Tasks for the Sociologist – To Kill a Mockingbird

PRESENTATION #1: Clothing of the 1930s


  bowtie (p.80) [p. 107]


  breeches (p. 81) [p. 108]


  corset (p. 9) [p. 11]


  flour-sack skirt (p. 16) [p. 22]


  knee-pants (p.80) [p. 107]




  patent leather shoes (p. 118) [p. 156]


  petticoat (p. 118) [p. 156]


  pumps (p. 16) [p. 21]


  sash (p. 118) [p. 156]


  union suit


Interview Task

PRESENTATION #1: Clothing of the 1930s

  • Look at the photo of the Maxwell couple. Describe their hats.

  • Look at the photo of the Maxwell family from 1931. Describe their clothes and hairstyles.

Photos retrieved February 14, 2005, from <>.


  • The following food, except for open-faced sandwich, is typical of the South.
    Find out what each food is and, if possible, photos or even recipes.

  open-faced sandwich
















  hickory nuts


  Lane cake






See Foodway for some kinds of food that were invented during the 1930s.
Which one is the most popular in Japan?

Internet Task: Food

  • Find the Diary of Carmon Belle Drilling (you have to scroll down).
  • Make a list of all the food she talks about her family growing, making, and eating.

  • What did the mercantile store sell?

  • In what did students carry their lunch to school?

  • What food did they take on a picnic?

  • What is one more interesting incident she writes about in her story?


PRESENTATION #2: Religious and Church Terms

  • Find the meaning of the following words and explain them to your group.
    (Some of these are used in Chapter 4, pp. 44-45 [p. 59], and some in Chapter 21, pp. 120-122 [pp. 159-163].)



















  offering (collection)














  the Kingdom come


  the next world


Useful website: Foot-washing

The following pictures of Jesus were common in Protestant churches.
Show them to your group before reading Chapter 12.

The Light of the World by Hunt

Garden of Gethsemane (p. 120) [p. 159]

Interview Task


Developed by CA Edington, Spring, 2005; revised Spring, 2012
Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan