To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 9-15 Questions
Chapter 9: 1. a) Atticus says it’s a word common people use. It just makes people feel bad and forbids his children from saying it. He said he wouldn’t be able to hold his head up in town. Also, he does it to show his children a good example. Lastly, he stuck to his conscience and stood up against the entire town. c) It’s about courage, in relevance to his taking of the case. Scout was using vulgarities. Atticus was saying this to Uncle Jack; that she’d grow out of it soon.
He’s explaining to Jack that children will always ask questions to things they don’t understand and should always answer them. Atticus was talking about Scout; that she may not do what’s best all the time but she tries. Atticus doesn’t understand the behaviour of the town – their immense prejudice against Tom Robinson although it’s obvious he’s innocent. 2. a) Alexandra is Atticus’ sister and Jem and Scout’s aunt. b)Francis is the grandson of Aunt Alexandra. c)Jack is Atticus’ brother and Scout and Jem’s uncle. d)Jimmy is Alexandra’s husband and Jem and Scout’s uncle.
Chapter 15: 1. Scout is ashamed of her Atticus because he a lot older than the other fathers of the kids her age and he can’t play with them as much, and she doesn’t think he has any talents like the other fathers. 2. It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird because the purpose of the bird is to make beautiful music for people to enjoy and it would be bad to kill something so innocent. 3. Ms. Maudie tells them that her father used to be known as one-shot finch, but he isn’t proud of it because he killed many things and know believes its not right to kill living things. . Jem won’t let Scout brag about Atticus because Jem believes that if their father wanted them to know about his marksmanship Atticus would have told them himself. I think Jem’s right because Atticus must’ve had a reason not to tell his kids. Chapter 11: a) Atticus want them to be polite because Mrs. Dubose is dying. b)Atticus wants Jem to read to Mrs. Dubose because will Jem’s reading to her she’s staying off her pain killers longer and longer. 2. The author gives such a description because she’s trying to show how sick Mrs. Dubose is.
This makes me feel really grossed out. 3. Atticus tells Scout that “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything – like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain – ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves. It’s slipped into usage with some people like ourselves, when they want a common, ugly term to label somebody. ” I agree with this statement because it just like any other rude term used to describe someone and its only said to make someone feel bad about themselves. 4.
He volunteered to defend Tom Robinson, who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. As one of the few people of Maycomb against racism, he sees it as his duty not only to take it, but to do his best to defend his client. Atticus puts across a strong case to prove that Tom Robinson is not guilty, to which the judge agrees, but the jury, after hours of deliberation, decides to ignore the evidence and charge him as guilty. He tries to instill in his children a sense of dignity and respect for others. Chapter 12: 1. “Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody.
His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him.. ” “Overnight, it seemed, Jem had acquired an alien set of values and was trying to impose them on me: several times he went so far as to tell me what to do. ” “In addition to Jem’s newly developed characteristics, he had acquired a maddening air of wisdom. ” 2. Lula feels as if the church is for black people only and that the whites should not go and get involved in their activities. 3. The church does not have any hymn-books, rather they have a music superintendent who leads them into the songs.
As the leader says one line, the entire church will repeat it in a chorus. 4. Cal is only being honest because she does not want others to feel as if she is patronizing them. If she talks the way she does around white people, they might make her feel as if she wants to be seen more superior to them. Chapter 13: 1. Both are equally at fault for not being able to communicate well with each other. Neither of them have ever tried to be in the other’s shoes so with that, they cannot understand why the other feels the way they feel. 2. ) Atticus describes him as “having gone round the bed at the University. ” He told Jem that Joshua had actually tried to shoot the president of the college. He had indicated that the man was a sewer inspector and had tried to shoot him with an old pistol. However, the pistol had blown up in Joshua’s hand instead. The family had had to pay five hundred dollars to get the man out of trouble. b) Joshua Finch according to Aunt Alexandra was a fine man. Jem is quite surprised because he knew the man had been locked up. Aunt Alexandra likes to give the family heritage a boost.
The difference is that Aunt Alexandra likes to tell the good about Joshua and Atticus explains the truth, that he wasn’t really a man to be proud of. 3. Scout means that she knows her father was trying his best in telling them that they should learn to behave better, but he was trying to fill a spot that he could never fill as a mother. Chapter 14: 1. Alexandra doesn’t like Calpurnia and feels the need to dismiss her or fire her. Aunt Alexandra feels that Calpurnia is a faithful member of the family, and that she doesn’t like Calpurnia because she took the children to her hurch. 2. By getting in to that brawl with Jem, Scout’s satisfied because it shows he’s not really grown-up. Therefore shouldn’t really tell her what to do because when they fight they act as equals. 3. Jem told on her and Dill, and let Atticus know that Dill was under Scout’s bed and had run away. The last remaining code of their childhood was that they never tell Atticus their secrets. 4. Dill believe that his parents loved him and bought him whatever wanted, but they didn’t pay much attention to him or play with him at all.
Chapter 15: 1. Yes, when Atticus said that the Klan was gone, he meant the true Ku Klux Klan. The only reason to believe that it is a false statement is because of the “Lynching Mob” that was after Tom. 2. Prior to the scene to the scene at Maycomb Jail an angry group of towns people show up at the Finch’s on night to come talk to Atticus about transferring Tom Robinson to the Maycomb Jail and how it might be dangerous. 3. This statement made by Scout was showing how she didn’t realize how serious the situation was.
Since the story is told from her point of view, and she didn’t realize Atticus might be in danger. 4. Jem refuses to leave because he want to prove to Atticus that he an adult now and he won’t leave his father to fight the mob of men by himself. 5. Scouts attempt to converse with Mr. Cunningham defuse the tension and eventually leads to the mob of people leaving Atticus alone. Atticus was so affectionate because even though Jem defied his father he showed his maturity and that he would always be there for his father when he needed him.
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