To Kill a Mockingbird chapters 22-25

Why did Jem cry? Jem cried because he was shocked at the injustice of the jury, people from his own town, whom he had always considered above such injustice.
What was “round the back steps” when Calpurnia came in on Monday morning? The black community had left all kinds of food “round the back steps” for Atticus and his family as a gesture of thanks for all he had done to defend Tom Robinson.
What was the significance of Maudie’s two little cakes and one large one? Maudie had two little cakes for Scout and Dill, but Jem got a slice from the big cake. This was Maudie’s symbolic way of saying that she accepted Jem as a young man instead of a boy.
Describe Bob Ewell’s meeting with Atticus at the post office. Bob Ewell wanted to fight with Atticus when they met at the post office. Atticus just said he was too old to fight, and he walked away. Bob Ewell then threatened to get even with Atticus.
What is Atticus’s reaction to Ewell’s threats? Atticus rationally understands that Bob Ewell is upset, but he does not believe that Bob would actually do any physical harm to anyone.
Alexandra does not want Scout playing with Walter Cunningham. Why not? Alexandra thinks the Cunninghams are trash because they don’t have the background of the Finches.
Jem said. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time ….it’s because he wants to stay inside.” Why does he say this? The world is starting to look complicated to Jem. The jury decision, all the talk about social class and the problem of what exactly “background” means, and Mr. Raymond’s false drinking problem are all weighing on his mind, and he’s trying to get things all sorted out with understandable definitions. He is learning that things in the real world just aren’t easy to sort out and understand.
Mrs. Merriweather of the missionary circle complains about her cooks and field hands. What does that tell us about her? As a member of the missionary circle, she is very concerned about the personal welfare of many Africans, but in her own back yard, Mrs. Merriweather is as prejudiced as she could be. She is a hypocrite.
What happened to Tom Robinson? Tom was shot when he tries to escape from prison.
What more do we learn about Alexandra after Atticus and Calpurnia leave? Alexandra seems more well-rounded in this section. We see clearly for the first time that she loves and is concerned about her brother. We see that she takes the news of Tom Robinson’s death with difficulty, yet she gathers herself together and carries on with her guests. She seems a bit more human and noble that he had before.
What did Mr. Underwoood’s editorial say? In his editorial, Mr. Underwood likened Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children.

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