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To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 4 - 6


1) p. 44-45: What does Scout find on her way home from school one afternoon? Where does she find them? Why does Jem tell
her to gargle after she puts them in her mouth?

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2) p. 45-47: What do Scout and Jem find on their last day of school? Why couldnt these items have belonged to Cecil Jacobs?
According to Jem, why might they have been there? Why does he believe they must have been important to someone?

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3) p. 49-54: Explain what happens when Scout is rolled in the tire by Jem and Dill. After the incident with the tire, what new game
does Jem want to play with Scout and Dill? How is that game played? What are the two reasons Scout wants to quit playing it?

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4) p. 55: What logical argument does Jem make to justify continuing the game, in spite of Atticuss disapproval? How do they
change the game?

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5) p. 54-60: Refer to the quote on p. 54, Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, thats why other
people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with. Then, on p. 55, talking
about Dill, Scout claims, He staked me out, marked as his property, and said I was the only girl he would love, then he
neglected me. From these two quotes, we can see that Scout is starting to realize that her gender affects the way both Jem and
Dill interact with her. What do you think the author could be trying to convey about the way women were viewed and treated by
men in this era? According to Miss Maudie, how were women viewed by Foot-washing Baptists?

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6) p. 60-61: When explaining the difference between regular Baptists and Foot-washing Baptists to Scout, Miss Maudie says,
sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand ofoh, of your father. What do you
think she is trying to say here? Could the strictness of Mr. Radleys religious convictions have had a negative psychological
impact on Boo (Arthur)?

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7) p.62-66: Explain Jems plan to give Boo Radley a note. Does the plan succeed? What does Jem accidentally confess when he
is interrogated by Atticus? Why do you think Atticus says, You want to be a lawyer, dont you? Would Jem be a good lawyer?

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8) p. 68-69: What plan do Jem and Dill have for Dills last night in Maycomb? Why did they wait until the last night of summer to
follow through with it?

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9) p. 70-72: Why doesnt their plan succeed? How does Jem lose his pants in the process?

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10) p. 73-76: What reason did Mr. Nathan Radley give the neighbors for firing his shotgun? How does Jem explain his missing
pants to the adults in the street? Why is Jem intent on going back to get his pants, in spite of the danger?

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Discussion Question
Read the following explanation of gender roles: Gender roles are cultural and personal. They determine how males and
females should think, speak, dress, and interact within the context of society. Learning plays a role in this process of shaping
gender roles. These gender schemas are deeply embedded cognitive frameworks regarding what defines masculine and
feminine. While various socializing agentsparents, teachers, peers, movies, television, music, books, and religionteach and
reinforce gender roles throughout the lifespan, parents probably exert the greatest influence, especially on their very young
offspring Gender roles adopted during childhood normally continue into adulthood. At home, people have certain presumptions
about decision-making, child-rearing practices, financial responsibilities, and so forth. At work, people also have presumptions
about power, the division of labor, and organizational structures. None of this is meant to imply that gender roles, in and of
themselves, are good or bad; they merely exist. Gender roles are realities in almost everyone's life.
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What sorts of gender roles currently exist in Japanese society? Have general expectations regarding the roles of males and
females in society changed over time? Do gender roles in Japan differ from those existing in other countries? Give examples.