To Kill a Mockingbird
Study Guide

Chapter 1


      1.     What was the name of Simon's homestead?


      2.     When Atticus went to Montgomery to read law, what tradition was broken?


      3.     T / F Alexandra married an ambitious man.


      4.     How many people lived in the narrator's house?


      5.     How did Jem's mother die?


      6.     How many houses separated Atticus's residence from the Radley place?


      7.     What was Dill's full name?


      8.     T / F Scout was taller than Dill.


      9.     T / F The Radleys were new to Maycomb County .


  10.     T / F Arthur is Boo Radley.


  11.     Who took Mr. Radley's place when he went under?


  12.     Who wanted to try and make Boo come out?


  13.     T / F All three children touched the Radley place with their palms.

Chapter 2


      1.     T / F Scout frowned upon the idea of beginning school.


      2.     T / F Jem was happy to take Scout to school.


      3.     T / F Miss Fisher accused Scout of being illiterate.


      4.     T / F Calpurnia taught Scout to read.


      5.     T / F Walter's father was one of Atticus's clients.


      6.     T / F Miss Caroline resorted to corporeal punishment on the first day of class.


Chapter 3


      1.     T / F Scout promised not to jump on Walter again.


      2.     Why hasn't Walter Cunningham passed the first grade?


      3.     Why did Calpurnia request Scout's presence in the kitchen?


      4.     Where did Scout finish her dinner?


      5.     T / F Atticus was swayed by Scout's petition to have Calpurnia fired.


      6.     What crawled out of Burris Ewell's hair?


      7.     Who else besides Miss Caroline told Burris to go home?


      8.     What did Calpurnia do to make up with Scout?


      9.     According to Atticus, when does one understand a person?


  10.     Name two favors that Maycomb County cut the Ewells.


  11.     State the bargain that Atticus struck with Scout.


Chapter 4


      1.     T / F Scout was favorably impressed with the Maycomb County school system.


      2.     What was in the knot-hole of one of the oak trees?


      3.     T / F One of the Indian-heads was for Cecil Jacobs.


      4.     Who was the meanest old woman who ever lived?


      5.     Who was president of the L & N Railroad?


      6.     Who played the part of Boo?


      7.     Who had the most to say about the Radleys than anybody in Maycomb?


      8.     What was Scout's first reason for wanting to quit the Boo-Radley game?



Chapter 5



Jem decided they could continue playing their game if they changed the name of the characters.   Jem also decided to send Boo a note asking him politely to come out and they would buy him ice cream.  Before they were able to leave the note for Boo, Atticus came home and caught them.  Atticus told them to stop bothering Boo.



Chapter 6


      1.     Why did the kids spit themselves dry?


      2.     What sound shattered the neighborhood?


      3.     How did Dill explain the loss of Jem's pants to the crowd in front of the Radley place?


      4.     T / F Scout protested against Jem going after his pants.


      5.     T / F Mr. Nathan Radley had to use the other barrel before the night was over.




Chapter 7


      1.     What did Jem find unusual about his britches?


      2.     T / F After a three-day waiting period, Jem and Scout considered everything they found in the knot-hole to be their property.


      3.     Why wasn't the letter delivered?


      4.     What was Nathan Radley's ulterior motive for cementing the knot-hole?



Chapter 8


      1.     T / F Mrs. Radley's death was a disappointment to Jem and Scout.


      2.     Why was school closed?


      3.     What was the "slushy operation"?


      4.     The snowman was a caricature of which neighbor?


      5.     T / F After her house burnt to the ground and the fire trucks left, with whom did Miss Maudie stay?


      6.     Who put the brown woolen blanket around Scout?



Chapter 9


      1.     T / F Atticus had warned Scout to hold her temper in and refrain from fighting.


      2.     Which black man is Atticus defending?


      3.     T / F Scout withstood Cecil's name calling and felt noble about it.


      4.     What words did Uncle Jack not want to hear from Scout?


      5.     What did Jem and Scout get for Christmas?


      6.     Talking to Francis gave Scout what kind of sensation?


      7.     Why did Scout split her knuckle to the bone on Francis's front teeth?


      8.     T / F Uncle Jack gave Scout a spanking without hearing her side of the story.


      9.     T / F Atticus knew Scout was eavesdropping when he spoke of the prejudice in Maycomb.


Chapter 10


      1.     T / F Atticus was reluctant to be tackled by Jem.


      2.     Why was it a sin to kill a mockingbird?


      3.     Which neighbor spoke highly of Atticus's legal talents?


      4.     T / F Atticus out-did Cecil Jacobs's father in the touch football game.


      5.     Who informed Atticus about Mr. Harry Johnson's mad dog, old Tim Johnson?


      6.     Who informed Miss Rachel and Miss Stephanie Crawford about the mad dog?


      7.     Who was the first to address Atticus by his old nickname?


      8.     T / F Atticus didn't want Scout bragging about his marksmanship at school on Monday.


      9.     T / F Scout and Jem had renewed respect for their father.


Chapter 11


      1.     Why did the Finch children dislike passing by Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose's house?


      2.     Atticus advised his son to act like a gentleman toward whom?


      3.     What did Atticus do that made Scout think he was the bravest man who had ever lived?


      4.     T / F Jem bought his sister a real baton.


      5.     To show his wrath for Mrs. Dubose, what did Jem do?


      6.     What did Jeremy have to do for one month?


      7.     As a reward for completing their first day's session with Mrs. Dubose, what did Atticus bring the kids?


      8.     T / F Mrs. Dubose kicked the morphine habit.


      9.     Atticus would have insisted that Jem read to Mrs. Dubose because he wanted his son to see an alternative view of what?



Chapter 12


      1.     T / F Scout gravitated toward Calpurnia partly due to the imposition of Jem's changing values.


      2.     Scout continued to look condescendingly upon Calpurnia.


      3.     Why was Scout temporarily crushed?


      4.     Who tried to intimidate Calpurnia at her own church?


      5.     Who would be the beneficiary of today's collection at First Purchase?


      6.     T / F Jem and Scout were duly impressed with Zeebo's singing talents.


      7.     T / F Church was over only after Rev. Sykes "sweat the amount ($10.00) due out of his flock."


      8.     T / F For Calpurnia, adjusting her language was simply a matter of blending in with the dominant crowd.



Chapter 13

Aunt Alexandra showed up to stay awhile to help with the children throughout the trial.  The people in Maycomb welcomed her to town.  It didnít take long for Aunt Alexandra to try and make changes.  She wanted Jem and Scout to understand what it meant to be a Finch and that they had to live up to their name.



Chapter 14


Alexandra and Atticus learn of the kidsí trip to Cal ís church.  Atticus didnít care, but Alexandra was mad.  Scout resents Alexandra being bossy and trying to set rules.  Jem tried to tell Scout to stay out of Auntyís way so Scout tried to beat him up.  Dill shows up.  He had run away from home because it seemed like his folks didnít want anything to do with him.


Chapter 15


      1.     T / F The lemon-drop plan was not enacted.


      2.     Where did Mr. Heck Tate want to move Tom Robinson to avoid trouble from the "Old Sarum bunch"?


      3.     T / F The group of men who visited Atticus's house on Saturday were his friends.


      4.     T / F Scout sensed the peril surrounding her father.


      5.     To where was Tom moved?


      6.     What did Atticus do after supper that Jem and Scout thought peculiar?


      7.     T / F Jem wanted to go downtown alone, but Scout and Dill wound up going along.


      8.     Why did Atticus need the extension cord?


      9.     T / F The men from the four dusty cars hid Tom from Scout's view.


  10.     From amongst the semi-circle, whom did Scout recognize?


  11.     T / F Scout was the catalyst that helped disperse the crowd.


  12.     Who would have fired from above had the gang of men not shuffled off?





Chapter 16



This is the first day of the trial.  Atticus tells the kids to stay at home and not go downtown, but they sneak away and go.  The courthouse is packed.  All kinds of folks had come out to see the trial.  The white people sat on the first level and the blacks in the balcony.  Jem and Scout and Dill sat in the balcony with Reverend Sykes.  Judge Taylor is presiding over the trial.


Chapter 17


      1.     What two major points did Atticus score in his favor during Heck Tate's testimony?


      2.     T / F The Sheriff's testimony was found to be rather dull, leaving the audience in a relaxed mode.


      3.     Where did the Ewells live?


      4.     What was Mr. Gilmer's trademark?


      5.     How did Mr. Bob Ewell describe his daughter's screaming?


      6.     T / F The crassness with which Robert Ewell described the alleged rape caused quite a stir in the courtroom, forcing Judge Taylor to use his gavel.


      7.     T / F Atticus asked Mr. Ewell some of the same questions that he had asked Heck Tate.


      8.     T / F Establishing that Bob Ewell was left-handed was good enough to convince Scout that the father had raped his daughter.


Chapter 18


      1.     T / F Mayella Violet Ewell was somewhat of a delicate girl who probably couldn't take the trash out.


      2.     T / F The nineteen-year-old Mayella misconstrued routine courtesy.


      3.     T / F Atticus was able to build a portrait of Mayella's home life.


      4.     What habit brought Mr. Ewell into suspicion?


      5.     Judge Taylor felt who was browbeating whom?


      6.     T / F Mr. Gilmer seemed to be prosecuting half-heartedly.


      7.     What is Atticus's perception of Judge Taylor?


      8.     How did Mr. Robinson injure his left arm?


Chapter 19


      1.     What slipped off the Bible?


      2.     Why did Tom have to serve his 30 days for disorderly conduct?


      3.     T / F Tom did bust up an old dresser for Mayella, but it was prior to Nov. 21.


      4.     Scout felt Mayella was lonelier than whom?


      5.     T / F Scout found herself believing Tom partly due to the absence of whining in his voice.


      6.     T / F Tom fixed the old door by putting it back on its hinges.


      7.     T / F Mayella, who initiated the kissing, ordered Tom to reciprocate.


      8.     Once Mayella was blocking Tom's exit, what was Tom's basic predicament?


      9.     T / F Mr. Link Deas's outburst left the door open for a possible mistrial.


  10.     Why was Dill crying?


  11.     What does "thin-hided" mean?


Chapter 20


      1.     T / F Mr. Dolphus Raymond is a cynic, to the degree that he doesn't believe adults could understand his way of living.


      2.     Why did Mr. Raymond entrust the reason for his behavior to Scout and Dill?


      3.     T / F Jem was confident that the defense would win.


      4.     In his closing argument, Atticus referred to a "time-honored code." What is that unwritten law, that code that Mayella violated?


      5.     What institution theoretically assures Thomas Jefferson's dictate?



Chapter 21


      1.     Calpurnia's note was from whom, announcing what?


      2.     When the children returned to the courtroom, the jury had finished deliberating.


      3.     T / F Rev. Sykes felt Judge Taylor was predisposed towards the defense.


      4.     T / F If the jury rendered Tom not guilty, that would be a first for Rev. Sykes.


      5.     T / F Scout's intuition told her that the defendant would be found guilty.


      6.     Why did Jem jerk repeatedly?


      7.     T / F The attending blacks gave reverence toward Atticus as he passed by.



Chapter 22


Jem is devastated by the verdict.  He doesnít understand how the jury found Tom guilty.  The neighbors are busy gossiping about the kids being at the trial.  Word arrives that Bob Ewell spat on Atticus in town and told him heíd get him if it took the rest of his life.


Chapter 23


      1.     T / F Bob Ewell's name calling was sufficient enough to cause Atticus to carry his old pistol.


      2.     Atticus reminded Jem about what ugly facts of life?


      3.     According to Atticus, what constitutes white trash?


      4.     T / F Atticus predictably foresaw the day when blacks would revolt.


      5.     What made Scout indignant?


      6.     How can serving on a jury be unpleasant?


      7.     From Jem's perspective, why does Boo Radley want to stay inside?



Chapter 24


      1.     Why couldn't Scout go to Barker's Eddy, the swimming creek, with Jem and Dill?


      2.     Why was Atticus's face white?




Chapter 25


Jem has become very sensitive.  He doesnít want Scout to kill bugs.  He doesnít want anything innocent to perish.  Atticus went out to tell Helen about Tom.  When she heard the news she fell (or passed out).  Mr. Underwood, the editor of the newspaper, wrote an editorial professing how wrong it was to kill Tom.



Chapter 26


School resumes.  Jem is in the 7th grade and Scout is in the 3rd grade.  Three years have passed.  Scout still wants to see Boo, but the kids have given up with the games.  Hitler is in power in Germany .  Scoutís teacher talks about how wrong it is to persecute people based on race.  Scout later hears her teacher make derogatory remarks about blacks.  Scout doesnít understand how she canít see itís the same things.


Chapter 27


      1.     T / F Bob Ewell pestered Judge Taylor and Helen.


      2.     Who came to Mrs. Robinson's rescue?


      3.     T / F The hounds proved unreliable in locating Tutti's and Frutti's furniture.


      4.     T / F Jem was disappointed that he could not be an agricultural product in Grace Merriweather's pageant.


      5.     Why was Scout nonchalant about Atticus's or Aunt Alexandra's or Calpurnia's attendance at the pageant?



Chapter 28


      1.     Who jumped in glee as he scared Jem and Scout?


      2.     Cold spaghetti was used to represent the innards of a what?


      3.     T / F Jem and Scout, trying to detect the mysterious rustling, also heard the sounds of a dog and a hen.


      4.     What characteristics do we know about the attacker?


      5.     Who carried Jem to the safety of his house?


      6.     What garment did Scout get to wear?


      7.     T / F Scout asked what question repeatedly?


Chapter 29


      1.     T / F Aunt Alexandra had a premonition about the evening's turn of events.


      2.     What caused the "shiny clean line" on the dull wire of the remains of Scout's costume?


      3.     How did Heck Tate describe a man like Bob Ewell's kind?


      4.     T / F Scout assumed it was Jem who had yanked Bob down off of her.


      5.     What blurred Scout's image of Arthur Radley?


Chapter 30


      1.     T / F Scout noted her father's plain introduction of Mr. Arthur Radley.


      2.     T / F Dr. Reynold's casual greeting towards Arthur helped humanize Boo's existence in Scout's mind.


      3.     T / F Aunt Alexandra's influence upon Scout was seen via the latter's cordial politeness towards Boo.


      4.     Explain the curious contest of wills between Heck Tate and Atticus.


      5.     Explain how exactly Bob Ewell died. Be sure to give an account of both knives and all relevant parties.


Chapter 31


      1.     T / F Boo allowed Scout to lead him to Jem's bed.


      2.     With regard to returning to the Radley Place , how did Scout show signs of becoming a lady?


      3.     While standing on the Radley porch, what did Scout learn from her reveries?


      4.     In "The Gray Ghost," Stoner's Boy symbolically represented whom?