Chapter 11


Chapter 10 & 11 Thought Questions

1. Why do you think Atticus never let on that he was an expert marksman?

2. Why does Atticus consider it a sin to kill a mockingbird but okay to kill a mad dog?

3. Explain Atticus's definition of courage at the end of Chapter 11.


Chapter 11 Study Guide Questions

1. Describe Mrs. Dubose.
2. Why does Jem destroy Mrs. Dubose’s flower garden?

3. What does Atticus mean when he says, “This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that
goes to the essence of a man’s conscience—Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man”?

4. What is Jem’s punishment for ruining the flower garden?
5. Why is Mrs. Dubose so sick?
6. What does Atticus tell Jem was the one thing Mrs. Dubose wanted to do before she died?
7. What does Mrs. Dubose give Jem?
8. What is the reason Atticus wanted Jem to meet Mrs. Dubose?

15 comments:

  1. SG4: Jem ruined Mrs. Dubose's flower garden, so she got to pick his punishment. She told him that he needed to come over her house every day after school and on Saturdays and read to her. Scout went with him and they had to stay until her alarm went off and it was time for her medicine.

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  2. SG2: Jem destroys Mrs.Dubose's flower garden because Mrs.Dubose called Atticus a nigger lover and Jem got really mad and lost his temper.

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  3. SG 5: Mrs.Dubose had cancer and was addicted to morphine which is why she is so sick.

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  4. SQ1 Mrs. Dubose is an old lady. She sits on her porch in a wheel chair and yells at people that pass by. She is a morphine addict. She isn't a very happy lady.

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  5. SG4- Jem's punishment for running Mrs. Dubose's flower garden is that he has to go read to her. Jem must read to Mrs. Dubose for 2 hours everyday. He was supposed to read to her for one month, but she asked for one more week after the month was over.

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  6. Sg6: Atticus tells Jem that Mrs. Dubose wanted to get rid of her morphine addiction before she died, so she could pass away "beholden to nothing and nobody". In the end, Jem unconsciously helped Mrs. Dubose overcome her addiction by reading to her.

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  7. Sg1 Mrs. Dubose is a mean unkind old lady who sits on her porch and yells at Jem and Scout. She is also very sick and can not do much. One really bad problem is that she is addicted to morphine and is trying to get off of it. Since she didn't take morphine and wanted to die pure she eventually passed away.

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  8. SG5: Mrs. Dubose is so sick because she is a morphine addict. She is trying to ween herself off of the drug. She is having affects of withdrawl. Because of her withdrawl, she is "weirdly salivating" when Scout and Jem read to her. She is in a daze and doesn't really listen to Jem while he is reading Ivanhoe. Mrs. Dubose is very insistent on not being addicted to morphine before she dies. She is also sick because she is very old and frail.

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  9. Reply to Katie N: Jem and Scout were also forced to read to her for an extra week because she wanted to be completely sure that Jem's month was up. Atticus backed her up so the children kept reading to her.

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  10. Rep,y to Liz : when he lost his temper he destroyed her flowers.

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  11. Reply to Julia: Not only was Jem punished by Mrs. Dubose by having to read to her, she was also frowned upon by Atticus for totally ruining the poor woman's lawn and snapping his sister's baton in half.

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  12. Reply To Mallorey: Yes she was very sick and she could not do much.

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  13. SG7: In the beginning of the chapter, Jem cut all of the camellias in Mrs. Dubose's camellia bush. He did this because she was bad mouthing Atticus. She said:"Your father's no better than the niggers he works for." After she died, she left Jem a present. She has mentioned a camellia named Snow-on-the-Mountain that Jem tore down and she have it to him as a reminder of her and to tell him everything's alright.

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  14. Reply to Liz: Jem ruins her garden because she made him so mad that he wanted her to get mad, too. He really didn't like it when people insulted his dad. Because of his small temper, he had to clean up the Camillas. Also, he had to read to Mrs. Dubose for a month.

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  15. Reply to Lexi: she also dislikes Atticus because he is defending a black man in trial. She bad mouths the Finch family simply because of that and the fact that he lets his kids roam around town by themselves. She also treasures her camellia bush garden which Jem had cut down.

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