TKAM Chapters 1-2 Discussion Questions for class on Thursday 5/1/14 (40 points) – This is not homework due Thursday, but stuff we’ll do in class on Thursday.

Please answer the following questions on GoogleDocs. Work collaboratively; please no divide and conquer.

In your English folders, create a document called 8-# TKAM Chs 1-2 Names. (example: 8-1 TKAM Chs 1-2 Lily R and Eden E) Share it with me. If your document is not properly titled so that I can identify it easily in my Drive, I will not assess it.

Please, please, please — go beyond the obvious. I’m not interested in the surface-level stuff. Dig deeper. Show me your Upper School level critical reading, thinking, and writing skills; show off your literary analysis skills.

  1. Scout thinks, “Nobody knew what form of intimidation Mr. Radley employed to keep Boo out of sight, but Jem figured that Mr. Radley kept him chained to the bed most of the time. Atticus said no, it wasn’t that sort of thing, that there were other ways of making people into ghosts” (12). What do you think Atticus means? Obviously, Boo Radley is not dead so not literally a ghost – but how has he been made – how has he become – a ghost, metaphorically or symbolically?
  1. Jem and Dill talk about how to get a turtle to come out of its shell. Jem and Dill have very different opinions and perspectives (15). Look at what the boys say. What does this exchange tell us about Dill? What kind of boy is Dill?
  1. How does the morning of Scout’s first day of school go?  What is Miss Caroline like?  Does she “fit in” to Maycomb so far?  Why or why not?  What does Miss Caroline’s ability to fit in or not fit in tell us about Maycomb’s culture? Look at pages 17-24.
  1. Just from what Scout has thought and said about Walter Cunningham and his family in the first two chapters, what do you think about the Cunningham family so far? How would you characterize them so far? Why does Scout think that when she says to Miss Caroline, “Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham” (22), that that one statement would be a sufficient enough explanation as to why Walter won’t take Miss Caroline’s quarter? Look at pages 21 through 24.

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