Our narrator is Scout, a girl who will grow from age 6 to almost 9 during the story. What do you suppose we, as the readers, should be aware of as we listen to Scout tell her story? Is a child a reliable or unreliable narrator? Defend your answer.
We as readers should listen to the way Scout talks and the language that she uses. She is an unreliable narrator because she is still a child and although she is very literate, she still has the perspective of a child and connot comprehend situations the same as an adult would.
Jem and Scout call their father by his first name, Atticus, instead of calling him “Dad” or “Daddy.” What does this tell you about their relationship?
Jem and Scout call their father by his first name, Atticus, because they want to treat him like the professional that he is. Their father is also more of a business man than a person that is “warm and fuzzy”.
We all know that the setting of this story will be Maycomb, Alabama, a sleepy southern town that’s a little rough around the edges. What’s the time period of this story? Give evidence to support your conclusion about the time period of this novel.
The time period of this story is the Great Depression. I can tell because they mention the movie Dracula, and Dracula was released in the 1930’s.
Dill, the children’s neighbor during the summer, is described as “a pocket Merlin, whose head teemed with eccentric plans, strange longings, and quaint fancies.” What does this mean?
This means that Dill is a rather strange and small person. He is into fiction and make-believe. He likes pretending and doing things the old fashioned way.
Who are the Radley’s Describe their house and yard.
The Radley’s are the neighbors and their house is very creepy, dirty, and not well kept. The nickname for one of the Radley’s is “Boo” because he is so scary.
Who were the Cunningham boys and what happened to them? What’s the irony here?
The Cunningham boys were a group Boo Radley ran around with and they all got in trouble together. The irony is that the Cunningham boys were forced to go to industrial school but Boo’s dad wouldn’t let him go. The Cunningham boys got a good education and were reformed. Boo didn’t ever get to leave the house.
According to Jem, how do you get a turtle to come out of its shell? In what way might this idea be an apt parallel to get people to do what they don’t want to do? Give a real-world example to support your answer
According to Jem, you make a turtle come out of its shell by striking a match under it. This may be parallel to get people to do what they don’t want to do because when the turtle senses fire near its house, it has to come out in order to avoid it. The same goes for people. Even if we don’t want to do something, we might have to because it’s the only choice without something bad happening.
Find a simile from this chapter and write down the sentence in which it appears.
“Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum.”