Monday, October 27, 2008


Reminder #1: The unit exam is on Wednesday. Please bring your study packet to class on Tuesday.

Reminder #2: You need to be reading the new book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Ch. 1-3 are due Thursday. Here are the questions.

Chapter 1
  • What do you learn in this chapter about Maycomb, Atticus Finch and his family?
  • What do you learn about Dill's character?
  • What, briefly, has happened to Arthur “Boo” Radley.
  • Why does the Radley place fascinate Scout, Jem and Dill?
  • What do you notice about the narrative voice and viewpoint in the novel?
Chapter 2
  • Why is Scout so looking forward to starting school?
  • Why does Jem not want anything to do with Scout at school? Is his behaviour typical of an older child?
  • 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?
Chapter 3
  • Who is Calpurnia? What is her place in the Finch household?
  • What is Walter Cunningham like? What does his behaviour during lunch suggest about his home life?
  • What do you think of the way Atticus treats Walter?
  • Does Scout learn anything from Walter's visit? What do you think this is?
  • 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!)
  • What do you learn in this chapter about the Ewells?

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