To Kill a Mockingbird chapter 16 & 17 review

Who is the first person to take the stand? Briefly summarize his testimony Mr. Heck Tate, the sheriff, is the first person to testify. On the night in question, Mr. Ewell called Tate to the house. When the sheriff got there, he found Ewell’s daughter lying on the floor, badly beaten. She told the sheriff that Tom Robinson had raped and beaten her. He then got Tom Robinson, brought him to the Ewell house, and asked Mayella if he was the one. She said he was, so the sheriff arrested Robinson.
What does Atticus spend much of his time asking Mr. Tate? He tries to establish which side of the girl’s face was beaten. Tate says that it was the right side: “It was her right eye…I remember now, she was bunged up on that side of her face….”
To what animal does Scout compare Mr. Ewell? How is the comparison fitting? She compares him to a rooster, describing him as “a little bantam cock of a man.” The comparison is fitting because he struts to the stand, has a very red complexion, and his nose is “thin, pointed, and shiny,” like a beak. He speaks loudly and obnoxiously, prompting Scout to describe him as crowing like a rooster.
Where do the Ewells live, and what does this say about their social position in Maycomb County? They live behind the town dump. Economically and socially they are at the bottom among Maycomb’s white population.
How does Mr. Ewell act when he first takes the stand, and how does Judge Taylor react to him? Ewell is crude and informal. He calls the prosecuting attorney “cap’n” and answers the attorney’s questions rudely and sarcastically. The judge puts a quick end to his offensive behavior: “…let’s get something straight. There will be no more audibly obscene speculations on any subject from anybody in this courtroom as long as I’m sitting here.”
What is Mr. Ewell’s version of what happened? Ewell claims that he heard Mayella screaming, so he ran to the house. When he looked in the window, he saw Tom Robinson raping her. He says he then ran around the house to get in but Tom Robinson was already running out the front door. He then went to get the sheriff.
Why does Atticus want Ewell to write his name? He wants the court to see that Ewell is left-handed. Heck Tate had testified that the bruises were on the right side of Mayella’s face. This would strongly suggest that the person who hit her was left-handed.
Jem thinks that Atticus has clinched the case by establishing that Ewell is left-handed. Why does Scout doubt the importance of this fact? Scout is skeptical that the information proves anything. Scout understands that Atticus is trying to show that Ewell might have been the one who beat Mayella. However, the information does not prove that he did it. For one thing, she reasons, Tom Robinson might be left-handed, too.
What does Atticus find strange about Mr. Underwood? He does not like black people, but he protected Atticus and Tom Robinson that night before.
What difference does Scout notice between how Atticus talks to Aunt Alexandra now versus how he used to talk to her? Instead of being immediately irritated, he has a more soft, gentle tone.
Why does Miss Maudie not want to go to the trial? She does not want to see Tom Robinson suffer in court.
What does Atticus say about mobs in general? What does he say about the mob last night in specific? The people in mobs are still human, and in his case, they are people he know, as well.The mob last night was dispelled by an eight-year old kid, which further proves that although they seem like wild animals, they are still human.
What is interesting about Mr. X Billips? X is not an initial; it’s his actual first name.
What are mixed children, and what problems do they face in society? children that are half-white, half-blackBecause they are not completely white or completely black, they do not belong anywhere.
Why does Miss Stephanie not want to go to the trial? She already knows so much about the case that she is afraid she will be called to testify.
Who sits with the African-Americans outside the courthouse, and why does he sit with them? What is he doing, and why? Mr. Dolphus RaymondHe prefers African-Americans over white people.He is drinking out of a paper bag because inside the bag is a bottle full of whiskey, and he does not want the ladies to see that.
What does Scout realize about the situation while listening to the Idler’s Club? Atticus would have had to defend Tom Robinson even if he didn’t want to do so, but yet, people are condescending him as if it was his choice.
Where and with whom do Scout, Jem, and Dill sit? the colored balcony with Reverend Sykes
Who is the judge at the trial? Judge Taylor
What does Scout find strange about Judge Taylor? He allows smoking in the courtroom.
Who is the first person to step to the witness stand? Mr. Heck Tate

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