Chapter 4 Questions and Answers
1. What is the first present Scout finds in the tree?
2. When Dill says that he helped engineer the train, Jem says, “In a pig’s ear you did, Dill.” What does this mean?
3. Why has “Calpurnia’s tyranny, unfairness, and meddling . . . faded to gentle grumblings of general disapproval,” according to Scout?
4. What does Jem call Miss Caroline’s teaching methods?
5. What is the second present found in the tree?
6. Who is the “meanest old woman that ever lived”?
7. When Atticus asks the children if their game pertains to the Radleys, Jem says “No sir.” Atticus merely responds, “I hope it doesn't.” Why does he stop the conversation at that point?
8. How do cowardice and bravery figure into Scout’s taking part in the dramas about the Radley family?
9. What is the meaning of the following: “Dill was a villain’s villain . . .”?
10. What is a Hot Steam?
1. Scout finds chewing gum in the tree first.
2. The idiomatic expression “In a pig’s ear” means “impossible.”
3. Scout’s attitude—rather than Calpurnia’s behavior—may be the reason for the statement. Scout is spending less time with Calpurnia; possibly they miss each other. Scout is also growing and maturing; this is probably a principal reason for their improved relationship. Scout herself admits that she “went to much trouble, sometimes, not to provoke her.”
4. He calls it the Dewey Decimal System.
5. Indian-head pennies are the second gifts found in the tree.
6. Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose is the “meanest old woman that ever lived.”
7. Atticus may have been following his own lesson: ignore the behavior and it will go away. Atticus did...
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