Do you think Mr.Ewell should be allowed to hunt out of season?
Based on the information we know about the Cunningham's and the Ewell's, how can some people take a bad thing and turn it into a good thing, while others choose not to change? ( Page 31 & Page 41)
Do you agree with the punishment Scout was given for standing up for Walter Cunningham? Why or why not? Was it necessary for her to do that? Is it okay for an adult to punish a child without fully explaining to the child what they have done wrong? Or without Explain.
Why do you think people, even children, judge others based on where they are from?
On page 31 the narrator says "Walters face brightened, then darkened". What do you think went through Walter's head?
Read over page 30. How is Scout behaving? What does this reveal about her character? Where else do you see this character trait reveled in the novel?
Why do you think that Dill lies about his life? Why do you think Dill was lying about his dad? What may be going on in Dill's family?
Scout tells us that someone in the Radley house was laughing when she rolled the tire into the Radley place. Who do you think is laughing, and why might the person be laughing?
Why do you think Jem acts the way he does when Atticus says to stop playing their game? Would you do differently?
Why does Scout go along with Jem and Dill's plan to give the letter to Boo Radley?
Why does the author have Jim, Scout, and Dill dig deep into Boo Radley’s past?
Why does the author choose to make Boo Radley a mysterious person? Will we ever meet Boo?
Why does Nathan Radley assume that it was a negro in his collard patch? Page 72 What does this reflect about the attitudes of Maycomb and the people in it?
In chapter 7, why did one of the Radley's sew up Jem's pants and fold them on the fence. (Page 78)
In chapter 7, Mr. Radley & Jem have a discussion on the tree dying and Mr. Radley putting cement in it. Why did Mr. Radely put cement in the tree? (Page 83) If he is trying to keep Boo from interacting with other people, why does he want to?
How does Mr. Radley die? Natural causes or did Boo kill him?
Page 93: After the fire is over, Miss Maudie is not upset about the destruction of her house. She responds that it will just give her more room to garden. What does this tell you about her character and values?
Think about the discussion we had in class about narrator and point of view. Why does the author focus on Atticus taking out Miss Maudie’s favorite piece of furniture during the fire? pg 93
Based on what we know about Boo Radley why would he put a blanket around Scout?
Why do you think Harper lee made uncle jack love scout more than Francis?pg 105-"you want to grow up to be a lady don't you"
Why do you think scout wanted attic us to listen to her conversation?
Page 119: What does Atticus mean when he says, “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”? Predict how this idea will become a major theme in the novel? Who are the metaphorical “mockingbirds” in the story?
Why do you think Atticus never told Jem and Scout about him being able to shoot well? What do you think drove Atticus to not want to tell the children about his sharpshooting?
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?
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.
Atticus says Mrs. Dubose is the bravest woman he has ever known after seeing her make her way through her morphine addiction. Does Mrs. Dubose epitomize your idea of courage?
What role will Tom Robinson have in the 2nd part of the story?
Why is Atticus not racist or prejudice unlike the extended Finch family or the people in Maycomb?
Scout comes to Atticus with concerns about her education and he helps her understand that she must get an education, even though she might find the process frustrating, and that he will continue to read with her and teach her at home. Clearly, Atticus understands the faults of the educational system, but also knows it is necessary for his children to pass through this system to be a part of society. How does Scout’s experience in the school system compare with your own? Is Atticus justified in believing this is a necessary to becoming a functioning member of society?
What elements of this book did you find especially memorable, humorous, or inspiring?
Are there individual characters whose beliefs, acts, or motives especially impressed or surprised you?
Did any events in this book cause you to reconsider your childhood memories or experiences in a new light?