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How well does Atticus feel he should defend Tom Robinson? Is it usual for (white) lawyers to do
their best for black clients in Alabama at this time?
He believes that every lawyer has a case that should decided the rest of their career, and this is his case. He thinks knowone will respect him if he doesn't take the case.
Scout and Jem have “mixed feelings” about Christmas? What are these feelings and why?
They love getting to see their Uncle Jack and decorating the Christmas tree. They dont like seeing their Aunt Alexandra and Francis because Aunt Alexandra was mean and Francis was the complete opposite of Scout.
3.Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why
might he say it?
He means she is acting older than she really is because she has started cussing.
When Francis talks to Scout he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this?
She talks badley about Atticus and is very disgraceful to him.
Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might
She learns that Atticus's case is getting worse and Uncle Jack will always keep his secrets.
Read the final sentence of this chapter. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might
be important in the story.
I think it means that Atticus wanted Scout to hear what he was saying so she couldn't get mad when other people are being mean.
Scout says that “Atticus was feeble”. Do you think that this is her view as she tells the story or her
view when she was younger? Does she still think this after the events recorded in this chapter?
I think it is her view from when she was younger, because he thinkings changed at the end of the chapter.
In this chapter Atticus tells his children that “it's a sin to kill a mockingbird”. What reason does he
give for saying this?
Atticus said all mocking birds do is make beautful music for the people to hear, and it doesn't annoy anyone. So it is a sin.
Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?
Because Atticus was a "better shot" them him so he wanted him to do it.
10.Near the end of this chapter Atticus cuts off Heck Tate as he is speaking to Jem. What might
Heck have been about to say, and why would Atticus want to stop him from saying it?
Heck was going to tell the kids how good of a shot Atticus has, but Atticus didn't want them to know.
Jem and Scout have different views about telling people at school how well Atticus can shoot.
Explain this difference. Which view is closer to your own?
Jem doesn't think anyone should know but Scout wants to tell everybody. My view is like Jem's.
How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts?
Don't be mean or react badley because she is bitter because she is sick.
13.What does Mrs. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Jem feel about this?
Jem doesn't like it because she said her mother was a great women, but after she passed, the family became a bad family.
hat request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his “crime”?
She makes Jem care for her plants and she has to read to her for two hours every day for a month. Jem thinks the reading hours are too long.
Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like “nigger-lover”. How far do you agree
His kids think it is an insult but Atticus takes it as a compliment.
16. Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose “a great lady”?
She was fighting because she was sick for a long time.
Atticus says that Mrs. Dubose is a model of real courage rather than “a man with a gun in his
hand”. What does he mean? Do you think he is right?
It takes more courage to fight an addiction than to fight in a war. I think he is right because i can be extremely hard to fight an addiction.
Chapters ten and eleven are the last two chapters in the first part of the book. Explain why Harper
Lee chooses to end the first part here.
A major event happens in the book and it happens at a good point. It shows how the Finches handle it as well.
19. Comment on Jem's and Scout's visit to First Purchase church.
The are shown a different type of religion practice and a new style of church.
20.What new things does Scout learn here about how the black people live?
Many black people are poor. They can't read or write, but they all can be very generous.
21.What does Scout learn from Calpurnia's account of Zeebo's education?
That Calpurnia was the one who taught him.
Explain why Calpurnia
speaks differently in the Finch household, and among her neighbours at church.
Calpurnia doesn't want to rub it in to the Finch's because she doesn't want to show that she can speak better then them.
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