your head off for us – you’ve got no reason to do that. We still need Cal as much as we ever did.”
- Why did Dill run away from home back to Maycomb?
- Why did Dill create tall tales about this life?
- What did Scout overhear Aunt Alexandra saying about Calpurnia? What was Atticus’ response?
- Why was Atticus sitting outside the jail?
- How did Scout help break up the mob? What did she say and to whom did she say it?
- Who is Mr. Dolphus Raymond and what is unusual about him and his family?
- Jem tells Dill and Scout about Mr. Dolphus Raymond and his family and states that neither “colored folk” nor “white folk will have ‘em.” Why do both communities shun the family?
- Where and with whom did Jem, Scout and Dill sit in the courtroom?