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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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Chapter 16 Questions and Answers

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1. Who presides over Tom’s trial?

2. What does the word elucidate mean?

3. What makes one a Mennonite, according to Jem?

4. What does Atticus say is the result of naming people after Confederate generals?

5. What does Atticus say had brought the mob to its senses?

6. What is the Idlers’ Club?

7. With whom do the children sit in court?

8. What two things keep Mr. Raymond from being trash?

9. What do the foot-washers say to Miss Maudie?

10. Why does Aunt Alexandra criticize Atticus?

1. Judge Taylor presides over Tom Robinson’s trial.

2. Elucidate means to explain or to clarify.

3. Mennonites don’t use buttons, they live deep in the woods, trade across the river, rarely come to Maycomb, and have blue eyes. The men do not shave after they marry.

4. Atticus says the naming made them steady drinkers.

5. Atticus says an eight-year-old brought the mob to its senses.

6. The Idlers’ Club is a group of retired men who frequent the court and the courthouse.

7. The children sit with Reverend Sykes.

8. Mr. Raymond is from an old family and owns land.

9. The foot-washers yell “He that cometh in vanity departeth in darkness.”

10. Aunt Alexandra criticizes Atticus for talking about Mr. Underwood’s racist feelings in front of Calpurnia.

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