To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 5 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.

If your students are reading 'To Kill a Mockingbird', these questions will help them think critically about chapter 5. Utilize the questions with a single student, provide the questions to student teams, or engage in a whole group discussion.

Jem, Scout and Dill

  • Define parental authority. What are Jem and Scout's point of view as it relates to Atticus' authority? Discuss each of their points of view separately and use specific quotes to explain your answers.
  • Jem, Dill and Scout's relationship changes over the summer. Explain how and why. Be specific, and include in your response an analysis of how these three characters relate to each other.
  • Describe at least 3 stories Dill tells Scout. What does Scout think of the stories Dill shares with her? Does she believe him? Does she confront him?
  • Explain Scout's personality in this chapter. Has it changed? If so, for the better or worse? If not, do you believe it should change? Discuss in detail.

The Big Event

  • What is the big event Scout, Jem and Dill are planning? Discuss the details of their plan. Once they institute the plan, are they successful? Discuss why or why not.
  • As it relates to the above question, how does Atticus' response compare to his overall perception of being neighborly? Is it consistent with what you've seen in previous chapters? Explain.
  • What is Boo Bradley's real name? Who know his real name, and what does she say about him in this chapter?

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