- After the trial, how do the children and Atticus respond to Bob Ewell’s threats?
2. What happens to Scout and Jem on the way home from the school pageant? What does the incident reveal about Boo Radley?
3. How does Scout treat Boo after the incident? How have her feelings about Boo changed?
4. Do you believe that Sheriff Tate and Atticus made the best decision about how to report Bob Ewell’s death? Why or why not?
5. Because of Atticus, the white jury took much longer than expected to reach its decision in Tom’s case. Miss Maudie sees this as a “baby step” forward for the community. Do you think the cause of justice is best advanced through such “baby steps”? Explain.
Here are the annotated lyrics to the song “Strange Fruit”; after listening to the song and reading the lyrics & annotations, add a response here.
Questions to consider:
1. What do the words “strange fruit” in the song refer to?
2. What kind of images does the song create? How does it make you feel?
3. What is the general mood created by the song? How does the music contribute to the overall effect?
4. Why might this song have become popular during the civil rights movement?
- What tense situation occurs at the county jail? How does Scout help her father in this scene?
2. How does Atticus show that Tom Robinson could not have committed the crime he is accused of?
3. According to Atticus, what is Mayella’s motive for accusing Tom? What assumption does Atticus fear the jury will make?
4. What strategies does the author use to make sure readers will feel some sympathy for Mayella Ewell?