Based on some of our lacking Great Depression notes, let's put in full effort and produce a page of bulleted, double-spaced notes on ALL major events leading to/explaining The Great Depression. We will discuss these notes and connect them to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Also, here are some chapter questions to consider/answer for those who are catching up on reading:
1. How is Atticus different from other parents?
2. Who is Boo Radley and how is he described?
3. Are there any rumors or gossip in Maycomb? If so, to what do they pertain?
4. From where do stereotypes emanate?
5. What problem(s) does Scout have at school? Why?
1. How would you characterize Atticus?
2. Who is Calpurnia? How would you characterize her?
3. Characterize the Ewells – what is your initial impression of them?
4. What does Scout find in the tree?
5. How has the relationship between the children (Jem, Scout, and Dill) changed?
6. How is Atticus seen to be astute and observant?
1. Scout grows close to Miss Maudie. Characterize her. Then, explain how she is different from Ms. Stephanie Crawford.
2. When the kids sneak into the Radley backyard, what happens?
3. What happens to Jem’s pants? Why is this significant?
4. What else does Boo leave the kids?
5. What happens at the conclusion of CH. 7? What does this tell us about Mr. Nathan Radley?
1. How is Jem shown to be empathetic in CH. 8?
2. What omen do we see in this chapter? How do you interpet it?
3. Why does Scout have a blanket?
4. In Chapter 9, what does Scout encounter at the beginning of the chapter/ Why is this significant?
5. Why must Atticus defend Tom Robinson?
6. What does Atticus warn is coming?
7. Explain how Aunt Alexandra and by extension Francis view the family.
8. How is Atticus presented as further different than other fathers?
9. What does Atticus do in this chapter that surprises his kids?
10. How does Scout react to it? Jem? Why is Jem’s reaction significant?
1. What does Ms. Dubose say to Jem/Scout? How does Jem react?
2. What is Jem’s punishment?
3. How does Atticus explain the connotation of “N-Lover” to Scout?
4. Where does Cal take the children in CH 12? What side of Cal does the reader see? How do the children react/interpret the situation?
5. Who is waiting for them when they return home @ end of chapter? What does this foreshadow?
6. Characterize Alexandra. How does she differ from Atticus?
7. How does Atticus change when Alexandra comes? How does the chapter conclude and what does this tell you about Atticus?
8. In CH 14, how does Alexandra treat Cal/feel about Scout going over to Cal’s house/church?
9. Who returns to the Finch home? What do his tall-tales tell us about his home life?
10. In Chapter 15, who comes to Atticus’s home? What is their intention? How does Atticus respond?
1. What stereotypes do the children hold?
2. Where do Scout/Jem/Dill sit? Why is this significant?
3. Who is Dolphus Raymond?
4. What does Bob Ewell allege? Is his testimony believable? Why/why not?
5. Describe the Ewell home?
6. Characterize Bob Ewell.
7. What does Atticus do to Bob Ewell? Why?
8. What doesn’t Jem realize about TR?
9. How would you describe the testimony of Mayella Ewell?
10. What does he get her to admit and why is this significant?
11. Interpret Mr. Gilmer’s reluctant prosecuting of the case.
1. Characterize Tom Robinson.
2. How does Tom recall what happened between him and Mayella?
3. What fatal mistake does Tom make when he gives his testimony?
4. Explain why Dolphus Raymond needs to give others a reason for seeing a woman of colored and have mixed-race children.
5. Why does Raymond tell the kids his secret?
6. What does Jem think about the case? What is this?
7. How does Scout’s recalling Jem’s “psychical history” apply to the trial (210)?
8. Why are children the only ones sad over the verdict? First
9. How does the Black community treat Atticus after the verdict?
10. What happens in town between Atticus and Bob Ewell?
11. What do Atticus and Jem discuss?
1. What are the women at Alexandra’s social meeting discussing? Identify one example of irony.
2. How does Ms. Maudie respond to Mrs. Merriweather?
3. What happens to TR? What’s most appalling?
4. How does Ms. Maudie respond to Aunt Alexandra?
5. Explain the Mockingbird, and how it applies to TR.
That's enough for now.
English Assignments 7-12
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