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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Homework Activity Workbook

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Atticus FinchFather of Jem and Scout, Atticus Finch sits on the Alabama State Legislature and acts as Maycomb's leading attorney. The epitome of moral character, Atticus teaches his children and his community how to stand up for one's beliefs in the face of prejudice and ignorance by defending a black man, Tom Robinson, wrongfully accused of raping a white woman. The voice of reason in the town of Maycomb and in the novel, Atticus dispels the wisdom and logic that is the core of the novel. He is a man that goes beyond the word tolerance; tolerance is merely to put up with something. Atticus looks at everyone and tries to understand who they are and where they are coming from and he quietly and subtly passes on wisdom to his children about taboo subjects like racism.Having lost his wife when Scout was two years old, Atticus devotes himself to his children despite criticism from family and neighbours who think his children lack discipline and proper guidance.He is looked up to by his family and his friends who "trust him to do right". Atticus Finch sets a standard of morality that no other character in the book comes close to matching. Atticus is a studious man whose behaviour is governed by reason. Once he decides that a given course of action is right, he perseveres regardless of threats or criticisms. But Atticus is not a crusader. He does not go looking for causes to champion. The Tom Robinson case was not one he volunteered to handle- the judge assigned him the case because he felt Atticus would do his best to win. Atticus's desire to avoid conflict when possible is another quality that the author obviously wants us to admire. Atticus stands as one of literature's strongest and most positive father figures.Although Atticus seems mellow and even old-fashioned, many of his beliefs are quite revolutionary. He allows Calpurnia to truly be a member of his family. He gives her full respect and fair treatment at all times. When Cal takes his children to her church, he seems unaffected. It is all part of his consistent code of conduct. At times, Atticus may almost seem a caricature of goodness. Never once does he falter or think ill of people. But in Harper Lee's capable hands, Atticus seems believable and true.Activities 1. In Scout's account of her childhood, her father Atticus reigns supreme.(a) How would you characterise his abilities as a single parent? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

(b) How would you describe his treatment of Calpurnia and Tom Robinson vis a vis his treatment of his white neighbours and colleagues? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(c) How would you typify his views on race and class in the larger context of his community and his peers? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2. Describe Atticus's relationship with his children. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. Did Atticus make an error of judgement in regard to the safety of his client and his children? Could he have kept his own children, and his client Tom, safer? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________4. In failing to arrest Boo Radley at the end, Sheriff Tate is breaking the law, as is Atticus, who knows the truth of Ewell's murder. Do you agree with some critics that Atticus' actions are "wrong" as well as illegal? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________5. When Scout complains about her teacher, Atticus tells her that "if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of viewuntil you climb into his skin and walk around in it" (p. 33). (a) Where in the novel does Atticus himself demonstrate this kind of empathy? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(b) How does he regard those who criticize, ridicule, or threaten him? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(c) How would this ability to empathize with others help solve the problems that arise from racism and prejudice? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Scout FinchBefore you make up your mind about Scout, you should remember that the voice we hear narrating the story is actually that of the grownup Scout - Jean Louise Finch - looking back on events that happened years earlier. Some of the opinions and ideas expressed in the novel are really those of the older Jean Louise. You should judge Scout by her actions and quoted words in the story, keeping these separate from the opinions of the narrator.Originally named Jean Louise Finch, Scout is the narrator. In the story she is looking back as an adult to the two years of her life when she learned about courage and kindness and the importance of doing what is right. She learned from her father and her neighbours that doing what is right isn't always rewarded, but it's the right thing to do and that protecting innocence is a large part of that.Jean Louise Finch, whose nickname is Scout, is only five-and-a-half years old when the novel begins, but she is already a complex and interesting personality. Her habit of speaking her mind in the presence of grownups makes Scout often seem older than her years. In recalling her first day in the first grade, Scout thinks of herself and her schoolmates as little adults, who must take care of the confused first-year teachers. Later, when she is unjustly punished for getting into a fight with a cousin, Scout takes it upon herself to explain to her uncle why his methods of handling children are wrong. After these incidents we are only mildly surprised when Scout is able to find the right words to turn away a lynch mob that has come to kill Tom Robinson. Scout is also something of an outsider. A tomboy, she is still not completely accepted by her brother Jem and their friend Dill. We never hear of her having any close friends her own age, either boys or girls. And in contrast to Jem, who is constantly disappointed by the shortcomings of human nature, Scout seems to take bad news in stride.Activities 1. How important is it to the novel that the narrator, Scout Finch, is a child at the time the events of the story take place? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2. How is Scout able to maintain her positive outlook on life after the terrible events she witnesses in Maycomb? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. What are the conflicting messages Scout receives about "being