Scout says that “Mr. Dolphus Raymond was an evil man”. Is she right? He is not evil; he is simply misunderstood and has received a bad reputation because society doesn’t understand his choices. • 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 wants people to think he is drunk because it gives them a reason for his behavior. • What, according to Atticus, is the thing that Mayella has done wrong?
She tempted a black man in a society that doesn’t allow that. • Explain, in your own words, Atticus’s views on people’s being equal. We are not born equal. Chapter 21 • What does Jem expect the verdict to be? Does Atticus think the same? Jem expect Tom to be innocent, but Atticus doesn’t thinks so. • What is unusual about how long it takes the jury to reach a verdict? Is the verdict predictable or not? A black man accused of assaulting a white woman would be convicted quickly. The delay shows that they actually thought about the conviction.
The verdict is a bit predictable because of the setting of the book. • 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 about Atticus shooting the dog, Tim Johnson. The only difference is that this time Atticus doesn’t have any bullets to defend himself. Chapter 22 • 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”. Atticus thinks that the grown people made the world they way it is today. Kids have learn to live in the world. • Miss Maudie tells Jem that “things are never as bad as they seem”. What reasons does she give for this view? Maudie names all the people who helped Tom Robinson. • 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 wants to laugh at people all the time. I think he will keep his ambition. • 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 things are a lil better they are not as bad as they were back then. • 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? Bob feels that Atticus made him look bad. Chapter 23 • What do you think of Atticus’s reaction to Bob Ewell’s challenge? He did the right thing and walked away. Should he have ignored Bob, retaliated or done something else?
Yes he should have ignored Bob because he was looking for a fight and Atticus didn’t give it to him. • What is “circumstantial evidence”? What has it got to do with Tom’s conviction? Its evidence that doesn’t really prove guilt. He conviction was bad on circumstantial evidence. • What does Atticus tell Scout about why the jury took so long to convict Tom? Atticus tells Scout that Cunningham was on the jury and didn’t wont to convict. The jury had to think about the conviction before they did it. • 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? Aunt Alexandra tells Scout they are people you don’t want to mix with because they are lower class. No I think you should be able to socialize with whom ever you want. I think they are bad. • 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? He doesn’t leave the house because he chooses not to.
Its true because he’s comfortable. Chapter 24 • Do you think the missionary ladies are sincere in worrying about the “Mrunas” (a tribe in Africa)? Give reasons for your answer. No they are not sincere. They start gossiping about something else. • Compare the reactions of Miss Maudie and the other ladies when Scout says she is wearing her “britches” under her dress. Miss Maudie takes Scout seriously and only laughs at Scout when she intends to be funny. The other ladies choose to make fun of Scout. • What is your opinion of the Maycomb ladies, as depicted in this chapter?
I think they talk entirely too much. • Explain briefly how Tom was killed. What is Atticus’s explanation for Tom’s attempted escape. Do you think agree with Atticus? He was shot trying to escape. He was tried of the white man telling him how his future is going to be. I agree with Atticus • How, in this chapter, do we see Aunt Alexandra in a new light? How does Miss Maudie support her? She’s concerned about Atticus and Tom. Maudie talks to her and gets her back to the meetings. Chapter 25 • How does Maycomb react to the news of Tom’s death?
They talk about it for a few days and that’s it. • Comment on the idea that Tom’s death was “typical”? It show how rascist their society is. • 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? In a real court everyone should have a fair trial. People hearts are dictated by feelings not law. • Why did Jem not want Scout to tell Atticus about Bob Ewell’s comment? Was this a wise thing to ask her to do? Jem didn’t want Atticus to worry, yes it was a wise thing.