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Go Set a Watchman Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Go Set a Watchman' is a sequel to the Pulitzer prize-winning 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Go Set a Watchman

Like its prequel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee provides commentary on race relations in the South during the civil rights movement. These questions will help lead a class discussion about the novel.

Chapters 1-6

  • Who is Jean Louise Finch? How has she changed since To Kill a Mockingbird?
  • Why is Jean Louise on a train? What challenges does she face as she travels alone?
  • Who meets Jean Louise at the station?
  • Describe the relationship between Jean Louise and Henry.
  • Compare Atticus Finch's reception of Jean Louise to Alexandra's.
  • How do Jean Louise and Atticus feel about the latest Supreme Court decision? Why?
  • How did Jem's death affect the Finch household?
  • Why doesn't Aunt Alexandra approve of Henry? How does Jean Louise respond?
  • What does Henry and Jean Louise's conversation about women and marriage reveal about each of them?
  • Who is Dill? Why do you think the memory of Tarzan and the baptism stood out to Scout?
  • Why is Jean Louise upset to learn that Finch's Landing is now part of a country club?
  • What rumor is spreading through Maycomb about Jean Louise? How does she react?

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