To Kill a Mockingbird, Chapter Questions.
Chapter 16:
Q1. The subtle change Scout notices in her father is when he talks to Aunt Alexandra he is more demanding and has a strong stiff voice.

Q2. Dolphus Raymond is a white man that likes the “coloured” people more than the others. He lives with a coloured woman and has “half white, half coloured” children. We are introduced to him in this chapter as the man who is drinking whiskey in a coca-cola bottle with a sack around it so the women do not get offended.

Q3. Reverend Sykes helps the children see the trial by taking them upstairs to the coloured balcony where they were given front row seats.

Q4. Judge Taylor although often looked like “a sleepy old shark” who would “sometimes propped his feet up, he often cleaned his fingernails with his pocket knife...” Although it doesn’t sound like he takes his job seriously Jem then said “and although he seemed to take his job casually, in reality he kept grip on proceedings that came before him.”
Chapter 18:
Q1. Mayella is very similar to her father as she is confident in reciting her side of the story as she is very forward with the accusations and is not afraid to lie and frame an innocent man who tried to help her.

Q2. The reason for Mayella's crying in court is because she knows that she is wrong in accusing Tom Robinson of something that he did not do, however she is under pressure to carry on with teh accusation as she is scared of her father and what other people might think of her.

Q3. Mayella thinks that Atticus is mocking her because he is being very polite to her and he is treating her like a lady. She is not used to people being polite to her becomes she comes from a poor and disadvantaged family. Therefore she thinks that the only reason that Atticus is treating her with respect is to mock her infront of all the people of Maycomb.

Q4. Mr Gilmer does not prove Tom Robinson's guilt effectively as he has no real evidence that he commited the crime and he tries to convince the jury and people of Maycomb that he is guilty simply because he is black and therefore cannot be trusted with the women. He has no real evidence to suggest that Mayella's story is true and therefore does not even come close to proving that Tom Robinson is a guilty man.

Chapter 21:
Q1. Jem expects the verdict for Tom Robinson’s case for him not to be guilty as there was no real evidence to support that he had done what he was accused of. Atticus told the children he didn’t know what it would be, but the jury would take a white man’s word over a coloured.

Q2. It is unusual how long the verdict took as it usually only takes a few minutes but their verdict took 3 hours. The verdict as readers was predictable as we knew that the people of Maycomb do not support a coloured man’s word over a white man’s.

Q3. As Scout waited for the verdict she thinks of what it was like to be in the courtroom as that time. “The feeling grew until the atmosphere in the court-room was exactly the same as a cold February morning, when the mocking birds were still...” This relates back to the books initial central themes of social inequality, gothic and the mockingbird theme.

Chapter 22:
Q1. Although Atticus doesn’t want children in court when Jem told him that is wasn’t right what they had done, he agreed. When Atticus told Aunt Alexandra after her sentence was interrupted by him he said “This is their home, sister, we’ve made it this way for them. They may as well learn to cope with it.” This is because the white people have made it the way it is for the coloured people which is unfair treatment on their behalf.

Q2. Miss. Maudie says “things are never as bad as they seem”. She says this because of Tom Robinson’s case and how they were all talking about Atticus. Miss Maudie then said, “...That there are some men in this world who were born to do unpleasant jobs for us. Your father is one of them.” But Jem is too young to understand what this truly means.

Q3. Dill says he wants to be a new kind of clown, he’s going to stand in the middle of the ring and laugh at all the folks. You would not think that Dill would keep this ambition for long.

Q4. Attitude to racism has changed since this book was written in the 1930’s and published in the 1960’s. People discourage racism and have no tolerance towards it because we have been educated that it is wrong.

Q5. Mr. Ewell felt so angry with Atticus because usually in a case the lawyer wouldn’t put up such a fight for a coloured man and Atticus was giving it his all. When Mr. Ewell threats Atticus I don’t think it is an empty threat because I don’t think that he knows any better and there are different ways he could “get” him as his family is at stake in this trial. Mr. Ewell’s not happy that Atticus actually cares about Tom.

Chapter 23:
Q1. I agree with the reaction Atticus gave Mr. Ewell when he asked if he was too proud to fight? Atticus simply said, “No, too old”. This could either mean that he is old as in age, or as he has grown up and doesn’t act in a childish manner. The he just walked away from Mr. Ewell.

Q2. Circumstantial evidence in Tom’s case was that he was at the right area at the right time but he can’t actually be proven to have done what he was accused of. There were people saying what they had saw, there were mixed signals when it came to Bob and Mayella Ewell’s stories they were telling.
Q3. Atticus told Scout that it took so long to convict Tom Robinson because one person on the jury took a considerable amount of time to be worn down because he wanted Tom to go free.

Q4. Aunt Alexandra says Walter Cunningham and his family are not “our kind of folks” as she says they are trash. It is not good for a society to have class divisions as it makes it hard than others. I think people from different classes should mix with one another as it makes the community stronger.

Q5.Jem says at the end of this chapter that Boo Radely stays shut up in his house all this time “because he wants to stay inside.” Jem says about the people in Maycomb and how if there are one type of folks why can’t they all just get along? Maybe he doesn’t want to be around that.

Chapter 24:
Q1. The missionary ladies while talking about the Mrunas an African tribe they just seem to be worried about the things they would dislike to be going on in their own communities. For example, how the children are subjected terrible things and have to chew bark off trees to spit it in the communal pot and get drunk on it later.

Q2. When Scout was asked where her breaches were today she replied with “under my dress”. All the ladies laughed as Scout was still herself just in a pretty dress.

Q3. The ladies of Maycomb are very gossipy in how they like to talk about other people and their lives. They are also very conscious that they set a good example to others and makes sure they always act like proper ladies.

Q4. Tom was killed by being shot during the exercise period at the prison. He went into a blind rage and tried to escape by climbing over the fence. Atticus said that to the guards he wasn’t Tom he was an escaping prisoner- “What was one Negro, more or less, among two hundred of ‘em?” In this time I believe Atticus is correct as it was common for coloured people to be mistreated.

Q5. Aunt Alexandra in this chapter shows more understanding and empathy towards Atticus and what he has to deal with. Miss. Maudie supports Aunt Alexandra by pulling her back into line and help her to be presented as the woman she always is.

Chapter 25:
Q1. Maycomb was interested by the news of Tom Robinson’s death for about two days, two days was enough for the information to spread around the town.

Q2. The quote “To Maycomb, Tom’s death was typical” this was because to the people it was typical of a coloured person to do the sort of thing he did. Although Tom was the type of man to keep himself clean, go to church and he was married but he was still a coloured man.

Q3. Scout speaks of how “Atticus has used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case”. In the jury’s hearts Atticus had no case because Mayella Ewell was a white woman and Tom was a white man, and that’s the way it was in Maycomb. “Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed”.

Q4. Jem didn’t want Scout to tell Atticus that she knew about Bob Ewell’s comment because she had nothing to worry about and she was too young to know.

Chapter 26:
Q1. When Miss. Gates says “we don’t believe in persecuting anyone” as a reader this seems odd as during the trial Tom Robinson was convicted the moment the incident went to trial.

Q2. Scout didn’t understand Miss. Gates disapproval of Hitler as she was expressing how wrong he is but when she was outside the courtroom she had such a disapproval of coloured people. “How can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home -?”

Q3. Scout question upsets Jem because he is trying to store away his memories until enough time has passed so he can properly think and sort it out.

Chapter 27:
Q1. Three things Bob Ewell did that alarmed Aunt Alexandra were:

1. He got a job and then lost it because he was fired for his laziness. The he blamed Atticus for it saying that he got Mr. Ewell’s job.

2. The second thing was about Judge Taylor and how Mrs. Taylor goes to church every Sunday for an hour and leaves him at home by himself. He had an intruder this Sunday, but he didn’t see properly who it was but they thought that nobody was home. Mrs. Taylor came home to find Judge Taylor in his chair, reading with a shot gun across his lap.

3. Helen Robinson had got a job for Mr. Link Deas but she couldn’t use the main road because it would pass the Ewell’s house and they would ‘chunk at her’. She had to walk the long way every day. Mr. Link Deas spoke to the Ewell’s about it and said if he didn’t stop he’d be in jail by sundown.

Bob Ewell followed Helen to work the next day, saying foul words under his breath. Mr. Link Deas spoke to him and said that he only has to make her feel afraid and its assault and he would be in jail.

Q2. Bob Ewell seems to have a grudge with everyone that was affiliated with the case. Atticus believes it is because Mr. Ewell “knows in his heart that very few people in Maycomb really believed his and Mayella’s yarns.”

Q3. Some children in Maycomb took all the furniture out of Miss. Barber’s living room and put it into Miss. Tutti and Frutti’s cellar. The Halloween pageant was put in place so this wouldn’t happen again and all the children would be there to celebrate Halloween.

Chapter 28:
Q1. Jem says that Boo Radely must not be home this is ironic because the stories say that he’s not home at night. This is important for Jem and Scout for him not to be home because he sees a lot in the dark.

Q2. By Scout keeping her costume on it affects her ability to move properly and clearly see what is going on around her.

Q3. Scout says “I wondered why Atticus had not brought a chair for the man in the corner, but Atticus knew the ways of country people far better than I.” So the man might be comfortable the way he is.

Chapter 29:
Q1. The shiny clean line on the dull wire is a shiny paint that was put on so she shined under the lights.

Q2. Atticus said that Mr. Ewell “was out of his mind”.

Q3. Mr. Heck Tate gives reason for Bob Ewell’s attack saying that he was full of liquor that made him brave enough to kill children. He meant business.

Q4. Mr. Heck Tate’s opinion is more likely to be the accurate one. As he really knows that Bob Ewell is that type of man, not brave enough to see face to face with Atticus during the daylight. With his opinion Atticus just doesn’t see why a man would do this.

Chapter 30:
Q1. Atticus thinks Jem stabbed Bob Ewell.

Q2. Mr. Heck Tate insists that Bob Ewell’s death was self inflicted. He says this is the case because he was highly intoxicated and was stumbling around and fell on his knife.

Q3. Heck Tate is right as Boo was helping those children from getting more hurt than they already were. He was not in the wrong and Boo, as they know doesn’t like the publicity.

Q4. At the end of this chapter the writer handles the appearance of Boo Radely as a caring man as Atticus thanks him for helping his children.

Chapter 31:
Q1. The events in the last chapter explain how Jem broke his elbow in the first sentence of the book.

Q2. The earlier events were recapped to show what had happened to them the past year. What they had gone through to get to this point.

Q3. Scout said Atticus told her one time “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” Standing on the Radely’s porch was enough for Scout.

Q4. Boo Radely was spoken of as if he was a scary man, because hes been locked up in his house all this time and only come out at night. The legends that were told, that’s what don’t make you expect what he really looks like.

Q5. Atticus’ choice of story is “The Grey Ghost”. In the book they accused a boy of messing up a clubhouse but they couldn’t catch him because they’d never seen him. When they finally did see the boy they found out that he was nice. This is the story of Arthur Radely, he was accused of so many things and in the end he helped the children and turned out to be nice.