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1. What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family? That Maycomb is a little town and that Atticus Finch is either related to almost everyone in the town through blood or marriage. He lives with his two kids Scout and Jem and there maid/cook. His wife had died a few years ago.

2. What do you learn about Dill’s character? That he is a very curious and adventurous little boy. He isn’t scared of much and wants to see what Boo looks like.

He got involved with a bad crowd and instead of getting sent away with the rest when the got arrested he was kept in his house. He then spent s little time in the local county basement when he stabbed his father. He is now a ghost in his own house.

4. Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?

It fascinates them because it’s so forbidden.

5. What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel? The narrative voice is a little girl named Scout.

1. Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school? Because she always watches the kids walk to school and is excited for it to finally be her. She is very eager to learn.

2. Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behavior typical of an older child? Because he doesn’t want to be embarrassed in front of his friends and yes this is very typical of an older child.

3. What do you think of Miss Caroline Fisher as a teacher? Can you find qualities, which would make her good or not so good at her job? I think she has qualities that make her both a good and not good teacher. She would make a good teacher because of her new techniques of teaching, which are more hands on learning like we do today. She makes not so good of a teacher because she seems very inpatient and doesn’t want any of the children to become too smart for their grade like Scout.

1. Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household? She is the Finchs maid/cook but she is also the mother role model of the household and is treated like family and an equal.

2. What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behavior during lunch suggest about his home life? He is very poor. His behavior during lunch when he covered everything in molasses and ate as fast as he could suggests that he doesn’t get that much food at home and thinks he’s going to take advantage of this and eat as much as he can because he doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from.

3. What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter? Atticus treats Walter like he is a grown man and equal to him because his knowledge level is that of a grown man farmer.

4. Does Scout learn anything from Walter’s visit? What do you think this is? Yes I think she learns that she can’t keep judging people as harshly as she does because she doesn’t know what their lives are like and needs to be more polite to guests.

5. Atticus says that you never really understand a person “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”. What does this mean? Is it an easy thing for Scout to learn? (In the last chapter of the novel, Scout repeats this,
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but she changes “skin” to “shoes” this is probably not a mistake: Harper Lee suggests that Scout cannot clearly recall exactly what Atticus said and when, but the reader can check this!) It means that you can’t judge someone until you’ve lived his or her life. I do think this is a hard thing for Scout to learn because she is still so young.

6. What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells? That they are the lowest people in the town and that they are allowed to do many things that are illegal to everyone else because Mr. Ewell is an alcoholic and drinks away all of the well fare money and they have to let him do things like hunt out of season so that the children can eat because they have no mother.

1. What does Scout think of current fashions in education? She thinks that school is extremely pointless and if it’s going to be this boring for the next 12 years she is not going to be taking part.

2. What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house? Hot steams, which are dead spirits or ghost like things and if you walk through one you will be stuck between heaven and hell when you die.

3. Why do the children make Boo’s story into a game? Because they think its fun.

4. What do they do in this game? Do you think the game is an accurate version of what happens in the Radleys’ home? They re and act Boo reading his magazine and then freaking out and stabbing his father. No part of them knows it’s not very accurate they just use the gossip that they hear in the town.

5. What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house? Boo Radley.

1. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson? How typical is she of Maycomb’s women? What do the children think of her? Miss Maudie Atkinson is a widow hat loves to garden she seems a little bit off of the typical Maycomb women because she’s being so friendly to the children. The children like her very much because she treats them almost as equals, makes them food all the time and spend time with Scout.

2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes? She tells Scout about how much that whole house hold cares about making sure they have a good after life and go to heaven that they think she’s going to hell because she spends too much time outside withe her flowers. That is why he stays inside all of the time.

3. Scout claims that “Dill could tell the biggest ones ” (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies? Because he wanted everyone to think highly of him and wanted them to think that he knew more then everyone else.

4. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think he is right? Why? He says that it is disrespectful and that they don’t know what really happens inside and that they sould never make fun of someone like that. Yes, I do agree with him.

1. Why does Scout disapprove of Jem’s and Dill’s plan of looking in at one of the Radleys’ windows? Because Atticus told them to stop bothering him and she doesn’t want to get into trouble. She also thinks that they will get killed.

2. What does Mr. Nathan Radley know about the intruders in his garden? Why does Miss Stephanie refer to a “negro” over whose head Mr. Nathan has fired? He doesn’t know who is was but if they come again he will shoot them this time.

3. Why does Dill’s explanation of Jem’s state of dress almost land him in trouble? Because poker is a sin and thats looked on as a very bad thing as well.

1. When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back,
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he tells her of something strange. What is this? Jem tells Scout that when he went back to go get his breeches that instead of them being tangle and in a heap where he left them they were nicely folded all sewn up like they were waiting for them.