To Kill a Mockingbird
Study Questions & Essay Topics
1. Discuss Atticus’s parenting style. What is his relationship to his children like? How does he seek to instill conscience in them?
2. Analyze the trial scene and its relationship to the rest of the novel.
3. Discuss the author’s portrayal of the black community and the characters of Calpurnia and Tom Robinson. Are they realistic or idealized?
Suggested Essay Topics
1. Analyze the childhood world of Jem, Scout, and Dill and their relationship with Boo Radley in Part One.
2. How do Jem and Scout change during the course of the novel? How do they remain the same?
3. What is Atticus’s relationship to the rest of Maycomb? What is his role in the community?
4. Discuss the role of family in To Kill a Mockingbird, paying close attention to Aunt Alexandra.
5. Examine Miss Maudie’s relationship to the Finches and to the rest of Maycomb.
6. Discuss the author’s descriptions of Maycomb. What is the town’s role in the novel?
7. Analyze the author’s treatment of Boo Radley. What is his role in the novel?
by ksimpson1995, August 21, 2012
Appearance vs. Reality is also another theme in the book. Some examples are: Scout's misconception of her father being old, tired, and never having time to teach her as she told Miss Caroline. And also the misconception of Boo Radley never leaving his home. Another is Jem's judgement of Mrs Dubose. He thought she was just mean but she really had an addiction to morphine.
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