To Kill a Mockingbird Questions and Answers
by Harper Lee

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In Chapter 11 of To Kill a Mockingbird, according to Atticus, should Jem respond to Mrs. Dubose's verbal assaults? Why does Mrs. Dubose act like this? The question is coming from Atticus' point of veiw... and please make it from Chapter 11 and answer ASAP!

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Actually, it would be pretty tough not to respond to someone who insults your sister and father in the manner in which Mrs. Dubose does in To Kill a Mockingbird. Mrs. Dubose has never shown friendliness to her young neighbors, Jem and Scout, who pass by her house every day. "Jem and I hated her," a "terrified" Scout reminds us before Mrs. Dubose becomes even more personal with her "vicious" verbal attacks. After Mrs. Dubose insults Scout about her unladylike appearance and her likelihood to eventually be "waiting on tables," she goes after Atticus . She tells the...

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