To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter 20 Questions and Answers

Harper Lee

Chapter 20 Questions and Answers

Study Questions
1. What does Dolphus Raymond give Dill to settle his stomach?

2. What is unusual about Atticus’s clothing during his final summation?

3. What does Atticus argue are some of the reasons that Tom should not be convicted?

4. How does Atticus end his summation?

5. What does Atticus do in court that the children never saw him do even at home?

6. What feeling do both Tom and Atticus have for Mayella?

7. What does Atticus say is a great leveler?

8. Why does Mr. Raymond share this secret with the children?

9. Why does Mr. Raymond pretend to drink?

10. Does Atticus say that kissing Tom was a crime?

Answers
1. Mr. Raymond gives Dill Coca-Cola to settle his stomach.

2. Atticus’s clothing is unusual during final summation because he removes his coat, unbuttons his vest and collar, and loosens his tie. Scout had never seen him do this before in private or in public.

3. Atticus says the state has not produced any medical evidence that the crime that Tom was charged with ever took place.

4. Atticus ends his summation with the words, “In the name of God, believe him.”

5. Atticus removes his coat, unbuttons his vest and collar, and loosens his tie.

6. Atticus pities her; Tom feels sorry for her. These emotions are the same.

7. Atticus says the courts were a great leveler.

8. Raymond says he could share his secret with the children because they would understand.

9. Since people could “never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live,” Raymond pretends to drink to give them a reason for his life-style.

10. Atticus describes Mayella’s kissing Tom as a violation of a social code but not as a crime.