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    Chapter 1

    The novel opens with the narrator, ____________________________, relating that when her brother _____ was thirteen he broke his arm badly at the __________. Scout withholds the exact cause of his accident, transitioning instead to her memories of the events leading up to Jem’s injury and their childhood in __________, Alabama in the 1930s. Scout tells the story as an __________, but within the narrative she is a little girl who’s just __________ years old at the beginning of the novel and eight years old at the end. Scout has been thinking about the story ever since, and even though she and her brother disagree about where exactly the story begins, Scout takes it all the way back to General ____________________, whose war against the __________ Tribe led Scout’s ancestor, ____________________, to sail to Alabama, where he established a homestead, Finch’s Landing, and grew rich on slave labor. The _____________ altered the family’s fortunes, but still left them solidly upper middle class. Atticus became a __________, and his brother became a __________.

    Scout introduces us to _______________, “a tired old town” where people shuffle around with nothing to do, and to _____________, her family’s servant, an African American woman with a hand as “wide as a ______________ and twice as hard.” Calpurnia is the disciplinarian in their household, the female figure who picks up the slack left behind by Scout’s ___________, who died when she was ______. Scout doesn’t remember her mother, but Jem does, and this sometimes affects their relationship. In the summer, the Finch children are bounded by Mrs. ____________ house two doors to the north and by the ___________ house three doors to the south when they’re outside playing. This suits them fine, and they spend most of their days playing together just the two of them, having no friends their age living within that radius. That is, until ___________ arrives.

    Charles Baker “Dill” Harris is from Meridian, Mississippi, and is visiting his Aunt __________ for the summer. His arrival sparks renewed fascination with the _______________ house and the stories circulating about it around Maycomb. According to one of them, __________ Radley, Mr. Radley’s son, was caught making trouble one night with his friends the _____________ when they locked Maycomb’s ___________ in the courthouse outhouse. As punishment, Boo’s friends were sent to the state industrial school. Boo himself stayed home and hasn’t been seen since. Jem says that when Boo was thirty-three he plunged a pair of _____________ into his father’s leg one day for no good reason. Mr. Radley had simply been walking by, and Boo _____________ him. When the police came, he was just sitting there, working on his _____________ as if nothing had happened. This story scares the kids and makes them reluctant to pass the Radley house. Even after Mr. Radley dies and is replaced by Boo’s older brother, Mr. ____________ Radley, the kids fear the house enough to feel the need to run past it as fast as possible.

    In fact, the kids are scared enough that when Dill dares Jem to touch the house, at first he doesn’t want to do it. Dill has to goad him into it, and even then, Jem does it at top speed, running up and slapping the side of the Radley house before sprinting back to his own porch. The kids think they see a _____________ move inside the Radley house, but then everything goes still.

     

     

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    _____________________________. One example of this is "the grass grew on the sidewalks, the courthouse sagged in the square."

    Allusions

    _____________________________ (1767 - 1845). A prominent American general and statesman and the 7th President of the United States. In 1802 Jackson was elected the major general of the Tennessee militia, which he later led during the War of 1812. His service in the war brought him national fame and led to his presidential campaign in 1824, which he lost to John Quincy Adams in what’s known as the “corrupt bargain.” In 1828, he defeated Adams and was elected President. Scout refers to him at the beginning of the novel both to segue into her family’s history and to establish herself as an authoritative narrator.

    _____________________________. Fought on October 14th, 1066, between the armies of Duke William II of Normandy and Harold Godwinson, then King of the Anglo-Saxons, the Battle of Hastings marked the beginning of the Norman conquest of England. The battle was the result of a succession crisis following the death of King Edward of England and is considered one of the single most important battles in English history. That the Finches don’t have any ancestors on either side of the battle is a source of some shame to some members of the family, but doesn’t concern Scout very much.

    _____________________________. An English county bordered by the Celtic Sea and the English Channel. Simon Finch was from Cornwall—a fact Scout mentions to indicate that he wasn’t from a respectable family.

    _____________________________. In particular, the “Red Stick” Creeks, a faction of the larger Native American tribe that fought in the Creek War, also known as the Creek Civil War. Andrew Jackson fought in this war as general of the Tennessee militia. Were it not for this war, Scout says, her ancestor Simon never would’ve come to Alabama or founded Finch’s Landing.

    _____________________________(1931). One of many film adaptations of the popular Bram Stoker novel of the same name. Dill tells Jem and Scout the entire plot of the film, including the part where Dracula turns to dust. Dill uses this information to impress Jem and Scout and earn entry into their group.

    _____________________________  (1875 - 1950). An American writer best known for his creation of the character Tarzan. His works provide some of the source material for the dramas or plays the kids put on over the summer.

    _____________________________ by _____________________________. One of a series of eleven kids’ books about the character Seckatary Hawkins, a fat boy with a big cowlick who relates the adventures of his group of friends. Lee was a fan of these books, and her characters share her appreciation of the series.

    _____________________________. Members of the Methodist denomination of the Protestant Church. Scout’s ancestor, Simon, was a Methodist and fled Cornwall, England, to avoid persecution by the Catholic Church.

    _____________________________ (1822 - 1897). The pseudonym of scholar and writer William Taylor Adams, who published over 100 books for boys in his lifetime. Oliver Optic was the most often used of his many pseudonyms and was also the name of a periodical, Oliver Optic’s Magazine, in which many of his works were published.

    _____________________________. A series of popular books for boys by Arthur M. Winfield, a pseudonym of Edward Stratemeyer, publisher and founder of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which published The Rover Boys series.

    _____________________________. A series of book written by the author Edgar Rice Burroughs and featuring the popular character Tarzan. This series is a favorite of Scout, Jem, and Dill’s.

    _____________________________. A series of popular books for boys centered around the character Tom Swift, who was created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer, the creator of The Rover Boys books series. Tom Swift books were written by many different ghostwriters, who wrote collectively under the name Victor Appleton.

    _____________________________. The pseudonym used by the collective of writers who produced the Tom Swift series.

    Conflict

    __________________________________________________________. Maycomb’s gossip mill has not been kind to the Radleys, and in particular to Boo Radley, whose juvenile arrest record, violent tendencies, and seeming imprisonment have become the subject of much discussion, particularly amongst the children. Maycomb’s youth has built up the very idea of Boo Radley to the point of being monstrous, so even though none of them have met Boo, they all fear him. When pets start dying, everyone suspects the Radleys, which is a good indication of how suspicious Maycomb’s citizens are of the reclusive family.

    __________________________________________________________. One of the more innocuous major conflicts in the novel is that between Scout and Calpurnia, the Finches’ stern, hard-handed servant. Calpurnia is the primary disciplinarian in the house, charged with keeping the peace, teaching the children about good manners, and making sure they stay out of trouble. In part because of this, and in part because Scout doesn’t like rules in general and lost her female role model (her mother) early, her relationship with Calpurnia is strained. She doesn’t like being told to be quiet or to act like a girl, and Calpurnia, despite her obvious affection for the Finch children, can’t replace their mother. Scout and Calpurnia will eventually come to a kind of truce, but in these early chapters, when Scout has yet to mature, there’s still some conflict.

    _____________________________. In the first few paragraphs, Scout foreshadows the events that lead to Jem breaking his arm. This doesn’t happen until the end of the novel, which makes the entire novel a lead-up to that event.

    _____________________________. One example of this would be the idiom “up the creek,” which means in an awkward position. In Scout’s version of Simon Finch’s story, General Jackson pushes the Native American Creek tribe “up the creek,” meaning that he’d driven them into a bad position.

    _____________________________. Scout puns on the word “creek” and the Native American tribe the Creeks.

    Themes

    _____________________________. Friendship is one of the most important themes in the novel. It’s established early with the arrival of Dill, a little boy going on seven years old who becomes Scout and Jem’s best friend in the first chapter. Dill is something of a joker, a teller of tall-tales and player of games, and even dares Jem to touch Boo Radley’s house. Their friendship provides some much-needed levity to an otherwise serious novel and helps bind the Finch children together even as they develop different interests.

    _____________________________. Maycomb seems to thrive on gossip. In this chapter, the gossip is focused mainly on the Radleys, who, thanks in part to their son Boo, have become outcasts, feared for their strange behavior and unpleasant history. The Radleys themselves don’t participate in the town gossip mill, which only distances them further from the rest of the community.

    _____________________________. It’s established early in the narrative that Atticus went to study law in Montgomery and that he is a remarkably good lawyer (perhaps too good for a small town like Maycomb). He’s a member of the State Legislature and appears to be the most prominent lawyer in Maycomb. Later, we’ll see how the respect Atticus merits as a lawyer leads to his involvement in the Tom Robinson case.

    _____________________________. When the Finch children aren’t inside reading with Atticus, they’re outside playing in nature. It’s customary for them to spend time climbing trees, swimming in the creek, and playing in the dirt, which makes nature an important part of their lives. Later on in the novel, the oppressive summer heat will become a character in itself as it affects Tom Robinson’s trial.

    _____________________________. Superstition is another major theme in the novel, though it primarily affects the children. Jem and Scout have a lot of strange superstitions, mostly about death, ghosts, and the Radley place, which is figured almost like a haunted house, with shadows moving in the windows. Their superstitions make it difficult for them to understand Boo Radley at first and contribute to their fear.

     

     
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    Chapter 2

    Dill leaves Maycomb at the end of summer. In the wake of his departure, Scout’s only comfort is the thought of starting _______________. Her brother walks her to class on the first day, explaining that, as a _________________ grader, she isn’t to hover around him at recess, talk about their home lives, or embarrass him in any way. He’s in the _________________ grade and doesn’t want to be associated with the little kids. This fact takes Scout by surprise, as does her misunderstanding with her first grade teacher, Miss _________________ . Miss _________________ is new in town and doesn’t understand that _________________  _________________ , one of the boys in the class, won’t take anything off of anyone, not even the _________________ Miss Caroline offers him to get lunch in town. Miss Caroline assumes Scout is being insolent and whacks her on the hand with a _________________ . Later, when class lets out, Scout sees Miss Caroline sink into her chair, discouraged by her first day, but there’s bad blood between them now, and Scout doesn’t feel sorry for her.



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    Chapter 3

    Scout chases down Walter Cunningham and grinds his face into the dirt at _______________ because of what happened with Miss Caroline. Jem stops her from beating him up, however, citing the fact that their _______________ know each other (Scout said in Chapter 2 that Walter’s family were so poor that they paid Atticus for his services with gifts of wood, holly, and chestnuts). Jem then invites Walter to _______________, bragging on the way home about how he once touched the _______________ house. At lunch (which Scout calls “_______________ ”), Scout criticizes Walter for pouring _______________ over his entire plate. Calpurnia is livid because of this and punishes Scout by making her eat in the _______________ instead of at the dinner table. Scout thinks this is reason enough to fire Calpurnia, but Atticus refuses to.

    Back at school, Miss Caroline screams, “It’s alive!” as if she’s seen a _______________. In fact, it’s a cootie living in _______________ _______________  hair. None of the kids are bothered by this, least of all _________________ _________________, but it leaves Miss Caroline shaken up. She’s not prepared to face one of the Ewell clan of children who________________________________________________________________________

    ___________________________________________________________. Burris doesn’t leave until Miss Caroline starts _______________ and the other kids have to comfort her. Back home, Scout is even more confused when _______________ says she missed Scout. When her father tells her it’s time to read, it’s too much for her, and she goes to sulk on the front porch. She and Atticus strike a compromise: if ___________________________________________________

     

     

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    Chapter 4

    Unsurprisingly, Scout finds the Dewey Decimal System boring and finds school to be a waste of time. One day, while running past the _________________ house on her way home, she spots a bit of _________________ in the _________________ of an oak tree on the Radley lot. Inside, Scout finds two pieces of _________________ _________________ . It’s unclear at first who leaves her this gift. Jem doesn’t believe she found it and makes her _________________ out when he gets home from school, but later, when they find more tinfoil with a pair of I_________________ _________________, he becomes curious. He knows there aren’t many people who go by there (Cecil Jacobs walks a mile out of his way to avoid the Radley house), which makes it especially strange.

    Two days after Jem and Scout find the Indian heads, Dill arrives from Meridian. He tells them a bunch of tall tales about seeing conjoined twins and riding with the train engineer, then pretends to predict the future. Jem scorns these superstitions, explaining to Dill about Hot Steams, which are _________________ _________________ _________________ . Tired of talking and playacting, they decide to roll around in a _________________ , which leads to Scout accidentally rolling too fast onto the _________________ . When Scout recovers she runs out of the yard, leaving the tire for Jem to retrieve.

    After this, the children act out a play, _________________ _________________ _________________ , based on the rumors about the Radleys (in particular, _________________  attack on Mr. Radley). Whenever _________________ Radley walks by, they pause in the middle of a scene so he won’t know what they’re doing. Atticus figures it out, though, and this is Scout’s second reason for wanting to quit the game—the first, she says, is the fact that when she rolled onto the Radley property, she heard someone inside the house _________________ . She assumes this is Boo.

     

     

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    Chapter 5

    That summer, Dill _________________ to Scout and then forgets about it. Despite Scout’s attempts to jog his memory by beating him up, Dill ignores her and grows closer and closer to _________________. This frees her to spend more time with their neighbor, Miss _________________ _________________ , a middle-aged woman who likes to _________________ and lets the Finch children run through her yard as much as they like as long as they don’t disturb her _________________. Miss Maudie knew Scout’s uncle, Jack Finch, a strange man who _________________ to her every Christmas by shouting across the street. She never married him and is, in fact, a widow, having been married to a man we never meet, but that doesn’t stop Uncle Jack from trying to get her goat, so to speak.

    One evening, Scout asks Miss Maudie if Boo is alive, and she explains that his real name is Mr. _________________ Radley and that of course he’s alive. His father, Mr. Radley, was a foot-washing _________________ (as opposed to a regular _________________ like Miss Maudie), and this appears to have had some effect on Boo, though it’s unclear what it is, exactly. According to Miss _________________ , most of the gossip about Boo comes from _________________ _________________ and the African American community, which is commonly believed to be more superstitious than the rest of Maycomb. Miss Maudie didn’t put any stock in this gossip, though.

    The next morning, Jem and Dill tell her about their cockamamie plan to send Boo a note through _________________ _________________  on the side of the Radley house. Jem plans to do this by sticking the note to an old _________________ and trying to drop it onto the windowsill. This is, unsurprisingly, ineffective, and _________________ catches them in the act. He gives them a long lecture about not tormenting Boo, and then uses his skill as a lawyer to trick the truth about the play out of Jem. Jem, who used to say that he wanted to be a _________________ like Atticus, waits until Atticus is out of earshot to yell that he isn’t so sure he wants to be a lawyer after the way Atticus treated him.

     

     

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    Chapter 6

    On Dill's last night in Maycomb, the kids all go down to Miss Rachel's ____________________. After that, the boys want to peep into the Radley house, and they go sneaking into the ____________________. Jem and Scout hoist ____________________up so that he can see through the broken shutter. When Dill doesn't see anything, they try the back window, where they nearly get caught by ________________________________________.

    The kids narrowly manage to escape. Scout trips amongst ____________________, and Jem gets his ____________________ caught in the fence after Nathan fires his shotgun, assuming that the children are really an ________________________________________ who is trespassing on his property. The town, hearing the gunshot, comes out into the street, where Dill makes up a lie about winning Jem's ____________________ while playing ____________________ in order to cover up what really happened. Atticus is suspicious of this lie but accepts it, and Dill goes to Miss ____________________ for the night, stopping only to kiss ____________________ goodbye, having remembered that they are engaged.

    Later that night, Jem goes back for his pants but refuses to let Scout come with him. The two of them have been ____________________ on the screened back porch, so Atticus doesn't hear him leaving. Scout freezes for a moment because she hears Atticus ____________________ and fears that they have been caught, but it proves to be a false alarm. Jem comes back and refuses to talk about what happened, though he is clearly ____________________. They both have trouble falling asleep that night.

     

     

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    Chapter 7

    Jem tells Scout what really happened when he went back for his ____________________ that night: when he snuck back, he found that someone had mended them and left them on the ____________________ for him to find. What's more, that someone didn't do a very good job of mending the pants, which leads Jem to think that someone knew he was coming back for them, like they read his mind. While they're talking, they pass the ____________________, where they find a ____________________. Scout convinces Jem to leave it there for a few days, in case ________________________________________. When the ball is still there days later, they decide to keep it.

    Soon after Jem goes through a phase where he tries to walk like an ____________________, he and Scout find a pair of ____________________ that look just like ____________________ in the knothole. This confirms their suspicion that these knothole items are indeed intended to be ____________________ and that someone is trying to be their friend. Next, they find a ________________________________________ that Atticus says would be worth ____________________ dollars if it were still running. Jem tries to fix the watch, but fails. Still, he wears it around, imitating Atticus, who has a real pocket watch that belonged to their ____________________.

    When the kids go to place a thank you letter into the knothole, they find that Mr. ____________________ has already filled it up with ____________________. He tells them he did it because the tree is ____________________, but Jem asks Atticus, and he says the tree isn't sick at all. Later, Scout finds ____________________ crying and doesn't understand why.

     

     

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    Chapter 8

    Maycomb has an unusually cold ____________________ that year. Mr. ____________________ tells Jem and Scout that the weather changes when children ____________________ adults, which makes them feel responsible for the cold. When old Mrs. ____________________ dies, people hardly take notice. Atticus goes over to the house, which prompts Scout and Jem to ask after Boo, but Atticus rebuffs their questions. The next morning, it starts ____________________, and Scout assumes the world is ending. When she realizes it's not, she wants to play in the snow, and she and Jem go about making a ____________________ with a frame of dirt and a covering of snow. When Atticus sees it, he tells them to alter it a bit so it doesn't look too much like ____________________.

    That night, the temperature dips to ____________________—the coldest night Atticus can remember. He wakes Jem and Scout up because a ____________________ has broken out at ____________________ house. Atticus tells them to stand in front of the ____________________house, where they'll be out of the way while the men work. The fire truck has to be ____________________ from the center of town, because the cold made it stall out. Meanwhile, Atticus and the other neighbors carry Miss Maudie's ____________________ out of the house. Mr. ____________________ manages to fall off the upstairs porch. Unfortunately, the fire truck is too late, and the fire eats up into Miss Maudie's roof. Eventually, the house ____________________, and the fire trucks leave. One had come from ____________________ sixty miles away.

    When Atticus rejoins the children, he's cross with Scout, because he thinks she disobeyed him to fetch herself a ____________________. In fact, Scout hadn't realized that she had a blanket or that Boo slipped up to her while the house was burning to lay the blanket on her shoulders. When Atticus figures out what happened, Jem begs him not to tell Nathan Radley about it, telling him that Nathan is crazy and might be keeping Boo from contacting them. Atticus agrees to keep it between them, and he tells the kids they don't have to go to ____________________ the next day because of what happened. So the next day they sleep in until noon and then head over to Miss Maudie's. She's in pretty good spirits for someone whose house just burned down. She already has plans to ____________________ a new one.

     

     

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    Chapter 9

    This chapter opens with a fight between Scout and her classmate ____________________, who announces to the entire school that Atticus "defend[s] *******." Scout takes offense to this and shouts at him to take it back, but refrains from getting into a physical fight for fear of being punished. Atticus has to tell her not to use the word "******" because it's "____________________," meaning that the only people who say it are people who don't know any better. Thereafter, Scout uses the word Negro, instead, and asks Atticus if all ____________________ defend African American people. He explains to her that it's his job to defend ____________________ and that, if he succumbed to peer pressure and refused to defend Tom, like the other citizens of Maycomb want him to, he wouldn't be able to hold up his head in town. He intends to defend Tom even though he knows he ____________________.

    Christmas comes, and, with it, Uncle ____________________, Atticus's ____________________, who stays with them for a week. He likes to make Scout laugh, but is also a very serious man—a doctor—who removes her ____________________and warns her not to ____________________. On Christmas morning, Jem and Scout play with the ____________________ Atticus bought them, but aren't allowed to bring the rifles with them when they go see Uncle ____________________ and Aunt ____________________, Atticus's ____________________, at Finch's ____________________. Aunt Alexandra is so unlike Atticus in every way that Jem thinks she was switched at birth and is actually a ____________________. Her son, Francis, is the most ____________________kid alive, according to Scout. He asked for a ____________________for Christmas. What's worse, he says bad things about Atticus defending Tom, which leads Scout to ____________________him in the face.

    Uncle Jack punishes ____________________ for fighting with Francis. Later, when they return to ____________________, Scout tells him that he was unfair to her and explains why she punched Francis, but asks him not to tell ____________________, because she doesn't want to disappoint her father. Still later, Scout overhears Uncle Jack and ____________________ talking. Uncle Jack says he doesn't want to have children. Atticus says Scout's use of bad language is just a phase. He knows that she tries to obey him, and he's sorry that she's going to have to deal with the ugliness of the trial soon. He knows that she's ____________________, but wants her to hear this so that later she'll understand.

     

     

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    Chapter 10

    This chapter opens with the humorous line, "Atticus was _______________: he was nearly ___________." This serves as the premise of the chapter, which Atticus later disproves through his actions. In the beginning of the chapter, Scout and Jem are embarrassed by Atticus because he's old, doesn't play ____________________, works in an office, wears ____________________, and intends to defend Tom Robinson in court. What's more, he won't teach them how to shoot their new air rifles. He does, however, tell them not to shoot down ____________________, because it's a sin. Miss ____________________elaborates: mockingbirds don't do anything but fly around and make ____________________for us to enjoy. She also says that Atticus was a master ____________________ player (a fact that Scout finds even more embarrassing). Irritated, Scout aims her air rifle at Miss Maudie's behind that evening, but Atticus stops her from shooting.

    One Saturday, a ____________________ dog by the name of ____________________ comes twitching slowly down the road to the Finch house. ____________________rushes the children inside and calls ____________________ at the office. He drives up with ____________________, the Sheriff, who confirms that Tim Johnson does indeed have ___________. Jem makes the grim observation that the dog is "lookin' for a place to __________." Heck Tate can't make the shot, so he hands the rifle to ____________________, who protests at first, because he hasn't shot a gun in ______________ years. His children are surprised to learn that he was once called ____________________ because of his deadly aim, and they have a hard time processing it when Atticus shoots Tim Johnson. Miss ____________________ explains that Atticus gave up shooting when he realized that it gave him an "____________________" over other living things. Jem later calls Atticus a "gentleman" because of it.

     

     

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    Chapter 11

    This chapter focuses on Mrs. _______________, the cantankerous old woman who sits out on her porch and yells terrible things at the children of Maycomb. She's so mean, in fact, that _______________ walks a mile out of his way just to avoid her house. One Saturday, the day after Jem's _______________ birthday, he and Scout walk into town to buy a ____________________ and a _______________, and on their way there Mrs. Dubose yells at them that Atticus is "no better than the ******* and trash he works for!" This is racist and classist and makes Jem so mad that after he buys their toys, he takes Scout's _______________ and hacks all the blooms off Mrs. Dubose's _______________ bushes. Naturally, this doesn't go over well with Atticus.

    Jem's punishment is to read to Mrs. Dubose for _______________ hours every day after school and on Saturday for an entire _______________. During this process, Mrs. Dubose's health deteriorates to the point where her mouth seems to move of its own volition, allowing great ropes of saliva to pour out of her mouth. After she dies, Atticus reveals that she was a ______________________________ and that she'd quit cold turkey around the same time Jem destroyed her _______________. She was sick because she was going through _______________ while Jem and Scout sat with her. Because of this, Atticus thinks Mrs. Dubose is the _______________person that he has ever met. This is an important lesson about courage for Jem and Scout. Part I ends with Jem thinking about Mrs. Dubose's bravery while staring at a _______________.

     

     

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    Chapter 12

    Part II begins with Scout emphasizing the divide between her and _______________. He's twelve now and has pulled away from Scout, bossing her around and telling her to act like a _______________, though her tomboy clothes never bothered him before. This would be fine to Scout if Dill were there, but he's forced to stay in _______________ because he has a new _______________. What's worse, Atticus is called away for an emergency meeting of the _______________ Legislature, so Scout and Jem are left in the care of _______________. If not for an incident where Scout and Jem, along with a few of their friends, took advantage of the absence of authority figures and tied a girl named _______________ up in the furnace room at Church, then maybe they'd be allowed to go to Church on their own on Sunday. Instead, Calpurnia decides to take them to _____________________________________________, so called because it was the first purchase the freed slaves made with their wages.

    For the most part, the African Americans Jem and Scout meet at First Purchase are very polite to them and don't mind having white children in their church. The primary exception to this is _______________, a large, seemingly seven foot tall woman who doesn't like that the kids are there. Lula wants this church to be just for African Americans, a safe space where their community can come together, without having to fear white people or their presence. Reverend _______________, however, welcomes Jem and Scout to their church. Though they don't have _______________, the Reverend is able to lead the flock through hymns using a process called "_______________," that is, reading a hymn line by line so members of the congregation can read or sing it back. When collection time comes, Reverend Sykes demands that the congregation come together to give _______________ dollars to _______________, Tom Robinson's wife, who is, unsurprisingly, having trouble finding _______________. After Church, Scout finally learns what Tom is on trial for: he has been accused of raping ______________________________, Bob Ewell's daughter.

    In this same conversation, Scout also learns that Calpurnia is _______________ than Atticus, that she's one of only _______________ African Americans in Maycomb who can read, and that she was taught to read by Miss Maudie Atkinson's aunt, Miss _______________. When Jem asks Calpurnia why she speaks _______________ (that is, more colloquially) around African Americans, Calpurnia says if she spoke like a white person at home it would seem like she was putting on airs. This leads to Scout asking if she can come to Calpurnia's house sometime. Calpurnia says she would like that.

    Unfortunately, when they get home from Church, they find that Aunt _______________ has come to stay with them and that she might have something to say about _______________ visiting Calpurnia.

     

     

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    Chapter 13

    Unbeknownst to Jem and Scout, Atticus has arranged for Aunt _______________ to come live with them indefinitely, so that Scout can have some ___________________________ in her life. Aunt Alexandra leaves her own husband and son behind, but this seems not to bother her at all, really. She fits right in with the women in Maycomb, especially people like Miss ______________________, and immediately begins asserting her social dominance. She declares that one poor teenager's _______________ is a result of his family's "morbid streak," as opposed to the ______________________________ streaks that other families have. That Scout and Jem don't believe in Aunt Alexandra's "Streak" theory causes a bit of tension in the household.

    Aunt Alexandra shows Scout and Jem a book written by their Cousin _______________, who, according to _______________, went crazy in college and tried to kill the ____________. When Jem relates this last part back to Aunt Alexandra, she gets huffy and questions whether the children understand how important their _______________is. This leads to an uncomfortable scene where Atticus tries to impress upon them that they're the product of "_______________ breeding," though they both know that this isn't really how he feels. He jokes that maybe he's going crazy, too, in an attempt to put Scout and Jem at ease. This is only moderately successful.

     

     

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    Chapter 14

    Two chapters later, Scout finally gets around to asking Atticus what "_______________" is and tells him about that day at _______________church. Aunt _______________, of course, doesn't approve and won't allow Scout to visit Calpurnia's house. A small fight ensues, in which Aunt Alexandra tries to force Atticus to ____________Calpurnia, to no avail. Jem then patronizes Scout for being young, which causes those two to fight. Atticus has to come break it up and send them to bed. Alone in her room after, Scout thinks she feels a _______________, but it turns out to be _______________, who has ridden the train by himself because he wants to escape his new stepfather, whom he doesn't like. He tells them that he was bound in chains but escaped to join a small animal show, but in reality he just stole _______________ dollars from his mother's purse and took the nine o'clock train to _______________ Junction, then walked the rest of the way to the _______________ house. This adventure has left him very _______________.

    Dill's mother doesn't know where he went, so Jem calls _______________ in to help. He goes over to talk to Miss _______________ while Dill _____________ and takes a bath. Miss Rachel then comes over to scold Dill, but then lets him stay there, like he wanted. Later, Dill climbs into bed with _____________, and they talk about his real reasons for running away: his _______________ and _______________ weren't really "interested" in him, which seems to mean that they ignored him and that, when they didn't ignore him, they expected him to act more like boys his own age. Dill, who has already been established as an odd character, didn't like that.

    This chapter ends with Dill telling Scout fanciful stories about an island of _______________ "waiting to be gathered like morning _______________." Scout then asks why _______________ Radley hasn't run away, and Dill says he might not have anywhere else to go. The sadness of this is tempered by the sweetness of Dill and Scout's relationship, which provides some much needed emotional relief before Tom's trial.

     

     

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    Chapter 15

    This chapter opens on a dark note, with _______________ and several other men showing up outside the _______________ house to tell Atticus that there might be trouble when Tom is moved to the town __________. These men don't intend to hurt ________themselves, but give Atticus an ominous warning that he could lose everything because of this case. Atticus doesn't think so and turns his back on the other men with complete confidence, though Jem and Scout, watching from inside the house, are terrified. Jem's lie about the phone ringing breaks the tension outside and causes the group to scatter.

    Inside, Jem asks Atticus if those men were part of a gang like the _______________. Atticus explains (somewhat erroneously) that the KKK is gone and is never coming back, then tells the kids not to worry, because those men were still their friends and neighbors. The next day, _______________, these men approach Atticus again outside church, but Scout and Jem don't hear what they say. After church, the kids bum around, bored out of their minds, and then settle in for a lazy evening when to their surprise Atticus announces that he's going out and takes an ___________________ with him. Curious, the Finch children fetch _______________, who's still staying at Miss _______________, and follow Atticus into town. They find him sitting outside the _______________, reading the _______________.

    Soon after the children find Atticus, a mob approaches him, intending no doubt to lynch Tom. To Scout's dismay, these men are strangers hailing from _______________, and though they're related to the _______________, they have no reason to refrain from hurting Atticus. Scout jumping in between the mob and Atticus shames them enough for them to stop, particularly after Scout ________one of them and calls out Mr. ____________(__________ father) for having legal troubles; because of this, the men shuffle off, leaving Atticus and the kids alone.

    Before they go home, ___________calls down to thank Atticus for protecting him. Then Mr. _______________ reveals that he has been watching all along, holding his loaded _______________ at the ready in case there was any real trouble and he needed to defend Atticus.

     

     

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    Chapter 16

    This chapter marks the beginning of _____________________ trial, which will be the primary focus of the narrative for the next five chapters. The action picks up where it left off in Chapter 15, with Jem, Scout, and Atticus heading home and then having a somber breakfast the next morning. It seems like the entire town is on the way to the _______________ to watch the trial. Some overzealous _______________ passing by Miss _______________ house criticize her flowers for being _______________, but Miss Maudie criticizes the zealots right back. In town, Dill sees __________________________ (a white man) drinking from a __________ and sitting with the ______________________, and Jem explains that this is just Dolphus's way. We will see more from him later.

    The kids refrain from going to watch the trial until after lunch. Atticus had spent the morning in voir dire, or _______________, so when they finally arrive the trial is just starting. The courthouse is so packed that they end up sitting in the _______________ with Reverend _______________ and the African American community that has come to support Tom. On the way to their seats, Scout overhears that Atticus has been _______________ by the court to defend Tom, meaning that he's required to (a fact he neglected to tell the kids, though that would've made it easier for them to defend him to his detractors). For this reason, many of the people in the courthouse don't begrudge his defending Tom, though they worry that Atticus is actually going to try to prove Tom's _______________. This seems inappropriate to them. Any other lawyer would've let Tom go to the chair.

    Scout spends some time describing the courthouse's architecture (eclectic and disjointed) before moving on to describing the jury and the spectators. _______________________, who sits as the bench looking like a _______________ with his pilot fish (stenographer) writing around him. She tells an amusing little tale about Judge Taylor throwing out a frivolous lawsuit pitting the _______________ vs. _______________  (their nominally different relations), then adds that Judge Taylor had a way of chewing dry _______________ down to nothing. Then _______________ takes the stand, and the trial truly begins.

     

     

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    Chapter 17

    Heck Tate's testimony starts with him being questioned by Mr. _______________, the prosecutor. He relates the events of the day in question: _______________  came to find him on _______________ of the previous year and brought him back to the house, where _______________ had been beaten up. She said it was _______________ who beat her, so Heck went to arrest him. When Atticus cross examines him, more details come out: Heck didn't call a _______________ , despite the severity of Mayella's injuries; Mayella had a __________ on her _______________ side; and there were finger marks around her _______________ where she'd been _______________ . This is the end of Heck Tate's testimony.

    Next, Bob Ewell takes the stand, looking to Scout like "a little bantam cock of a man" ("bantam" meaning _______________). Scout takes the time to explain that the Ewells live in a ramshackle little home down by the _______________, with a fence made out of random bits of things they've pulled from the dump while looking for food. Their house isn't as nice, in Scout's opinion, as the cabins that the African American citizens live in, though these are also situated right next to the dump. It's understood in this chapter that Bob Ewell's _______________ is the cause of his family's poverty and that he's not a man worth respecting, but that they're all listening to his testimony because he's _______________ and is accusing a black man of _______________.

    Once Mr. _______________ starts questioning him, _______________ goes into a sensationalized account of the rape he says he saw. This is, of course, a lie, which Atticus will prove later, but it's dramatic enough that the audience erupts and Judge Taylor has to bang his gavel for ________ minutes to call them down. In an effort to keep them quiet without having to close the courtroom off to spectators, he threatens all of them with contempt charges. The trial continues, with _______________  and Mr. _______________ asking some clarifying questions. Then _______________ cross examines him, beginning again with questions that focus on Mayella's injuries. He then has Ewell write his name to show that he is _______________, and, therefore, capable of having given Mayella a black eye on her _______________ side. Jem thinks that this will be enough to prove Tom innocent. Scout isn't so sure.

     

     

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    Chapter 18

    Next, _______________ takes the stand and promptly bursts into _______________ . Judge Taylor has to comfort her and tell her not to be afraid of Atticus or his questions, which earns her the sympathy of the court and makes Scout wonder if she has good sense. Mayella then testifies that she was sitting out on their porch on the night in question and that when Tom walked by she offered him a _______________ to break up a _______________ for her—that's when he raped her, she says. When Atticus starts cross examining her she accuses him of "_______________ " her by calling her ________________________. She's not used to being treated so politely, and Judge Taylor has to explain to her that Atticus doesn't mean anything by it. Still, the cross examination starts off badly.

    Atticus then asks her a series of questions that establish how old she is (_______________), what her home life is like (hard and lonely, spent taking care of her _______________ siblings), and if she has any friends (she _______________). She insists that her _______________ has never hurt her, but does admit that he _______________. Atticus then repeats back her prior testimony about being choked and beaten and asks her to confirm that Tom was the one who raped her. Tom stands up, and that's when Scout and the spectators see that his __________ arm (the one he's supposed to have beat her with) hangs lifelessly at his side, having been crushed in an accident when he was younger. Seeing this, Jem and Scout realize that _______________ has been lying about what happened. _______________ figures out that this is what Atticus was getting at, but it's too late.

    Atticus begins asking her questions so pointed and incisive that Mayella stops answering—where were her siblings? Why didn't they hear her? Why didn't she run? These are the holes in her story and Atticus makes them very obvious to the court. Finally, Mayella snaps back at Atticus, saying that Tom did rape her and that she won't answer anymore questions. Afterward, the _______________ rests its case, and Judge _______________ calls for a _____ minute break before Atticus calls his first _______________. Some of the spectators do some stretching, but most stay in place, waiting for the trail to start up again. It won't take long. The chapter ends with Atticus saying he only has ______ witness.

     

     

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    Chapter 19

    This chapter opens with Tom Robinson attempting to guide his __________ arm (the bad one) to swear on the __________. When he fails, he takes the _______ without placing a hand on the _________. Atticus then asks him his age (__________), if he has any children (_____), and if he has ever been in trouble before (once; he did _____ days for disorderly conduct). Atticus asks him all this to prove to the jury that Tom has nothing to hide. He then asks Tom about Mayella. Tom testifies that he'd gotten to know Mayella over a period of a couple months when she asked him to do various odd jobs around the house for her, including busting up that _______________. It's clear that Tom was the only person to ever really be nice to Mayella, and that this is what ended up getting him in trouble. He denies hurting her. In fact, she came onto him.

    It happened like this: Mayella saved up __________ nickels so all of her siblings would go into town to buy _______________. This meant that she and Tom would be alone and that she could flirt with him in private, without her family seeing. She had him stand up on a _______ to reach for something, then, when she hugged his ______, he jumped down, and she hugged him again, this time _________ him on the cheek. (Tom also testifies, "She says what her papa do to her don't count," but Atticus doesn't press him to explain this, just leaves it for the jury and the reader to figure out. This line makes it clear that Ewell was the one who raped his daughter.) Tom then says that Ewell saw Mayella kiss him through the window and that he threatened to _______ his own daughter, calling her a "whore." It shouldn't come as a surprise that Tom ran away as fast as he could. This revelation leads his boss _______________  to announce to the court that Tom was always a good worker and that he never caused any trouble. Judge Taylor throws _______________ out of the courthouse, but the truth has already been said. Tom is innocent.

    Then it's Mr. _______________ turn to question Tom. He doesn't believe that Tom would help Mayella out of the goodness of his heart and badgers him until he finally says that he did all of those odd jobs for her because he "_______________ for her." The white people in the audience don't like this, because in their opinion it's inappropriate for an African American to feel superior enough to a _______________ person to feel sorry for them. Mr. _______________ then asks Tom why he ran away so fast if he was innocent, and Tom says that he knew he'd be arrested even though he didn't do anything (the implication being that an _____________________ has no chance when a _______________ person accuses them of something). This upsets _______________ enough that _______________ has to take him outside, where they talk about what happened. Dill thinks Mr. _______________ was mean to Tom, but Scout knows from experience that he was being easy on him. Still, Dill thinks it's wrong. He doesn't have the stomach for it.

     

     

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    Chapter 20

    Dill, still upset about the trial, accepts a drink from ________________________, who, it turns out, hasn't been drinking whiskey at all but rather _______________. He explains that he does this to make it easier for the people of Maycomb, who can write off his behavior (like having children with an African American woman) to the fact that he's a ____________. In reality, he doesn't like to drink much, but it just makes things easier if people think he does. He tells Scout and Dill this because he saw how _______________ got upset at the trial and knows they'll understand, because they're not racist. They do, however, want to see the rest of the trial, so they leave Dolphus Raymond behind and head back inside.

    When they sit down again, _______________ is giving his closing argument. He argues that there is no real case against Tom, that there's no medical evidence to suggest that a rape actually happened, and that _______________ has accused _______________ of rape simply because she's afraid of what will happen if people think that she came onto him and not the other way around. It's taboo for a _______________ woman to be at all attracted to a _______________ person, so to save herself any embarrassment, she covers up what she did with a lie. Tom, on the other hand, hasn't lied to the court once, and as Link Deas said, he is and always has been a good, hard-working, and respectable person. He wouldn't hurt Mayella, and he didn't. She lied.

    Atticus concludes by quoting the old phrase "all men are created ____________," which was first used by Thomas Jefferson in the ______________________________ . If all men are created equal, he says, then surely Tom deserves better than he has gotten in court. The chapter ends with _______________ walking into the courtroom, looking for _______________.

     

     

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    Chapter 21

    Calpurnia passes Atticus a note saying that his children have gone ______________. It's then revealed that they've been sitting up in the ______________ all along. Atticus tells them to go home and eat ______________, and if the ______________ hasn't come back by the time they return, then they can stay and watch the verdict. The children are gone for about an hour, in which time ______________ scolds them, Aunt ______________ nearly faints, and Jem proudly claims that Tom should be acquitted. Atticus knows that he won't be, but refrains from telling Jem this. When they get back, the courtroom is just as they've left it, and the ______________ has even saved their seats.

    Scout nearly falls asleep before the verdict comes back: ______________. She watches as in a dream as her father walks down the aisle toward the door. All of the African Americans stand up as he passes out of respect, and Scout stands with them.

     

     

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    Chapter 22

    After the verdict, ______________ starts crying, saying it isn't right. Together, they all head home, exhausted, and sit up for a while, considering what happened. Aunt ______________ tells ______________ she's sorry about the verdict, but wishes the children hadn't ____________________________ . Atticus says that they had every right to watch and the racism of the trial is "as much Maycomb County as ____________________________," meaning it is part of their heritage and way of life, unfortunately.

    In the morning, they discover that the ______________ ______________  community has left them a pile of gifts on their back porch to thank Atticus for defending Tom. There are tomatoes, beans, and pickled ______________ knuckles. Atticus grins at those. Soon after, Dill comes in and tells them that Miss ______________ said a few nasty things about Atticus and the trial ("if a man like Atticus Finch wants to butt his head against a ______________  it's his head"). When they go outside, Miss Stephanie ______________ , Mr. ______________ , and Miss ______________ are all talking out on Miss ______________ porch. Miss Stephanie asks them a series of gossipy and irritating questions, but Miss Maudie saves them from this by inviting them in for ______________ . She made one little one each for Scout and Dill, but cuts a slice from a big one for Jem, in recognition of his being ______________.

    Jem's feeling glum because of the verdict and thinks no one tried to help Tom, but Miss ______________ corrects him, suggesting that ______________ ______________  deliberately chose Atticus to defend Tom so that he'd get a ___________ trial. She says Atticus is the only lawyer who could've made the jury deliberate on a case like this for that long—if anyone else had defended Tom, the jury would've found him to be guilty in five minutes. Outside, Dill says that Miss Stephanie Crawford and all the other gossips should be "ridin' ______________," meaning that they should be recognized for the witches they are. He declares that when he grows up he's going to be a ______________ and spend all day laughing at other people, especially the terrible ones.

    When Miss ______________ and Miss ______________ wave to the kids, they feel obliged to go up to them. The adults then tell them to get inside, because there's been trouble: Bob Ewell ____________ in Atticus's face and threatened to "_______________________ _______________________________.”

     

     

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    Chapter 23

    After hearing the story of how Bob Ewell spat in Atticus's face and dared him to ______, Scout and the kids set about trying to force Atticus to carry a ______ and defend himself. They try a number of different tactics: asking him, throwing a tantrum, refusing to eat. Eventually, Atticus realizes just how scared they are and explains that he's willing to let Ewell spit in his face if it means ______________ and Ewell's other kids are spared a ______________. Atticus doesn't think they have anything more to fear from Ewell, but Aunt ______________ isn't sure. Atticus destroyed Ewell's ______________ on the stand, and he's the kind to hold a grudge.

    Scout and Jem then ask Atticus about ________, who has been sent to ______________ Prison Farm in ______________ County, ___________miles away. His wife and children aren't allowed to ______________ him. This sparks Jem to wonder if ______________ shouldn't be a capital offense and if the jury could've been more lenient with Tom. Atticus then explains to Jem that the law isn't fair sometimes and that judges and juries should be careful when sentencing convicts to ______________ , particularly when the ______________ penalty disproportionately affects ____________________________ men (as it still does today). He tells them in no uncertain terms that any white man who takes advantage of a black man is _______ and that someday karma is going to come for racists like Ewell.

    It all comes back to the makeup of Tom's ______________. Unfortunately, ______________ weren't allowed to serve on juries in ______________ in the 1930s, so someone like Miss ______________ , who could've made a difference in Tom's trial, wasn't allowed to sit on the jury. However, there was one hold-out who kept insisting that Tom deserved an acquittal: one of the ______________ from ______________ ______________. It turns out that Scout and Atticus earned the entire ______________ family's respect that night outside the ______________ , and on a hunch Atticus put one of them on the jury, thinking perhaps that this would work in his favor. It was a risk, but it almost worked. Because of this, Scout's opinion of Walter Cunningham changes and she makes plans to invite him over once school starts. Unfortunately, Aunt ______________ doesn't like this idea. She thinks that Walter is trash. Evidently, she and Atticus have different definitions of that word.

    Afterward, Jem shows Scout a hair (he thinks is) growing on his chest, and the two discuss Jem's theory that there are ________ different kinds of folks in Maycomb: people like _________, people like the ______________, people like the ______________, and then the ______________ ______________. This is not terribly unlike Aunt Alexandra's caste system. Scout thinks there's only ____ kind of folks—folks—but Jem isn't so sure. He's beginning to think that ______________ ______________ stays inside all the time because he wants to.

     

     

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    Chapter 24

    When the chapter opens, _______________ is backing through the swinging door, carrying a charlotte (a kind of cake). Aunt _______________ is hosting her missionary circle's tea party, and _______________, having been left behind by Jem and Dill, gets caught up in the middle of it. After listening to them discuss the plight of the _______________ , a tribe of Africans living in squalid conditions, she makes the women laugh by saying that she's wearing her _______________ under her dress. One of the ladies asks her if she wants to be a  _______________ when she grows up, but she says she just wants to be a _______________, which is a little white lie. The ladies then go back to discussing the Mrunas, as well as a man named _______________ _______________ , the missionary who's living with the Mrunas.

    This somehow leads to a discussion of Tom and how the African Americans in Maycomb reacted to the trial. Some of the missionary women were upset that their _______________ were sulking afterward. Apparently, their servants' legitimate feelings are an inconvenience to them. Lee uses this fact to illustrate the essential hypocrisy of the missionary circle, which professes to care about the dying people in Africa but treats African Americans like trash back home. One Mrs. _______________ even says that "some people" (meaning Atticus) have stirred up the African Americans lately, because he thought he was doing the right thing by defending Tom. Mrs. Merriweather disagrees with his actions, and this makes Miss  _______________ so mad that she asks Mrs. Merriweather if Atticus's food "sticks" when it goes down, meaning that she has some nerve talking about Atticus that way while eating his food and sitting in his house.

    Soon after, Atticus comes home with the news that  _______________ is dead—shot _______________ times while he tried to escape from prison. Atticus asks  _______________ to come with him to tell Tom's wife the news. Hearing this, Aunt _______________ breaks down, asking Miss  _______________ what more Maycomb expects of him—he's already done what they were too afraid to do, already worried himself sick over Tom's trial. Miss Maudie tries to soothe her by saying they expected great things from him because they respect him, but this doesn't seem like enough. Scout, who wasn't allowed to go with Atticus and Calpurnia, decides that if Aunt  _______________ can go back in and sit with those hypocrites like a lady then she can, too.

     

     

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    Chapter 25

    This chapter opens with _______________ telling _______________ not to kill a _______________ that had found its way inside the house. Scout is lonely now because _______________ has gone back home to Meridian for the school year, and she can't stop thinking about what happened the day before he left: how _______________ was killed and how _______________ went to tell his wife the news. Atticus and _______________ happened to drive past Jem and Dill while they were _______________, and Atticus allowed them to tag along to the Robinsons' house. They watched from inside the car as Atticus tells Helen what happened to Tom. "She just fell down in the _______________ ," Dill says. "Just fell down in the _______________ ."

    The news spreads fast, and for two days nobody in _______________ can talk of anything else. Then the gossip dies down, and things go back to normal until Mr. _______________ writes a column about it in the paper, decrying Tom's murder and saying that it's a _______________ to kill a _______________. He even likens this to "the senseless killing of _______________," unwittingly echoing Atticus's line about it being a sin to kill a mockingbird. No one seems to pay any attention to this. ______________________________  even makes it plain that he considers Tom's death a success. According to Miss Stephanie, he's supposed to have said, "One down and about _______________ more to go." Those two are _______________ and _______________ .

     

     

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    Chapter 26

    When school starts again, Scout is in the _______________  and Jem is in _______________ . He joins the football team as a _______________, and he and Scout see less and less of each other. Scout walks by the _______________ house alone now, and though she isn't scared of it and regrets tormenting Boo, she still wants to _______________ him one day. Atticus warns her not to bother Boo and reveals that he knew about their little excursion into the Radley lot all along; he says they were _______________ Nathan Radley missed. Scout is puzzled yet again by Maycomb's behavior (resenting Atticus for defending Tom, yet _______________ him to the state _______________) and decides to withdraw from people and never think about them.

    Then one day in class she's forced to pay attention. Her teacher Miss _______________ forces the students to do a Current Events presentation every week, and one of Scout's classmates, ______________________________ , brings a newspaper clip about _______________ _______________ , who has begun putting Jews in concentration camps—this is 1935, fully four years before the invasion of Poland, and Hitler is still consolidating his political power as Germany's new head of state. Hypocritically, Miss _______________ decries Hitler's actions against the Jews, even though on the day of Tom's trial she said horrible things about African Americans that suggested they deserve their persecution.

    Later that night, she talks to Jem, who's "_______________ " in order to gain weight for _______________. When she starts talking about the trial, he grabs her and tells her never to talk about that with him again. He and Scout have grown apart in the last few chapters, but this outburst still takes her by surprise. It startles her enough that she seeks comfort with Atticus, who tells her that she's too big now to sit in his lap, but that she shouldn't let Jem get her down. Someday, he'll be himself again.

     

     

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    Chapter 27

    That October, things begin to settle down in Maycomb. _______________ big things happen: 1) ______________________________  gets a job working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), but quickly loses it due to his laziness, 2) _______________ _______________  house is nearly broken into one _______________ night—the implication being that Ewell was the one who did it, and 3) Ewell starts stalking _______________ _______________  and has to be run off her boss Link Deas' property. Aunt _______________ worries that Ewell is holding a grudge against everyone related to Tom's trial (including Atticus), but Atticus says not to worry, because he has confronted everyone in his own way and had his time in the limelight. Ewell thought he'd be a hero, but everyone in Maycomb knows he's a _______________. He's _______________ about it, but Atticus is convinced he won't do anything serious.

    Things in Maycomb return to normal, with two minor changes: 1) the National _______________ Act is struck down and 2) a group of children whose identities remain hidden break into the _______________ of a pair of spinsters, Miss _______________ and Miss _______________ , who claim to have heard the culprits (_______________, they say), despite being _______________. This happens on _______________ , before the pageant in the high school auditorium. Scout unwillingly plays a _______________ , wearing a heavy costume made out of chicken wires and cloth. She expects her entire family to come, but Atticus refuses, leaving _______________ to walk her to the school. As Scout says, this begins ____________________________________________________________.

     

     

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    Chapter 28

    Scout and Jem's long journey begins on _______________ night, when they walk past the _______________ house in the dark. There's no _______________ , and Jem teases that there might be a _______________ waiting for Scout in the yard between their house and the school. Scout nearly falls and admonishes Jem for not bringing a _______________ , but they make it to the school okay, only getting scared once when _______________ jumps out of the bushes and surprises them. The inside of the school is full of all sorts of fun things, like a House of _______________ and big blobs of _______________ . After the band plays the National Anthem, the _______________ begins. Mrs. _______________, the teacher organizing the pageant, gives a long speech about a one Colonel _______________, the town's namesake.

    Scout is sleepy by then and performs her part in a daze, missing her cue the first time but finally hitting it on the second. Someone offers them a ride home afterward, but Jem declines, and they set out _______________ across the yard. Jem hears something, and they stop, listening. Scout then shouts, "Cecil Jacobs is a big wet _______________!" They inch their way towards the big _______________ tree nearer the street, then _______________ cries out for Scout to run. Their stalker attacks, and Scout is caught and squeezed until she can hardly breathe. Then, suddenly, someone pulls the attacker off her. There's a scuffle, and the attacker falls. He then carries Jem back to the house. Jem's arm is broken, and he has blacked out from the pain. Aunt _______________ quickly calls for Dr. _______________ . Atticus calls _______________, in case the attacker is still out there. Scout worries that Jem is dead, but Dr. Reynolds assures her otherwise as he assesses her injuries in the hall outside Jem's room. Heck then arrives and takes a long time explaining that _______________  is dead—stabbed under the ribs with a _______________ knife.

     

     

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    Chapter 29

    After the revelation of Ewell's death, _______________  asks Scout to recount everything that happened. He asks her questions along the way, wondering what she shouted and if Atticus heard it, which he didn't. Heck then explains that there were perforations on Ewell's clothes and _______________, which he realizes were made by the ______________________________ from Scout's _______________ costume. He calls Ewell a _______________, and Atticus, still a little in shock, says he never thought Ewell would come after his kids. He was, of course, _______________ at the time, which probably made it easier for _______________ to pull him off Scout. He's the one who saved them; Scout didn't realize it before, but understands that it's him when she looks him in the eye. She says, "_______________, _______________ ," and nearly cries.

     

     

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    Chapter 30

    Hearing Scout use the nickname "_______________ ," Atticus gently corrects her: "Mr. _______________, honey." That's his real name: Mr. _______________ _______________. Scout's instinctive fear of Boo makes her run to Jem's side, but she calms down soon enough and leads Boo to the porch, where she offers him the _______________ chair, thinking that he'll like the _______________. On the porch, Heck and Atticus disagree about who should take the blame for Ewell's murder. Atticus wants to claim _______________ did it in self-defense. Heck insists that _______________ was the one who did it, but says it would be a "_______________" to bring such a shy man into the public eye, suggesting that Ewell simply killed himself. Atticus is morally opposed to this, but Scout is in favor of it. She says it would be like _______________ a mockingbird, harkening back to the title of the novel.

     

     

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    Chapter 31

    When this final chapter opens, Boo is still at the Finch house, coughing dreadfully and shuffling around uncomfortably. Scout takes him to Jem's room so they can say good night. Jem is asleep, and Boo hesitantly strokes his hair in farewell before Scout leads him out of the house. She asks him to offer his arm so that it would appear he was escorting her—and not the other way around. She walks him to his door and then never sees him again. This saddens her, as does the realization that he gave them all those gifts in the knothole and that they never gave anything back in return. She turns to leave, but stops on the porch.

    From Boo's front steps, she looks out at the town: at Miss Maudie's flowers, at Mrs. Dubose's old house, at the sidewalk where she and Jem played. She realizes that this is what Boo sees when he looks out and that he thinks of this as his town, his friends. Thinking of everything that happened from his perspective, she understands how he came to feel protective of her and Jem. They're his children, in a way. He protects them. Scout doesn't realize this until she stands in his shoes, so to speak, the way Atticus told her to. It took her almost the entire book, but she finally learns how.

    On the walk home, Scout thinks that, though she and Jem are going to get older, there isn't much left for them to learn, because they've been through so much that now they're mature and have a highly developed sense of morality. When she gets home, she finds Atticus sitting in Jem's room, reading The Gray Ghost, which Jem talked about in Chapter 1. She asks him to read it aloud, but falls half asleep and has to be put to bed. As Atticus helps her, she mumbles that she heard every word he said, that she remembered the plot of the book that he was reading, and that "he was real nice," referring, perhaps, to Boo, or to one of the characters in Jem's book. Atticus tells her most people are nice once you get to know them, then goes to sit by Jem. He'll still be there when Jem wakes up in the morning, Scout says, ending the novel on a comforting note.