Questions on To Kill a Mockingbird
Part Two, Chapters 22-31

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Chapter 22 Questions ("danger a'comin'")

  1. Who in the family seems the most upset by the verdict? (pp. 212, 215)
    1. Aunt Alexandra
    2. Atticus
    3. Calpurnia
    4. Jem
    5. Scout
  1. What do the black people in the town do to show their appreciation to Atticus? (p. 213)
  1. What is Atticus's reaction to what the black people bring? (p. 213)
  1. What is Miss Rachel's reaction to Atticus after the outcome of the trial? (p. 213)
  1. What is Miss Rachel's reaction to Dill's not coming home the night before? (p. 214)
  1. How does Dill exaggerate again? (p. 214)
  1. What does Miss Maudie say about Atticus to comfort Jem?
  1. Jem asks, "Who in this town did one thing to help Tom Robinson, just who?" (p. 215) What is Miss Maudie's answer?
  1. How does Miss Maudie think Judge Taylor helped Tom? (pp. 215-216)
  1. What does Dill say he wants to be when he grows up?
  1. Miss Rachel tells Dill to stay in the backyard because "There's danger a'comin'." What did Bob Ewell do to Atticus that made her say that? (p. 217)
    [Choose more than one answer.]
    1. hit Atticus
    2. swore at Atticus
    3. spat at Atticus
    4. told Atticus he'd get him

Chapter 23 Questions ("kinds of folks")

  1. What did Atticus say or do after Bob Ewell spat at him? (p. 217)
  1. What did Atticus say or do after Bob Ewell swore at him, asking him if he was "too proud to fight"? (p. 217)
  1. Why doesn't Atticus have a gun? (p. 217)
  1. How does Atticus explain the way Bob Ewell acted after the trial? (p. 219)
  1. What will happen to Tom Robinson unless the Governor commutes the sentence? (p. 220) Why? ? [The Politician in your group will explain "commute" and other legal terms in this chapter to you.]
  1. Why?
  1. What is Atticus's definition of "white trash"? (p. 220)
  1. How do some people get excused from jury duty? (p. 221)
  1. Which member of the jury wanted an acquittal? (p. 222)
  1. Why does Aunt Alexandra say that Scout can't play with Walter Cunningham? (pp. 223-225)
    [Choose more than one answer.]
    1. His family likes fiddling.
    2. He has a new suit.
    3. He will never be like Jem.
    4. His family has a drinking streak.
    5. He is not kin to them.
    6. He is trash.
  1. List the four kinds of folks in the world, according to Jem: (p. 226)
  2.   (a)




  1. Jem says, "Background doesn't mean Old Family." What does he think makes "Old Family"? (p. 226)
  1. What kind of folks are there, according to Scout? (p. 227)
  1. What does Jem begin to understand about why Boo Radley always stays shut up in his house? (p. 227)

Chapter 24 Questions("the Missionary Circle")

  1. Who does the hostess invite when the missionary circle meets are her home? (p. 229)
    1. the Baptist ladies
    2. the Presbyterian ladies
    3. the Methodist ladies
    4. all Protestant ladies
  1. What treats do the ladies eat at their circle meetings? (pp. 227-228, 237)
  1. What do the ladies wear to the circle meetings? (p. 229)
    What does Scout wear that identifies her as a lady?
  1. Scout overhears the ladies in the missionary circle say the following:
    "They had no sense of family.…they subjected children to terrible ordeals when they were thirteen; they were crawling with yaws and earworms.…The poverty . . . the darkness . . . the immorality." (pp. 228-231)

    Who are the ladies describing?
  1. Who is J. Grimes Everett? (p. 228)
    1. a lawyer at the trial
    2. a missionary
    3. a campground director
    4. a soldier
  1. According to Mrs. Merriweather, Mr. Everett said, "You have no conception … of what we are fighting over there." Where is "over there"? (p. 231)
  1. What musical instrument describes Mrs. Merriweather's talking, according to Scout? (p. 232)
  1. Who is Mrs. Farrow talking about when she says, "We can educate 'em till we're blue in the face, we can try to make Christians out of 'em, but there's no lady safe in her bed these nights"?
  1. Mrs. Merriweather says, "People up there set 'em free, but you don't see 'em settin' at the table with 'em." Where is "up there"? (p. 234)
Eleanor Roosevelt at Soup Kitchen
  1. Who does Mrs. Merriweather think are hypocrites「偽君子」?
  1. Who does Scout think are hypocrites?
  1. Who is Mrs. Roosevelt? (p. 234)
  1. Mrs. Roosevelt did a historic act when she visited Birmingham that made Mrs. Merriweather comment, “I think that woman’s just plain lost her mind” Who did Mrs. Roosevelt sit with? (p. 234)
  1. Why does Scout wish she were Governor of Alabama for a day? (p. 234)
  1. What bad news does Atticus bring home? (p. 235)
  1. How did it happen?
  1. Which of the ladies besides Aunt Alexandra hears the news? (p. 235)
  1. What do they tell the other ladies when they return to the diningroom? (p. 237)
  1. How does Scout show that she can act like a lady in this situation? (p. 237)

Chapter 25 Questions ("senseless killing")

  1. What does a "roly-poly" look like? (p. 238)
  1. Why does Scout say that Jem "was getting more like a girl every day"? (p. 239)
  1. Who goes with Atticus to Helen Robinson's house? (p. 239)
  1. What does Helen Robinson say or do when she hears about her husband's death? (p. 240)
  1. What is Maycomb's reaction to Tom's death? (p. 240)
  1. What does Mr. Underwood compare Tom's death to in an editorial? (p. 241)
  1. Miss Stephanie told Aunt Alexandra that "Mr. Ewell said it made one down and about two more to go." Who is he talking about? (p. 241)

Chapter 26 Questions ("DEMOCRACY")

  1. When Jem starts seventh grade, why don't he and Scout see each other at school? (p. 241)
  1. Who does Scout look for on her way to school and back? (p. 242)
  1. In what class do the students memorize an item from the newspaper and recite it in front of the class? (p. 243)
  1. How is this supposed to make the students better?
  2.   (a)




  1. What is The Grit Paper associated with? (p. 244)
  2. Fiddling





  1. What is Miss Gates' opinion of The Grit Paper?
  1. What does Little Chuck Little know a lot about? (p. 244)
  1. What news does Cecil Jacobs report on? (p. 244)
  1. What three words does Miss Gates teach the class very carefully? (p. 245)
  2.   (a)



  1. What is Scout's definition of democracy? (p. 245)
  1. Why does Cecil think the Jews shouldn't be persecuted「迫害される」? (p. 245)
  1. What is Miss Gates' response?
  1. Why is Jem stuffing himself「食い溜め」? (p. 246)
  1. Coming out of the courthouse, Scout heard Miss Gates say that "it's time somebody taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above themselves, an' the next thing they think they can do is marry us." Who is she talking about? (p. 247)
  1. What is eating (bothering) Scout?

Chapter 27 Questions ("Ad Astra Per Astera")

  1. List the three small things happened to three citizens of Maycomb in mid-October:


  1. How did Bob Ewell probably make history? (p. 248)
  1. Who hired Helen Robinson to work? (p. 248)
  1. List two small changes in Maycomb: (p. 251)

  1. What Halloween trick was played on the Barber sisters? (p. 251)
  1. Who composed the Halloween pageant? (p. 252)
  1. What are four activities that will happen at the Halloween pageant organized by the Maycomb ladies? (p. 252)
  2.   (a)




  1. What are the children's costumes going to represent? (p. 252)
  1. What is Scout's costume going to be? (p. 252)
    1. a ham
    2. a cow
    3. a butterbean
    4. a peanut
  1. What is uncomfortable about Scout's costume? (p. 253)
  2.   (a)



BONUS QUESTION: Aunt Alexandra says, "Somebody just walked over my grave." What do you think this saying means? (p. 253)

Chapter 28 Questions ("out like a light")

  1. Describe the weather and the sky on the evening of October 31st. (pp. 254-255)
  1. What are the children no longer afraid of? (p. 254)
  1. How does Jem know they're near the big oak tree? (p. 255)
  1. Who jumps out and scares the children as they're walking to school? (pp. 255-256)
  1. How many things can someone do at the pageant for 30 cents? (p. 256)
  1. What booth do the children spend a nickel on? (p. 256)
  1. Describe what is used for parts of the human body.
    1. Eyes:
    2. Heart:
    3. Innards:
  1. Why doesn't Scout bob for apples? (p. 257)
  1. What do the adults wear? (p. 257)
  1. How does the program start? (p. 257)
  1. Why does Scout miss her entrance as a ham? (p. 258)
  1. Why does Scout keep her costume on when she and Jem walk home? (p. 259)
  1. What does Scout forget at school? (p. 259)
  1. Jem and Scout hear someone following them. Who do they think it is? (pp. 260-261)
  1. Jem tells Scout to run. When she tries, what happens? (p. 262)
  1. Write the verbs that describe what Scout feels and hears next. (p. 262)










  1. How many people did Scout sense under the tree? (p. 262)
  1. When Scout touches a person, what does she feel? (p. 263)
  1. What does she smell?
  1. When she finds the road, she sees a man carrying something. What is he carrying? (p. 263)
  1. What is wrong with Jem? (p. 264)
  1. What does Sheriff Tate report about Bob Ewell? (p. 265)

Chapter 29 Questions ("Hey, Boo.")

  1. What probably saved Scout's life? (p. 269)
  1. Who carried Jem home? (p. 270)

Chapter 30 Questions ("Let the dead bury the dead.")

  1. How do the adults act towards Boo? (pp. 272-273)
  1. Where does everyone, except Aunt Alexandra, go to sit and talk? (pp. 272-273)
  1. Why do they sit there? (pp. 271-272)
  1. Where does Scout suggest that Boo sit? (p. 272)
  1. At first, who does Atticus believed killed Bob Ewell? (pp. 272-273)
  1. Atticus says, "Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open. Let the county come and bring sandwiches." What is he suggesting they do? (p. 273)
  1. How does Sheriff Tate say that Bob Ewell died?
  1. What kind of knife does Sheriff Tate have? (p. 275)
  1. Where does Sheriff Tate say he got the knife?
  1. What kind of knife killed Bob Ewell? (p. 266)
  1. Sheriff Tate tells Atticus that "taking the one man who's done you and this town a great service an' draggin' him with his shy ways into the limelight — to me, that's a sin." Who is he talking about? (p. 276)
  1. What is the "service" the man has done?
  1. Scout tells Atticus, "Mr. Tate was right." Atticus asks, "What do you mean?" What does Scout say? (p. 276)

Chapter 31 Questions ("he was real nice")

  1. Scout takes Boo into Jem's room. What does she tell him he can do? (p. 278)
  1. What does Boo ask Scout to do? (p. 278)
  1. How does Scout do take Boo home?
  1. When does Scout see Boo again? (p. 278)
  1. Neighbors bring _______________ with death and _______________ with sickness. (p. 278)
  1. Boo gave Scout and Jem many things. Why does she feel sad? (p. 278)
  1. Scout stands in front of the shuttered window on the Radley's porch. What does she "see"? (p. 279)
  1. Scout says that "Atticus was right." What was he right about? (p. 279)
  1. Scout thinks she doesn't have much left to learn except what? (p. 279)
  1. Atticus usually reads newspapers. What does Atticus pick up to read this evening? (p. 280)
  1. Why does he choose this to read?
  1. Scout tells Atticus that "he was real nice." What is Atticus's reply? (p. 281)

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