TKAM Discussion Questions for Chapters 16-19 (for class on Wed 5/14 — this is not homework).

Please work in your small group to discuss and annotate your responses to the following questions. You may write directly in your book or take separate notes, but everyone must record the responses for themselves.

1. What do we learn about the Ewells’ yard on page 194 (about half-way down the page)?  What is significant about this aspect of their yard that “bewildered Maycomb”?  How does this aspect of their yard relate to Mayella Ewell?  (Look at page 203 and 218, too.)

2. Scout thinks Mayella must be “the loneliest person in the world” (218). Why does she think this? What do you think? Do you agree or disagree and why?

3. What mistake does Tom Robinson make in his testimony on page 224? How is this a mistake?

4. Why does Dill cry? (See page 225-26.) What does this tell us about Dill? Think about what we’ve learned about Dill thus far in the novel — remember the turtle thing?



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