What was something that was asked in the courthouse in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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There were many questions asked by the two attorneys, Atticus Finch and Horace Gilmer, during the course of the Tom Robinson trial, and even Judge John Taylor and the children got into the act. Atticus asked Sheriff Heck Tate several important questions--"Did anybody call a doctor?" and "Which eye?" was bruised on Mayella's face. When Gilmer asked Bob "Are you the father of Mayella Ewell?", Bob responded rudely and was cautioned by Judge Taylor to avoid further "audibly obscene speculations." Atticus showed that Bob could have been the assailant when he asked "Would you write your name for us?" and Bob wrote with his left hand. During Mayella's testimony, Scout wonders "Has she got good sense?" and Judge Taylor seems equally mystified about her behavior, asking "What's the matter with you?" When Tom answers Gilmer's question about why he accepted no money from Mayella, Tom seals his fate, and Gilmer repeats Tom's answer: "You felt sorry for her, you felt sorry for her?" And at the end of the proceedings, Reverend Sykes asks Scout, "Miss Jean Louise?" to get her attention in order to join the other black spectators who stand as "Your father's passin' " in honor of Atticus's efforts in defending Tom.

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