To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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What are three important events that take place in Chapters 1-5 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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In Chapter 2, Scout gets off to a rough start on her first day of school. During lunch, Miss Caroline notices that Walter Cunningham did not bring a bag lunch and offers him a quarter to buy one. When Walter refuses to take the quarter, Miss Caroline insists that he take it. Scout feels the need to explain why Walter will not accept the quarter and simply says, "Miss Caroline, he's a Cunningham" (Lee 26). Scout does not take into consideration the fact that Miss Caroline is not from Maycomb, and she has no idea about the Cunningham family's background. Scout mentions that she doesn't have the ability to explain what type of family Walter comes from and says, "You're shamin' him, Miss Caroline. Walter hasn't got a quarter at home to bring you, and you can't use any stovewood " (Lee 28). Miss Caroline gets fed up with Scout's behavior and punishes her...

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