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 18 - 23
- What does Mayella’s testimony add to the case?
- What startling revelation is made about Tom?
- Scout acquires an important realization during Tom’s testimony. Discuss the realization and its significance.
- What tragic racial situation is illustrated in this chapter? How does it apply to the theme?
- Why is it significant that Dill should be the one to get sick in the courtroom?
- What thematically related insights do Scout and Dill receive outside the courtroom?
- In reference to Dill, what pessimistic note does Dolphus Raymond cast? What is the implication of the remark?
- What is Atticus actually condemning in his closing remarks to the jury? What is the target of Atticus’ final plea?
- How does Scout know the verdict before it is read? What is the broader implication of the jury’s behavior?
- What finally forces Jem over the threshold toward adulthood? What symbolic incident occurs that shows this move toward adulthood?
- What hope and what fear are expressed at the end of the chapter?
- How does Atticus hope to prevent Jem and Scout from catching the disease of most people in Maycomb?
- Give Atticus’ interpretation of recent events.
- Cite examples that demonstrate Jem ‘s continuing maturity.