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To Kill a Mockingbird

by Harper Lee

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Chapter 5 Questions and Answers

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Study Questions
1. When Scout begins to drift away from the boys, with whom does she spend much time?

2. Why does Miss Maudie hate her house?

3. Why do the children have faith in Miss Maudie?

4. How do the children try to send the message to Boo?

5. What does Miss Maudie mean when she says Atticus is the same in his house as he is on the public streets?

6. What does Uncle Jack yell at Miss Maudie each Christmas?

7. Atticus uses something like a threat when he finds the children trying to get a note to Boo Radley. What is the threat?

8. Uncle Jack Finch says the “best defense to her [Miss Maudie] was spirited offense.” What does he mean by that?

9. What does Miss Maudie mean when she says that the things told about Arthur Radley are “three-fourths colored folks and one-fourth Stephanie Crawford”?

10. What gesture of friendship cements Miss Maudie’s and Scout’s relationship?

Answers
1. Scout begins to spend time with Miss Maudie Atkinson.

2. She considers time spent indoors time wasted. She prefers to spend as much time as possible working in her garden.

3. She has never told on them; she has always been honest with them; she does not pry.

4. The children try to send a message by tying it on a fishing line.

5. She means that Atticus is a man of integrity; the face he presents in public does not differ from the face he presents at home.

6. He yells for Miss Maudie to come out and marry him.

7. He threatens Jem with the possibility that Jem may not become a lawyer.

8. Jack means that he would tease Miss Maudie before she could tease him.

9. She means that most of the things told about Arthur are superstition and gossip.

10. Miss Maudie pushes out her false teeth for Scout to see.

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