Chapter 1
1. What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?
Atticus has very close ties to Maycomb, a small town. He is related to everyone there by blood or marriage. He woks in the farming community there.
2. What do you learn about Dill's character?
We learn that he is a cousin, and he has an adventurous and friendly spirit.
3. What, briefly, has happened to Arthur “Boo” Radley?
Aurthur was involved in some mischief in the town. His father bailed him out. One day, ''Boo'' stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. He was sent to jail to live in a dingy cell. When he got back his father died, his brother moved in, and he became a recluse.
4. Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?
The Radley places fascinates Scout, Jem, and Dill because it is the home of a notorious recluse with a mysterious past. The rumors about it make it even more interesting.
5. What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?

It is in first person, and is told through the wide eyed perspective of a seven year old.


Chapter 2
1. Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?
I think Scout is exciting because it is hinted at early in Chapter One that she has a passion for reading and learning.
2. Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behaviour typical of an older child?
Jem probably doesn't want Scout following him around, asking questions loudly, and telling the world what's he like at home. His behavior is typical of an older child, because usually older siblings resent their younger siblings.
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 that Mrs Fisher is a good teacher. She seems to know what she is doing, and takes a genuine interest in the kid's education. However, I think she can be a little too hard on kids (such as the situation with Walter and his lunch).


Chapter 3
1. Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household?
Calpurnia is the cook in the Finch household.
2. What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behaviour during lunch suggest about his home life?
Walter Cunningham is a poor boy from a hardworking family. At lunch, he eats a huge portion, and drowns it in syrup. He never has anything to eat at home, so when he has good food, he eats, because he doesn't know when his next meal will be. This suggests he does not have the best home life.
3. What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter?
I like the way he treats him. He treats him like is equal, and is very accepting of his ways.
4. Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think this is?
Scout does learn something. I think she starts to become aware of how other people live, and how their routines differ from hers.
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, 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 have to see things from their eyes/point of view, and therefore know who they truly are. This may not be an easy thing for Scout to learn as for she is very young, and still is unsure of her views on certain things/people.
6. What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells?
You learn that they, like the Radleys, are sort of notorious in Maycomb. They aren't looked after well, and they have special laws for their family.


Chapter 4
1. What does Scout think of current fashions in education?
Scout is not fond of the current fashions in education, and wishes to be taught at home. She finds her father's method of teaching more effective.
2. What superstitions do the children have in connection with the Radley house?
They find Indian coins in Boo's Oak tree. This reflects their superstition that the coins will bring good luck, and good health.
3. Why do the children make Boo's story into a game?
They make Boo's story into a game because they have exhausted all the other ones, and it is something interesting.
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 act out all of Boo's most notorious moments in the game. It is not accurate, because Scout even states in the book that they base it off of neighborhood gossip.
5. What might be the cause of the laughter from inside the house?

Boo might have been laughing at them as Scout crashed, and Jem was having a heart attack for her to get out. He probably found their antics amusing.

Chapter 5
1. Describe Miss Maudie Atkinson? How typical is she of Maycomb's women? What do the children think of her?
Miss Maudie is a very, kind generous, and hardworking person. She loves to work in her garden. She is a refreshing Maycomb women because she sees the good in everyone and dos not gossip. The children love her, and Scout sees her as a friend.
2. What does Miss Maudie tell Scout about Boo? How does this compare with what Scout already believes?
Miss Maudie tells Scout that it is all rumors, and Boo was a polite and kind child. Scout is shocked, because she grew up believing he is a monster.
3. Scout claims that “Dill could tell the biggest ones ” (lies) she ever heard. Why might Dill have told such lies?
He might have told the lies to impress her and Jem, mainly her, because he has a crush on her.
4. What reasons does Atticus give for the children not to play the Boo Radley game? Do you think he is right? Why?

He doesn't want them to play the Boo Radley game because he feels that they are ''putting his history on display for the neighborhood.'' I think he is right, because it's rude tom mock someone that way, and the children don't even know if any of it is true.



Chapter 6
1. Why does Scout disapprove of Jem's and Dill's plan of looking in at one of the Radleys' windows?
She disapproves because she is afraid of Boo Radley, and they were instructed to leave him alone.
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 knows that they are children, because Jem left his pants behind, and he saw Jem's shadow. Miss Stephanie refers to a Negro because she wants to start more gossip about the Radleys.
3. Why does Dill's explanation of Jem's state of dress almost land him in trouble?

Because Dill said they were playing strip poker, and Atticus got mad at them for that anyways.

Chapter 7
1. When Jem tells Scout about getting his trousers back, he tells her of something strange. What is this?
He tells her that he found them all crudely stitched up.
2. Can you find any evidence that Jem is beginning to understand more than Scout about Boo Radley? What do you think this is?
Jem tells Atticus about everything, and is gathering facts about Boo. I think this is him starting to look closer at him.
3. Does Jem still fear the gifts in the tree? Give reasons for your answer.
Jem does still fear them, because he ate an entire pack of gum that Boo left for them. He was also upset when they stopped.
4. When the children plan to send a letter to the person who leaves the gifts, they are prevented. How does this happen? Who does it, and why might he do so?
Mr. Nathan Radley blocks the tree, because he does not want the children bothering Boo anymore.


Chapter 8
1. Why does Scout quiz Atticus about his visit to the Radley house? How much does Atticus tell her?
Scout wants to know if Atticus saw Boo. He does not tell her very much, as for he is still touchy.
2. What is the “near libel” which Jem puts in the front yard? How do Miss Maudie and Atticus react to it?
It is a snowman that looks like Mr. Avery. Miss Maudie and Atticus find it humorous.
3. Why does Atticus save Miss Maudie's oak rocking chair?
Because it is a prized posession of hers.
4. When Atticus asks Scout about the blanket around her shoulders, what does Jem realize?
Jem realizes that Boo Radley may not be so harmful after all.
5. Explain what Atticus means by telling Jem not to let his discovery “inspire ” him to “further glory”? Is there any reason why Jem might now do as his father says?
He might now do as his father says, because between the gifts, and the blanket, Boo is looking less like a monster every day.


Chapter 9
1. 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?
Atticus seems iffy about defending Tom. At this point in time, it is extremely unusual for white lawyers to go out of thier way for black clients.
2. Scout and Jem have “mixed feelings” about Christmas? What are these feelings and why?
They have mixed feelings because they have to go visit their Aunt Alexander, and Cousin Francis, neither of which they're fond of.
3. Uncle Jack Finch tells Scout that she is growing out of her pants. What does this mean and why might he say it?
It means that she is growing up. He says it because he thinks that it is time she should stop cussing, wearing boys clothes, and try to mature a little.
4. When Francis talks to Scout he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this?
Francis tells Scout that Aunt Alexandra disapproves of the way Atticus lets them run wild, and says that he is a disgrace to the family for defending a Negro. This reveals that she is racist, and therefore has a closed mind.
5. Does Scout learn anything from overhearing Atticus's conversation with Uncle Jack? What might this be?
She learns that Atticus wants them to be open minded, and get through the current events in town without becoming bitter, and turning out like everyone else (being racist, gossips, etc.)
6. Read the final sentence of this chapter. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might be important in the story.

''But I never figured out how Atticus knew I was listening, and it was not until many years later that I realized he wanted me to hear every word he said.''
It means that he wanted to let her know what was going on the town, but keep her head. He wanted Scout to understand that the world is an imperfect place, but that doesn't mean she had to join in everyone's mindless hate and murder, and that she could be her own person in it. It is important to the story, because it's clear that later on, Jem and Scout are going to exposed to a lot, and they will have make their own choices.

Chapter 10
1. 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 that this is her view when she was younger. After learning about Atticus' past at the end of the chapter, her opinion is changed.
2. In this chapter Atticus tells his children that “it's a sin to kill a mockingbird”. What reason does he give for saying this?
He does not want them killing mockingbirds, because they don't do anything but make music for the world. They are not destructive annoyances, and they should be able to live.
3. Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?
Heck Tate does not want to shoot him, because he can't shoot well, and could hit the Radley house.
4. 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?
I think Heck was going to tell them what a top shooter Atticus used to be. Atticus cut him off because he probably didn't want Jem and Scout to know that used to partake in that sort of thing.
5. 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?

Scout wants to tell the world of her father's talent, and Jem wants to keep it between them. I tend to agree with Jem - there's so much talk about Atticus already, and it just would have just caused more gossip, and more teasing from their classmates.

Chapter 11
1. How does Atticus advise Jem to react to Mrs. Dubose's taunts?
He advises them to ignore her taunts and get on with their day.
2. What does Mrs. Dubose say about the children's mother? How does Jem feel about this?
She says that ''a lovelier lady never lived'', and it's a shame how Atticus never remarried, and let them run wild. Jem is outraged at this comment.
3. What request does Mrs. Dubose make of Jem? Is this a fair punishment for his “crime”?
She asks him to read to her everyday for a month. I think this is fair - he did destroy her yard, and there's a lot worse she could've requested of him.
4. Explain in your own words what Atticus thinks of insults like “nigger-lover”. How far do you agree with him?
Atticus thinks that they are simple expressions for common minded, trashy people. I agree with him - insults like that are usually used by small minded people who can't think of anything more intelligent.
5. Why, in Atticus's view, was Mrs. Dubose “a great lady”?
Mrs Dubose was a great lady because she decided to quit her morphine addiction in the last year of her life, and brave through her disease.
6. 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?

Atticus means that someone who actually uses their courage, and determination to get through something is more respectable than someone who uses violence. He is right because she is a lady that struggled through something, and still wanted to beat out her demons in her last days.
7. 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.
Harper Lee chooses to end the first part here because the book moves on to new topics ( the trial).

Chapter 12


1. Comment on Jem's and Scout's visit to First Purchase church.
They learn about the Negro way of life, and their father's good reputation with the black community.
2. What new things does Scout learn here about how the black people live?
She learns that while they are very poor, they are nice and accepting of white people, and smart and well mannered.
3. What does Scout learn from Calpurnia's account of Zeebo's education?
She learns that Calpuria came from the Landing, and that she read and wrote a lot, hence giving her a good grasp of the English language.
4. Explain why Calpurnia speaks differently in the Finch household, and among her neighbours at church.

She wants to fit in with her neighbors, and she feels that it would be rude to display their knowledge.

Chapter 13
1. Why does Aunt Alexandra come to stay with Atticus and his family? What is she like?
Aunt Alexandra comes so the children can grow up with a female in the house. She quickly makes herself at home and gets involved with every activity in the town.
2. Read the first two things Aunt Alexandra says when she comes to the Finch home: "Put my bag in the front bedroom, Calpurnia" and "Jean Louise, stop scratching your head". Are these typical of her or not?
These are extremely typical of her, she has always been an outspoken and bossy person.
3. Alexandra thinks Scout is “dull” (not clever). Why does she think this, and is she right? Are all adults good at knowing how clever young people are?
She thinks this because Scout is sluggish. She isn't right; Scout is always out playing, and making adventure for herself. I don't think all adults are good at knowing how intelligent children are, because some children are smart at school, but confused streetwise, and vice versa. Also, some children are good at certain things, but struggle at others. No one is completely stupid, we all have our own ways, thoughts, and talents.
4. How does Aunt Alexandra involve herself in Maycomb's social life?
Aunt Alexandra makes friends with all the neighborhood, and joins the Amanuensis Club.
5. Comment on Aunt Alexandra's ideas about breeding and family. Why does Atticus tell them to forget it? Who is right, do you think?

Aunt Alexandra is obsessed with heredity, and long family lines. Atticus tells them to forget it because he doesn't think it's worth it for them to stress themselves out about their heritage, and putting on airs. I agree with Atticus; Jem and Scout are good people, and don't cause a lot of trouble, and they don't need to change their ways and act fake because of their family heritage.


Chapter 14
1. Comment on Atticus's explanation of rape. How suitable is this as an answer to Scout.
He explains it in a very vague way, using vocabulary that no nine year old would ever understand, which is why Scout thinks it's nothing. It is an unsuitable answer.
2. Why does Alexandra think Atticus should dismiss Calpurnia? How does Atticus respond to the suggestion?
She thinks that Calpurnia is no longer needed, since she is now the ''female'' of the house. Atticus tells her that Calpurnia is an important member of the family, the children love, and she is not going anywhere.
3. Why is Scout pleased when Jem fights her back? Why is she less pleased when he tells Atticus about Dill?
Scout is pleased when Jem fights her back because she feels like his equal. She is less pleased when Jem tells Atticus about Dill because she is worried he will have to leave
4. What do we learn from Dill's account of his running away?

Dill has stolen money, walked, and rode trains all the way from Meridian. He left because his new father was abusive and chained him to the wall.

Chapter 15
1. What is the “nightmare” that now descends upon the children?
It is the hectic chaos that is the trial.
2. What was (and is) the Ku Klux Klan? What do you think of Atticus's comment"The Ku Klux/'s gone. It'll never come back."
The Ku Klux Klan is a goup of white supremacists that commit violent crimes against Black people, certain religion, and other minorities. I think Atticus' comment was wishful thinking, because 40 years later, they are still around.
3. How does Jem react when Atticus tells him to go home, and why?
Jem very defiantly tells Attticus he is staying, because he is worried the men will hurt Atticus.
4. What persuades the lynching-party to give up their attempt on Tom's life?
5. Comment on the way Scout affects events without realizing it at the time.

When talking to Mr. Cunningham, Scout was making idle conversation. Little did she know her words had a calming effect on everyone.


Chapter 16
1. What “subtle change” does Scout notice in her father?
She notices that he is slowly getting more irritated with Aunt Alexandra.
2. What sort of person is Dolphus Raymond?
He sounds like a nice and accepting person, but also one who has made some bad choices (i.e. the drinking).
3. How does Reverend Sykes help the children see and hear the trial? Is he right to do?
He lets them go sit on the balcony with him. I think he is right to do so, he probably figured the children wouldn't understand, and their father is in it.
4. Comment on Judge Taylor's attitude to his job. Does he take the trial seriously or not?

He takes the trial seriously, I think. He has a keen eye for the law, and works hard. He is, however, overly casual in the courtroom.


Chapter 17
1. What are the main points in Heck Tate's evidence? What does Atticus show in his [[javascript: {alert(' Asking questions of a witness who has given evidence for the other side ')}|cross-examination]] of Sheriff Tate?
Heck Tate tells the judge Bob came to his door, claiming a ''Negro'' raped his daughter. He came back to find Mayella beat up on the floor. She claims Tom did it. Heck brings back Tom, and Mayella says it was him. Heck took Tom down to the jail.
2. What do we learn indirectly of the home life of the Ewell family in this chapter?
We learn that they live in a ragged old house, and have no mother. They are very poor, and Bob spends most of their checks on alcohol. There is evident to him being abusive.
3. What do you learn from Bob Ewell's evidence?
Bob tells the judge that he saw Tom punch and choke Mayella before raping her.
4. Why does Atticus ask Bob Ewell to write out his name? What does the jury see when he does this?
He wants to see what hand he uses. The jury finds out he uses the left.



Chapter 18
1. Is Mayella like her father or different from him? In what ways?
Mayella is like her father in her temper, and mannerisms, but she is different as well. I sense her having a softer side, and she takes better care of her hygiene than him,
2. What might be the reason for Mayella's crying in the court?
Mayella might be crying because all of her evidence is being proved wrong ,and she is backed into a corner.
3. How does Mayella react to Atticus's politeness? Is she used to people being polite?
Mayella thinks Atticus is mocking her, because she is not used to politeness.
4. How well does Mr. Gilmer prove Tom's guilt in the eyes of the reader (you) and in the eyes of the jury? Can you suggest why these might be different?

Mr. Gilmer does nothing to prove Tom's guilt in my opinion. The audience thinks that he is proving Tom guilty. I think they are different because we are both rooting for different people.

Chapter 19
1. What made Tom visit the Ewell's house in the first place?
Mayella had asked him to fix a door.
2. Why does Scout think that Mayella Ewell was “the loneliest person in the world”?
Scout thinks this because Mayella has no friends, and she is rude to people who are nice to her, simply because she doesn't know what being nice is.
3. In your own words explain Mayella's relationship with her father.
Mayella seems to love her father, but he doesn't appear to take good care of her and her siblings. Bob is also abusive, and has never shown them proper care.
4. How does Dill react to this part of the trial? Why is this, in your opinion?
He runs out crying. I think it was because he was seeing all the evil and bigotry in the world for the very first time, directly in front of him, and he couldn't take it.



Chapter 20
1. Scout says that “Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man”. Is she right?
She isn't right. He is a good man who did something uncommon, and is therefore looked upon as ''bad''.
2. In most states of the USA people who drink alcohol in public places are required to hide their bottle in a paper bag. Why does Dolphus Raymond hide Coca-Cola in a bag?
He figures that everyone has a bad enough opinion of him, so he just gives them the impression he's a drunk.
3. What, according to Atticus, is the thing that Mayella has done wrong?
She has taken her own actions that she couldn't deal with, and blamed it on Tom.
Explain, in your own words, Atticus's views on people's being equal.

He is saying that people have negative feelings about one race, make others feel inferior, and it is passed down through the family line, and how court tries to recognize equality and the human traits in all of us.

Chapter 21
1. What does Jem expect the verdict to be? Does Atticus think the same?
Jem expects Tom to be forgiven. I think Atticus knows deep down inside that Tom will lose.
2. What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict predictable or not?
It took them hours, which is unusual. The verdict is very predictable.
3. As Scout waits for the verdict, she thinks of earlier events. What are these and how do they remind us of the novel's central themes?
She thinks of Jem telling her about a mind power trick. It reminds her of the central theme of the novel that if we all gave up our negative views, and thought with a more open mind, things would be so different, and changed for the better.


Chapter 22
1. Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what has happened. Explain, in your own words, Atticus's reasons for this. (Look at the speech beginning, “This is their home, sister”.
He wants them to see what has become of Maycomb society. he figures his children are going to gorw up here, so they might as well see the true nature of the town.
2. Miss Maudie tells Jem that “things are never as bad as they seem”. What reasons does she give for this view?
She tells him that there are men in the world who have to do unpleasant jobs, and their father is one of them. She then tells him they are lucky to have him.
3. Why does Dill say that he will be a clown when he grows up? Do you think he would keep this ambition for long?
He says that the only thing he can do about society is laugh, which is why he wants to be a clown. I think he will eventually grow up and realize that there is more he can do. He's very young and his goals will change throughout life.
4. This story is set in the 1930s but was published in 1960. Have attitudes to racism remained the same (in the USA and the UK) or have there been any changes (for the better or worse) since then, in your view?
I think that things have changed for the better, for the most part. There is no more segregation, and racism is looked at as a flaw. Still, black people fight for their rights every day, and there will always be close minded people.
5. Why does Bob Ewell feel so angry with Atticus? Do you think his threat is a real one, and how might he try to “get” Atticus?

I think that Bob Ewell's threat could very well be real. He seems like a violent person who has very little control over himself. I think that he will either try to shoot or beat up Atticus.


Chapter 23
1. What do you think of Atticus's reaction to Bob Ewell's challenge? Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?
I think that Atticus responded in a clever way. He simply shrugged it off, and walked on. Knowing Bob's temper, it would have been a bad move to threaten him.
2. What is “circumstantial evidence”? What has it got to do with Tom's conviction?
Circumstantial evidence is evidence in which may allow a judge or jury to deduce a certain fact from which other facts have been proven. This is relevant to Tom's case because the jury kept ignoring certain facts that made it evident he was innocent.
3. What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom?
He says that it is because men carried their racism into the courtroom, but don't want the world to think badly of them. They were caught in a moral dilemma.
4. Why does Aunt Alexandra accept that the Cunninghams may be good but are not “our kind of folks”? Do you think that people should mix only with others of the same social class? Are class-divisions good or bad for societies?
She thinks that because they're poor, they are not worthy of people with a household name like the Finchs. I think that people should interact with whoever they want (within reason), and try to have a variety of people in their life. Class divisions aren't good for society, because they give certain people bad attitudes towards others, and close people's minds.
5. At the end of this chapter, Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley has never left his house in years. What is this? How likely is it to be true, in your opinion?
Jem says that Boo Radley maybe stayed inside all these years as a personal choice. It may be true - there is terrible mindset, plus a lot of activity now, in Maycomb, and maybe Boo just finds it better to sit it all out.


Chapter 24
1. Do you think the missionary ladies are sincere in worrying about the “Mrunas” (a tribe in Africa)? Give reasons for your answer.
I think that they are. They are discussing it in detail and considering their own society in comparasion.
2. Compare the reactions of Miss Maudie and the other ladies when Scout says she is wearing her “britches” under her dress.
Miss Maudie seems shocked at Scout, but the rest of the ladies find it humorous.
3. What is your opinion of the Maycomb ladies, as depicted in this chapter?
They all seem to be a diverse group of ladies who are mostly kind hearted, but can be opinionated gossips sometimes.
4. Explain briefly how Tom was killed. What is Atticus's explanation for Tom's attempted escape. Do you think agree with Atticus?
Tom was trying to escape. He was shot seventeen times. He says that ''Tom was sick of white man's chances and wanted make his own''. I agree. He had lived under nothing but law enforcement for a while, being treated with disrespect, and locked up. He wanted to free himself while he saw the opportunity.
How, in this chapter, do we see Aunt Alexandra in a new light? How does Miss Maudie support her?
We see her behaving in a sensitive, and caring light, even saying that she supports Atticus - he is, after all, her brother. Miss Maudie becomes blunt and crisp towards Aunt Alexandra.



Chapter 25
1. How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom's death?
It is all people can discuss for two days, but the hype slowly fades.
2. Comment on the idea that Tom's death was “typical”?
Hi death was typical - he tried to escape, and he got killed doing it. It happens every day in prisons all around the world.
3. Explain the contrast Scout draws between the court where Tom was tried and “the secret courts of men's hearts”. In what way are hearts like courts?
Heart are like courts because hearts have several factors in controlling our actions. We are often caught between good and evil - what are body wants and what our heart wants.
Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell's [[javascript: {alert(' /'One down and about two more to go/' ')}|comment]]? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do?
I don't think it was - Bob seems more violent with every passing chapter, and he could be serious.


Chapter 26
1. In her lesson on Hitler, Miss Gates says that “we (American people) don't believe in persecuting anyone”. What seems odd to the reader about this claim?
It's odd because they live in a society where black people can be killed for something as simple as not saying please, and are hated simply because of their skin color.
2. Why is Scout puzzled by Miss Gates' disapproval of Hitler?
She doesn't get exactly what he has done, or why he deserves such hatred.
3. Why does Scout's question upset Jem? Is there a simple answer, or any answer, to the question (“How can you hate Hitler an’ then turn around an be ugly about folks right at home?”
There is an answer. We simply don't know that we're being nice, cruel, or rude to anyone when we are doing it. We can't observe our actions through other people's eyes and they are left up to the other person's interpretation.


Chapter 27
1. What three things does Bob Ewell do that alarm Aunt Alexandra?
He gets and loses a job in less than three weeks, he harasses Tom's widow, Helen, and he threatened her boss, Link Deas.
2. Why, according to Atticus, does Bob Ewell bear a grudge? Which people does Ewell see as his enemies, and why?
He bears a grudge because he went into court, thinking he was a hero. Instead, no one believed him, and he became old news. He sees Helen Robinson, and Judge Taylor as his enemies, Helen because she is Tom's wife, and Judge Taylor because he mocked him in court.
3. What was the purpose of the Halloween pageant? What practical joke had persuaded the grown ups to have an organized event?
The purpose of the event is to keep things under control on Halloween night. Last Halloween, some children snuck into the Barber ladies' house and hid all their furniture in the cellar.


Chapter 28
1. Comment on the way this chapter reminds the reader of earlier events in the novel.
It reminds the reader of earlier events because we are reintroducing the teasing kids at school, and Boo Radley, both from Part One.
2. Why does Jem say that Boo Radley must not be at home? What is ironic about this? (Is it true? Does he really mean it? Why might it be important for him and Scout that Boo should not be at home?)
He says it because all the birds are out around his place. It is ironic because Boo is known as a recluse and they are talking about him hiding away from all the chaos a few chapters earlier. It is true, and I think he does mean it. It is important for Boo Radley to not be at home because he will help them out, and show his true self.
3. Scout decides to keep her costume on while walking home. How does this affect her understanding of what happens on the way?
Her costume saves her life, but it also gets her caught up in it, and prevents her from seeing exactly what's happening.
4. Why had Atticus not brought a chair for the man in the corner? Who might this stranger be?

Atticus thinks that the man is more comfortable there. The stranger could be Boo Radley, Mayella Ewell, or Walter Cunningham.



Chapter 29
1. What causes the “shiny clean line” on the otherwise “dull wire” of Scout's costume?
The shiny clean line is paint Mr Crenshaw painted on when he made Scout's costume.
2. What explanation does Atticus give for Bob Ewell's attack?
Atticus claims that Bob was crazy.
3. What does Heck Tate give as the reason for the attack?
Heck Tate thinks that Bob is just a nasty alcoholic.
4. Do you think the sheriff's explanation or Atticus's is the more likely to be true?

I think that Heck's explanation is more likely to be true. Bob didn't seem crazy, he just seemed like someone that had nothing, had lost what little he had, and was taking it out on everyone.

Chapter 30
1. Who does Atticus think caused Bob Ewell's death?
Atticus thinks that in a frantic state, Jem stabbed Bob.
2. Why does Heck Tate insist that Bob Ewell's death was self-inflicted? In what way is this partly true?
Heck insists that Bob was drunk and fell on his knife. It is true in a way, because when him and Boo were scuffling, it could have somehow stabbed him.
3. Is Heck Tate right to spare Boo then publicity of an inquest? Give reasons for your answer.
I think he is. He probably figures that is hard enough for Boo Radley to be out of the house for the first time in twenty five years.
4. How does the writer handle the appearance, at the end of the story, of Boo Radley?

Harper Lee introduces Boo as sort of a hero. I personally like how he doesn't say very much, which leaves his actual personality up to the interpretation of the reader.

Chapter 31
1. How do the events of the final chapters explain the first sentence in the whole novel?
In the first sentence, Scout talks about Jem breaking his arm. The events of the final chapters summarize exactly how that arm got broken, something else she states in the first page.
2. Comment on the way the writer summarizes earlier events to show their significance.
In the last chapter, Harper Lee ties up Bob Ewell's threat, Boo Radley, and the reference to Jem's arm in the very first sentence. It's wonderful how she remembers all things things throughout the novel, and how they all play a part in the conclusion.
3. How does Scout make sense of an earlier remark of Atticus's as she stands on the Radley porch?
Scout, for a kid, understands the true meaning of the saying. She reflects on their actions over the years through Boo's eyes, and says that she stood in Boo's shoes just by standing on his porch.
4. How much of a surprise is it fo find what Boo Radley is really like? Has the story before this point prepared the reader for this discovery?
It is a surprise and it isn't. Throughout the story, Boo Radley is gradually seen as a nicer person. He disappears for almost the entirety of Part Two. There is a great deal of foreshadowing as to whether the rumors are true or not, but it becomes clear he will have a role in the tying together of all the events in the novel.
5. At the end of the novel, Atticus reads to Scout. Comment on his choice of story. Does it have any connection with themes earlier in the novel and in its ending?
Atticus reads ''The Grey Ghost''. One of the characters in the story is thought to do things that he hasn't, but at the end, we discover he is nice, which is exactly the story of Boo Radley. It was clever of Harper Lee to put in that at the ending, as for the story seems to be a symbol of sorts, and connects the story.