To Kill a Mockingbird Study Guide Questions

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Instructor: Jason Lineberger

Jason has 20 years of education experience including 14 years of teaching college literature.

Harper Lee's novel has an engaging plot and layers of meaning for students to uncover. This study guide includes a series of chronological questions that can be used to test for understanding, or that can function as a reading guide.

To Kill a Mockingbird

While To Kill a Mockingbird is a popular book, it also has some sprawl to it. The questions we will present here are in chronological order with the novel. They should help your students keep track of characters, plot points, conflicts, and ideas.

Use these questions to check for understanding, or as a guide for reading. After that, are thematic questions that will push your students to start thinking on a higher level about the issues in this novel.

Plot Questions

  • Who lives in the Finch house? What town do they live in?
  • How is Dill connected to the Finch family?
  • Who lives at the Radley place? What stories have the children heard about the inhabitant?
  • What does Scout find in the knothole of the tree?
  • What happens when Dill, Scout, and Jem sneak onto the Radley property?

  • What does Scout believe Boo Radley did on the night of the fire in their neighborhood?
  • Who is Calpurnia? How does she fit into the Finch household?
  • Atticus agrees to defend Tom Robinson. What crime has Tom been charged with? Why is this case controversial?
  • The night before the trial, what major event happens at the Maycomb jail? How does Atticus handle this event? What part does Scout play that evening?

  • Who are Bob and Mayella Ewell?
  • What evidence does Atticus present at the trial to show that the Ewells are lying?
  • At trial, Atticus notices the marks on Mayella's face. What does she claim to be the cause of those marks? What does Atticus suspect is the actual cause?

  • What piece of irrefutable evidence does Atticus present in the defense of Tom?
  • What verdict does the jury hand down in Tom's case?
  • What happens to Tom as a result of the trial?
  • How is Jem affected by the jury's decision?

  • What actions does Bob Ewell take as a result of the events of the trial?
  • What happens to Bob Ewell when he attacks the children on Halloween?
  • What lesson does Scout ultimately learn from the trial and her interactions with Boo Radley?

Thematic Questions

Now for some thematic questions that go deeper into the issues in the novel.

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