9th Grade English                                                                                  Name:_________________________

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

Chapters 23-24 Review Questions


I won’t collect these answers.  But I’m not sure you have enough space to write notes here.  You can try, but I think you might need a full sheet of lined paper to answer.


Chapter 23


1)      What did Atticus respond when Bob Ewell asked if he was “too proud to fight”?


2)      What does Scout think Atticus should do?


3)      What does Jem respond?


4)      What does Dill suggest to get Atticus to follow Scout’s advice?


5)      What does Jem suggest to get Atticus to follow Scout’s advice?


6)      Atticus says, “…stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes for a minute.”  What would we discover if we stood in his shoes?


7)      What will happen to Tom Robinson, if all of his legal appeals fail?


8)      Does Atticus disapprove of the death penalty?  Or just sometimes?


9)      Why does Jem think they should “do away with juries”?


10)  According to Atticus, what are “the facts of life”? 


11)  “The one place a man ought to get a square deal is—”


12)  What is Atticus’ definition of a white man who is “trash”?


13)  Why does Atticus say there are no women allowed on juries in Alabama?  What does Scout think of that?


14)  Why does Atticus say some people in Maycomb are “afraid” to be on a jury?


15)  Who was the “one fellow” on the jury who took the most wearing down?  Why did Atticus want him on the jury in the first place?


16)  Why doesn’t Aunt Alexandra want Scout to invite young Walter Cunningham for dinner again?


17)  Now, what is Aunt Alexandra’s definition of “trash”?


18)  Jem drags Scout out of the room before she attacks Aunt Alexandra.  What does he show her under his shirt?


19)  What does Jem say are the “four kinds of people in the world”?


20)  Atticus told me one time that most of this Old Family stuff’s foolishness because—”


21)  What “one kind of folks” does Scout believe there is?


22)  Read the last paragraph of the chapter.  What has Jem learned?  (Not just about Boo Radley, but about human nature.)


Chapter 24


1)      As the chapter opens, the month is _____, and Calpurnia is _____, Jem and Dill are _____, and Aunt Alexandra is in the dining room with _____.


2)      Scout brings coffee into the living room.  What does Miss Stephanie think she might be (as a career) when she grows up?


3)      Scout answers she wants to be “Just a—”


4)      The women start to talk about the Mrunas and J. Everett Grimes.  Can you figure out:  Who is he, and where is he, and what is he doing?


5)      Mrs. Merriweather says that Scout is “fortunate” because she lives in a “Christian home with Christian folks in a Christian town.”  Now you play the English teacher.  What is this an example of?


6)      At one point, Scout thinks Mrs. Merriweather is talking about _____, but she’s actually talking about _____.


7)      What is happening among the black citizens (the cooks, the gardeners, the field hands, etc.) of Maycomb?  What does Mrs. Merriweather suggest as a solution?


8)      Summarize the opinions of Mrs. Farrow and Mrs. Merriweather.


9)      What does Scout like more about the world of adult men, rather than adult women?


10)  Atticus enters.  What news does he bring?


11)  What is it Aunt Alexandra says Atticus does that “they” want him to do because they won’t do it themselves?  Who are they?  What does Atticus do?


12)  Then, who is Miss Maudie’s “they”?  What “handful of people”?  Put it in your own words.  (Maybe it relates to the idea of the “mockingbird,” too.)


13)  Read the last paragraph of the chapter, when the three “women” have gone back into the dining room.  What does this last paragraph indicate about Scout?  About her possible future?  What does it mean to be a “lady”?