Questions from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird (Chapter 9-10)

  1. How well does Atticus feel he should defend Tom Robinson? Is it usual for (white) lawyers to do their best for black clients in Alabama at this time?
  2. Scout and Jem have “mixed feelings” about Christmas. What are these feelings and why?
  3. When Francis talks to Scout, he reveals an unpleasant feature of Aunt Alexandra. What is this feature?
  4. Read the final sentence of chapter 9. Explain in your own words what it means and why it might be important in terms of how Atticus hopes to raise his children.
  5. In chapter 10 Atticus tells his children that “it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” What reason does he give for saying this?
  6. Why does Heck Tate not want to shoot Tim Johnson?
  7. Jem and Scout have different views about telling people at school how well Atticus can shoot. Explain this difference.   
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