Questions on To Kill a Mockingbird
Part Two, Chapters 12-21

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Chapter 12 Questions ("a modest double life")

  1. How old is Jem at the beginning of Part Two? (p. 115)
  1. Write two adjectives that describe why Scout thinks Jem is difficult to live with. (p. 115)
  1. What does Calpurnia start calling Jem? (p. 115)
  1. Why does Cal call him that?
  1. Whose snapshot does Dill send in his letter? (p. 116)
  1. Why isn't Dill coming to Maycomb this summer? (p. 116)
  1. Where does Calpurnia take the children on Sunday? (p. 117)
  1. What preparations do they make Saturday night and Sunday morning?
  1. What does Calpurnia use to polish Scout's shoes? (p. 118)
  1. Why is the church called First Purchase? (p. 118)
  1. How is the cemetery decorated? (p. 118)
  1. What products do the people in the congregation use when they get cleaned up for church? (p. 118) (The Economist in your group will explain them to you.)

BONUS: Number the following events in the order in which they happen in the church service.
Note that some happen twice. (pp. 120-123)

  _____ announcements
  _____ collection (offering)
  _____ hymn
  _____ prayer
  _____ sermon
  1. How much money does Rev. Sykes want to collect? (pp. 122-124)
  1. Who is the money for?
  1. Why does the person need money?
  1. How does Rev. Sykes get the money?
  1. What is linin' (lining)? (pp. 124-125)
  1. Who leads the lining?
  1. Why doesn't the congregation use hymnbooks? (p. 124)
  1. Who taught Calpurnia to read? (p. 124)
    1. Atticus
    2. Miss Maudie
    3. Miss Maudie's aunt
    4. Calpurnia's son
  1. Why does Calpurnia lead a double life, speaking "two languages"? (pp. 125-126)
  1. Who is waiting for them on the porch when they come home from church? (p. 126)
  1. How long is the person going to stay? (p. 127)

Chapter 13 Questions ("streaks")

  1. Name the kinds of "streaks" people in Maycomb have? (pp. 129-130)
  2.   (a)





  1. How many generations has the Ewell family lived in Macomb? (p. 130)
  1. How do the Ewells survive「生き残る」?

Chapter 14 Questions ("from rape to riot to runaways")

  1. How does Atticus define "rape" to Scout when she asks what it means? (p. 135)
  1. Why does Atticus give Scout a purely legal definition of rape?
  1. Scout asks if she can visit Calpurnia's house. Who says, "You may not."? (p. 136)
  1. Jem says, "They've been fussing「揉め事」." Who is he talking about? (p. 137)
  1. What are they fussing about?
  1. Jem and Scout have a fist-fight「殴り合い」that becomes a brawl「毆」. (p. 138)
    What are they fighting about?
  1. Scout thinks there is a snake under her bed. What is it? (p. 139)
  1. Dill doesn't exactly lie, but he exaggerates「大げさに言う」. Which of the following is NOT an exaggeration? (p. 140)
    1. He was bound in chains and left to die in the basement by his new father.
    2. He was kept alive on raw peas by a passing farmer.
    3. He escaped and joined an animal show where he had to wash the camel.
    4. He stole money from his mother and took the train from Mississippi to Alabama.
  1. Scout says, "Jem broke the remaining code of our childhood." What is that code? (p. 141)
  1. What does the author use to show sentences grown-ups「大人」 are always using? (pp. 142-143)
  1. Where does Dill think babies come from?
  1. Where does Scout think babies come from?

Chapter 15 Questions ("the Klan")

  1. Some men come to the Finch's house. What are the two reasons grown men in Maycomb stand outside in the front yard? (p. 135)
  1. Atticus tells one of the men, "That boy is going to the chair."
    Who is he talking about?
  1. What does "going to the chair" mean?
  1. What is the dangerous question that Atticus asks? (p. 146)
  1. Why does Scout call it dangerous?
  1. What is the Ku Klux Klan? (The Historian in your group will explain it to you.)
  1. What minority groups is the KKK against? [Name three, if possible.]
  1. What does the KKK sometimes do to people in groups they are against?
  1. What are Atticus's peculiarities? (p. 148) [Name four.]
  1. What is strange about Atticus's actions this evening?
  1. Where do the children go at night? (pp. 149-150)
    1. Dill's house
    2. Mrs. Dubose's house
    3. The courthouse square
    4. The Maycomb Bank building
  1. Where do the children find Atticus? (pp. 150-151)
  1. What is he doing?
  1. Who comes to the jail? (p. 151)
  1. When one of the men asks, "He in there, Mr. Finch?" Atticus answers, "He is, and he's asleep." Who are they talking about? (p. 151)
  1. Heck Tate, the sheriff, and his bunch are not there because the men sent them "off on a snipe hunt." (p. 151) Usually a snipe hunt is thought of as a game for children (see Snipe Hunt). However, what do these men mean?
    1. He is going to shoot some snipe.
    2. He is going to kill Tom Robinson.
    3. He is not going to be able to help Tom.
    4. He is a member of the KKK.
  1. What question does Atticus ask for the second time? (p. 152)
  1. Scout pushes her way through the crowd of men to greet Atticus. She thinks he'll "have a fine surprise," but what does his face show? (p. 152)
  1. Why does Scout feel embarrassed?
  1. What is unusual about how the men are dressed? (p. 153)
  1. Whose familiar face does Scout find? (p. 153)
  1. Scout says that "Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in, not about what you were interested in." What does she talk to the man about? (p. 153-154)
  1. Is it polite?
  1. What does the man finally say to Scout? (p. 154)
  1. Who was watching everything from his window? (p. 155)

Scene at Jail

  1. What is the one gesture of affection that Atticus uses towards his children on the night they face the mob outside the jail?
    1. He massages Jem's hair.
    2. He holds them both by the hand.
    3. He kisses Scout on the top of her head.
    4. He pats Jem on the back.

Chapter 16 Questions ("a Roman carnival")

  1. How does Dill exaggerate again about what happened in front of the jail? (p. 158)
  1. Scout says "It was like Saturday" because everyone is going into town.
    Name 3 kinds of transportation they use. (pp. 158-159)
  2.   (a)



  1. Why is everyone going into town?
  1. Why is Miss Maudie not going to the court? (p. 159)
  1. Where does Miss Stephanie say she's going? (p. 160)
  1. What is a mixed child? (p. 161)
  1. What is sad about mixed children?
  1. According to Jem, what defines a black person? (p. 162)
  1. Who are the members of The Idlers' Club? (p. 163)
  1. What does Scout learn about her father from The Idlers? (p. 163)
  1. How does this news "put a different light on things"?
  1. Who helps the children get seats in the courtroom? (p. 164)
  1. Exactly where do the children sit? in the courtroom

Kids in Courtroom

  1. Scout says that Judge Taylor "ran his court with an alarming informality." In what are Judge Taylor's actions informal? (p. 165)
  1. What is the judge’s particularly interesting habit?
    1. He gave the impression of dozing, especially after dinner.
    2. He permitted smoking in his courtroom.
    3. He threw the Cunningham case out of court.
    4. He put a cigar in his mouth and munched it but did not smoke it.

Chapter 17 Questions ("cross-examination")

  1. Number the witnesses in the order in which they appear at the trial (in Chapters 17 & 18):
  _____ Hector Tate
  _____ Bob Ewell
  _____ Tom Robinson
  _____ Mayella Ewell
  1. Tom Robinson is accused of "taking advantage of" Mayella and rutting on her.
    What do those terms mean?
  1. Which is a euphemism「美称」?
  1. Which upsets the people in the courthouse?
  1. Tom is also accused of which of the following? (pp. 167, 169, 185)
    [Choose more than one answer.]
    1. beating Mayella
    2. strangling and choking「首を絞める」Mayella
    3. raising a racket「騒ぐ」
    4. stealing from Mayella
  1. What is Atticus's first question on cross-examination of Sheriff Tate? (p. 167)
  1. What is Atticus's first question on cross-examination of Bob Ewell? (p. 175)
  1. When Sheriff Tate talks about Mayella's black eye, what is Atticus's question? (p. 168)
  1. Why does Scout think the trial is a "grave disappointment"? (p. 169)
  1. What object in the Ewells' yard "bewildered「惑わす」Maycomb"? (p. 170)
    1. a Model-T Ford (on blocks)
    2. a discarded dentist's chair
    3. an ancient icebox
    4. red geraniums in chipped-enamel slop jars
  1. What does Atticus show the jury when he asks Bob Ewell to sign his name? (p. 177)
    1. that he can write
    2. that he is right-handed
    3. that he is left-handed
    4. that he is ambidextrous「両手利」
  1. When Jem whispers, "We've got him," Scout thinks he's "counting his chickens" 「捕らぬ狸の皮算用」. Why?

Chapter 18 Questions ("Miss Mayella")

  1. How does Mayella look different from her father with respect to "lavations" 「入浴」?
    1. Mayella bathes regularly.
    2. Mayella’s father bathes regularly.
    3. Mayella bathes once a year.
    4. Mayella’s father bathes once a year.
  1. Who does Mayella seem to be afraid of? (pp. 179-180)
  1. What is a chiffarobe? (p. 184)
  1. What does Mayella say she asked Tom Robinson to do? (p. 180)
  1. Mayella thinks Atticus is mocking her. What words does he use that make her think that? (pp. 181-182)
  1. How may sisters and brothers does Mayella have? (p. 182)
  1. Who is the oldest child in Mayella's family?
  1. Where is Mayella's mother?
  1. List what the jury learns about the Ewell family that shows they're poor: (p. 183)
  about their relief check:
  about their shoes:
  about their water:
  about being sick:
  about their education:
  1. Mayella says her relationship with her father is "tollable" (tolerable 「まずまず」 ) except when … She doesn't finish her sentence.
    What does Atticus think she was going to say?
  1. Atticus asks Mayella if her father ever beats her. What does she answer? (p. 184)
  1. Atticus asks Mayella if she remembers Tom Robinson beating her. What does she answer? (p. 185)
  1. Atticus repeats that Mayella has "testified that the defendant hit you, grabbed you around the neck, choked you, and took advantage of you." Then he ask Tom to stand up. What does everyone in the courtroom see?
  1. Atticus asks Mayella, "Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father? What does she answer? (p. 187)

Chapter 19 Questions ("a respectable Negro")

  1. How many witnesses does Atticus call for the defense?
  1. How has Tom gotten in trouble with the law before? (p. 190)
  1. What does Atticus ask Tom about this?
  1. When did Mayella ask Tom to break up the chiffarobe? (p. 191)
  1. What other chores did Mayella ask Tom to do? (p. 191)
  1. Did Tom get paid for his services? (p. 191) Why or why not?
  1. Scout compares Mayella with Boo. What does she think about both of them? (p. 191)
  1. Why does Scout think Mayella is as sad as a mixed child? (p. 192)
  1. According to Atticus, what is the way to tell whether a witness is lying or telling the truth? (p. 192)
  1. Which does Scout think Tom is doing and why?
  1. Where were her sisters and brothers on the day Mayella invited Tom into the house? (p. 193)
  1. What does Tom say Mayella did to him? (pp. 193-194)
  1. What did some people think was a sure sign of Tom's guilt? (p. 195)
  1. Who is Link Deas? (p. 195)
  1. What does Link Deas say about Tom?
  1. Does this help Tom's case?

  2. Why or why not?
  1. What are Mr. Gilmer's first questions for Tom about? (p. 196)
  1. What does Scout know about the questions Mr. Gilmer is asking Tom? (p. 196)
  1. What does Mr. Gilmer call Tom that shows disrespect「失敬」? (pp. 196-197)
  1. When Mr. Gilmer asks Tom about doing all the chopping and work "for not one penny," what does Tom say? (p. 197)
  1. When Mr. Gilmer asks Tom, "Then you say she's lying?", what is Tom's answer? (p. 197)
  1. Why does he give the same answer to the next 10 questions?
  1. Why do Scout and Dill leave the courtroom?
  1. Who else is outside?

Chapter 20 Questions ("the great leveler")

  1. What do people think is in the paper sack that Mr. Raymond is drinking from? (p. 200)
  1. What is in the paper sack that Mr. Raymond is drinking from? (p. 200)
  1. Why does he drink that? [Choose more than one.]
    1. It settles his stomach.
    2. It quiets him.
    3. He takes delight in corrupting children.
    4. It ruins his reputation.
  1. Scout says she likes Mr. Raymond's smell, which is of: (p. 200)
  2.   (a)



      BONUS: What do these smells tell about Mr. Raymond?
  1. Why do people think Mr. Raymond is sinful? (p. 201)
  1. What does Atticus say is the worst thing you can do? (p. 201)
  1. In the courtroom, Atticus does something that Scout has never seen him do in public or in private. What does he do? (p. 202)
  1. Why does he do it?
    1. He is hot.
    2. His clothes are too tight.
    3. He likes being informal.
    4. He wants to relax the jury.
  1. How does Atticus talk to the jury? (p. 203)
  1. What medical evidence is there that Tom committed a crime? (p. 203)
  1. Atticus calls Mayella a victim. A victim of what? (pp. 203-204)
  1. What is the code that Mayella broke? (pp. 203-204)
  1. What is the main proof that Bob Ewell beat Mayella, not Tom Robinson?
  1. While he is speaking, what else does Atticus do for the first time?
  1. What had Thomas Jefferson once said about all men? (p. 201)
  1. What is Atticus' opinion about what Thomas Jefferson said?
  1. Atticus says there is one institution that makes all men equal. What is that institution?
    1. schools
    2. marriage
    3. the courts
    4. churches
    5. prison (jail)
  1. How many women are there on the jury?
  1. Scout doesn't hear what Atticus says at the end. What does Jem tell her Atticus said?

Chapter 21 Questions ("Your father's passin'")

  1. Who wrote the note that Calpurnia gives to Atticus? (p. 206)
    1. Calpurnia herself
    2. Aunt Alexandra
    3. Bert, the court reporter
    4. Mr. Underwood
  1. What is Jem's opinion about the Tom Robinson case when he and Scout and Dill are sent home from the courtroom to get their supper? (p. 207)
    1. He is sure that Atticus has won the case.
    2. He is not sure who has won the case.
    3. He is sure that Atticus has lost the case.
    4. He hates Mr. Gilmer for the way he attacked Tom.
  1. When Atticus sees the children, he wants them to go home and stay. What does he finally agree to let them do? (p. 207)
  1. According to Jem, why is it possible Mayella wasn't raped? (p. 209)
  1. How long is the jury out?
    1. Until suppertime
    2. Until 8:00 p.m.
    3. Until 11:00 p.m.
    4. Until after 11:00 p.m.
  1. What does Scout notice about the jury when they return? (p. 211)
  1. How does the verdict affect Jem? (p. 211)
  1. One of the most famous lines from To Kill a Mockingbird is at the end of Chapter 21 when Rev. Sykes says, "Miss Jean Louse, stand up. Your father's passin'." Since Atticus lost the case, why do all the blacks stand up when he walks out of the courtroom?

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