To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 1 Questions

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Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

These discussion questions will help your students analyze the characters and setting in chapter 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird. The extension questions will further enhance their understanding by challenging their critical thinking skills.

Chapter 1 Character Questions

Let's first look at some questions regarding the first chapter of To Kill a Mockingbird.

  • How old is the narrator and the narrator's brother? Use quotes from the book to support your answer.

  • What profession did Atticus Finch pursue after leaving Finch's Landing? Explain Atticus Finch's level of satisfaction with his career in this chapter. Also note where he invested most of his earnings.

  • Who is Calpurnia, and what is her race? Explain the relationship between her and the narrator. Why do you think their relationship is at this level? Do you think Calpurnia or the narrator should change their interactions with each other? Discuss what changes you believe either or both should make. Be specific.

  • Who is Dill, and in what season is he visiting Maycomb County? Who does he live with and why? How do the Finch siblings think of him? Explain and use quotes from the text to support your answer.

Maycomb County & the Radley House

Okay, let's now take a closer look at some of the questions related to Maycomb County and the Radley house that you should ask your students about after they read Chapter 1.

  • Explain how the narrator felt about Maycomb County. Be specific and use at least three quotes from the chapter in your explanation.

  • The Radley House was a mysterious place in Maycomb County. Why? Be specific in your response. Name the residents who lived in the Radley House and discuss how the narrator explained each of them. Discuss how the family interacts with the residents of Maycomb County.

  • In Chapter 1, we begin to see the disparity between white Maycomb County residents and Negroes. Quote the phrase that lends itself to this notion. Do you believe the interaction between the two races is fair? Why or why not?

Extension Questions

Once you discuss Atticus Finch's profession in the questions we outlined earlier in this video, consider this:

  • Do you know anyone with this career or have you observed someone with this profession? Based on your knowledge, describe their job description. What are the pros and cons of this career? Would you consider this type of career after you graduate? Why or why not?

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