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To Kill A Mockingbird: Chapter Questions 22-25
Transcript of To Kill A Mockingbird: Chapter Questions 22-25
22-25 1. Why did Jem cry? 2.What was "round the back steps" when Calpurnia came in on Monday morning? 3. What was the significance of Maudie's two little cakes and one large one? 4. Describe Bob Ewell's meeting with Atticus at the post office? Jem cried because the judge and jury had found Tom Robinson guilty, regardless of the fact Tom was innocent. Jem felt that the trial was unjust because the jury was prejudiced against Tom Robinson. Jem couldn't understand how the people of Maycomb could be so racist towards the black community. There were gifts from the black community "round the back steps," when Calpurnia arrived at the house. The gifts were sent to Atticus because the black community appreciated all his hard work and everything he did for the Tom Robinson case. The two small cakes Miss Maudie gave to Scout and Dill because they were still children. The larger cake was for Jem and it signified that Jem had grown up and had lost his childhood innocence that Dill and Scout still have. When Atticus and Bob Ewell met at the post office, Mr.Ewell had stopped Atticus and spat at his face and proceeded to warn Atticus that he would "get him if it took him the rest of his life." .Atticus' reaction to Mr. Ewell's threats was calm and not worrisome. Atticus explained to Jem and Scout that Mr. Ewell was just angry at the time and wasn't actually going to pursue his threats. Atticus declares "if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take.", meaning Atticus would rather Mr. Ewell take out his anger on him, then one of Mr. Ewell's own children. 6.Alexandra doesn't want Scout playing with Walter Cunningham. Why not? Aunt Alexandra doesn't want Scout to play with Walter Cunningham, because she believes his family is below the standards of their own. She also believes that Walter would teach Scout many bad habits, on top of the ones she has already developed. 7. Jem said "I think I"m beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up in the house all the time...it's because he wants to stay inside." Why does he say that? Jem is reacting to the result of the trial and questioning the nature of the people of Maycomb. Scout and Jem go into discussion about the nature of people and Scout concludes that she believes "there's just one kind of folks. Folks." Jem says: "If folks are all alike why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time. It's because he wants to stay inside." Jem realizes it's in people's nature to hate each other. Jem is suggesting that it's because of the nature of people that Boo stays inside. Boo was once respected just like any other citizen of Maycomb just like Scout, Jem and Atticus. Jem is finding himself in Boo's shoes after all the gossip that floats around the town after the trial. The nature of people is exposing itself very harshly to Jem through Mr. Ewell spitting on Atticus to Jem and Scout being ridiculed at school. The same can be said for what happened to Boo Radely, the nature of people led to constant gossip and ridicule of him in a somewhat similar fashion to the Finches. Jem realizes that Boo stays inside to avoid the harsh nature of people and to try and live his life in peace. 8. Mrs. Merriweather of the missonary circle complains her cooks and field hands. What does this tell us about her? This tells us that Miss Merriweather is a spoiled brat. She also treats her cooks and field hands as being less than equal to her. Miss Merriweather is also very critical of other people. When she said " you are not being a good christian today" to her cook, Sophy she was being incredibly harsh on the poor girl. Surely if Miss Merriweather was in the same shoes as Sophy she would be the one complaining. Miss Merriweather has no tolerance of black people. 9. What happened to Tom Robinson? Tom Robinson tried to escape the prison by running headlong towards the fence during exercise time. Just upon climbing over the fence he was shot seventeen times by the prison guard and died as result. 10. What more do we learn about Alexandra after Atticus and Calpurnia leave? We learn that Aunt Alexandra is a very strong and composed lady. She immediately goes back to serving the guests. On a more personal note, we learn she truly supports her brother and is a loving sister. She says " I can't say I approve of everything he does, Maudie, but he's my brother, and I just want to know when this will ever end." 11. What did Mr.Underwood's editorial say? Scout remarks that Mr. Underwood figured "it was a sin to kill cripples, be they standing, sitting or escaping. He likened Tom's death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children." Quote 1:
"Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella opened her mouth and screamed." Scout is realizing that the true meaning of Mr. Underwood's editorial is that: "Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secrets courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case." The nature of people and their hatred towards negroes had given Tom no chance. In the end, only the racism of the jury prevailed in court. Quote 2: "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco" was all Atticus said about it." Atticus has just been spat on by Bob Ewell for defending Mr. Robinson. This quote provides insight into Atticus' truly calm nature. Nothing can make Atticus angry; he also understands people, he explains: " I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback." What was Atticus' reaction to Ewell's threats?