To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 3 Questions

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

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

Chapter 3 discussion questions will certainly enhance student critical thinking skills and confirm their understanding of the chapter. Also the extension questions will promote lively one-on-one, team, or whole group discussions.

The Fight That Changed Everything

  • Who is Jean Louise?
  • At the beginning of the chapter, why did Jean Louise fight Walter? What did Jem think about the fight? What act of kindness was extended to Walter after the fight? Name the person who offered the gesture and explain their reasoning.
  • Walter and Jean Louise are in the same class at school; however, which passage leads you to believe Walter's much older? Why do you think Walter is in the same class as Jean Louise? What does this say about the Maycomb County school system? At this point in the chapter, what does Jean Louise think of Walter? Have her feelings changed? Explain your answer and use specific quotes from the chapter to support your answer.
  • According to Atticus, the Ewells do not follow Maycomb County laws. What laws do the Ewell's break? List each one of them. What does Atticus say about adults who do not abide by the law? Explain how Atticus feels about the Ewell children as it relates to their father's misdeeds.

Quotes, Themes & Legal Jargon

  • On what page does Calpurnia mention the phrase 'high and mighty?' Explain what she meant and discuss how the comment correlates with how Atticus thinks about the community in Maycomb County, specifically his clients.
  • Jean Louise explained to Atticus what a miserable day she had at school and about Miss Caroline's rude demeanor. Atticus gave Jean Louise advice and mentioned 'climb into his skin and walk around in it.' Explain the meaning of this phrase in the context of this chapter. What additional advice did Atticus give Jean Louise?
  • Atticus speaks to his children using legal jargon. Why do you believe he uses terms they do not understand? Has his communication style helped or hurt them as it relates to their interaction with others? Be specific.

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