To Kill a Mockingbird: Seminar Prep

Prompt:  Collect quotes to support your response to the following questions in preparation for seminar.  You need a minimum of two quotes for each response.  Include page numbers after quotes—this is important so that you can direct peers to pages in seminar. You must complete this seminar prep sheet in order to participate in seminar.


  1. What are Jem and Scout’s attitude toward Boo Radley at the beginning of the novel?  Why does this perception exist?


  1. How do their perceptions of Boo change by the end of the novel?


  1. Who in the community supports Atticus’ decision to defend Tom Robinson?  Why?


  1. Who in the community disagrees with Atticus’ decision to defend Tom Robinson?  Why?


  1. What does Jem think about Mrs. Dubose?  What lesson does Atticus want Jem to learn from Mrs. Dubose?


  1. What do we learn about the Ewell family during the trial?  Why shouldn’t Tom be found guilty?


  1. Is Atticus’ defense of Tom successful or is it a failure?  Justify.


  1. What’s the significance of the quote “let the dead bury the dead?”