Substantive Education

October 4, 2010

Essay Questions – To Kill a Mockingbird

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Students in my Lit 2 Class  an essay due on October 15th on  To Kill a Mockingbird.  Essays should be double spaced, 2-3 pages long.  Choose one of the following questions to analyze.

1. Analyze the childhood world of Jem, Scout, and Dill and their relationship with Boo Radley in Part One.

2. How do Jem and Scout change during the course of the novel? How do they remain the same?

3. What is Atticus’s relationship to the rest of Maycomb? What is his role in the community?

4. Discuss the role of family in To Kill a Mockingbird, paying close attention to Aunt Alexandra.

5. Examine Miss Maudie’s relationship to the Finches and to the rest of Maycomb.

6. Discuss the author’s descriptions of Maycomb. What is the town’s role in the novel?

7. Analyze the author’s treatment of Boo Radley. What is his role in the novel?

8.  Discuss the notions of Justice and Fairness.

9.  Discuss the various forms of discrimination in the book.  Expand your discussion beyond the racial discrimination.


1 Comment »

  1. Great questions! I love the open-ended nature of the questions, yet all the questions do force the student to use textual evidence for support. With vocabulary might not be an issue, but I find that students, no matter how well-prepared, sometimes don’t know words that their teachers beleive they know. Again, great set of questions!

    Comment by Jose M. Blanco — October 4, 2010 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

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