What is a quote from Jem showing he is curious in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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gmuss25 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In Chapter 7, Jem and Scout receive several gifts that they find in the knothole of the Radley tree. Jem thinks that it is a good idea to write a thank-you note to the person who has been generously giving them small gifts. The next day after writing the note, Jem goes to put the letter in the knothole of the tree and discovers that it has been filled in with cement. Jem is upset and curious as to why the knothole has been filled in. Jem patiently waits for Nathan Radley to pass by, and when he finally does, Jem says, "Mr. Radley, ah—did you put cement in that hole in that tree down yonder?...Why'd you do it, sir?" (Lee 83). Nathan lies to Jem and tells him that the tree was dying and that you're supposed to put cement in them when they're sick. Later that night, Jem asks his father, "Atticus, look down yonder at that tree, please sir...The one on the corner of the Radley lot comin' from school...Is that tree dyin'?" (Lee 84). When Atticus tells him that it is not dying, Jem asks, "It ain't even sick?" (Lee 84). Atticus responds by saying, "That tree's as healthy as you are, Jem" (Lee 84).

Jem's multiple questions regarding why Nathan Radley put cement in the knothole of the tree depict his curious nature. Jem not only questions Nathan but also consults Atticus about the tree's health.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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When Jem wants to go check on Atticus sitting outsider Tom Robinson’s cell, this demonstrates his curiosity.

"I've just got this feeling," Jem said, "just this feeling." (ch 15)

Jem is described as having the “look-arounds.”  This means he is curious and wants to look around and see what is going on.  He is worried about Atticus, and it turns out he is right.  The children continue walking downtown, and they notice that there is a light on and a mob outside.

Jem’s curiosity shows that he is more aware of what is going on than Scout and Dill.  Since he is older, he can see that things are coming to a head with the Tom Robinson situation.

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thedemon | College Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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just read the book stop being lazy

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