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To Kill a Mockingbird - Themes
The reader often sees Atticus standing alone.

To Kill a Mockingbird - Themes

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This senior high school English Literature quiz challenges you on themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Themes in a work of literature range from the very subtle to the obvious. The multiple themes of a text interact with and comment upon one another. Theme is developed through setting, character, plot and dialog.

1.
Heritage and family are important themes in the novel. Which of the following is NOT correct?
Aunt Alexandra believes that families pass their quirks and characteristics down the generations
Boo Radley's violent episode with the scissors is excused because violence runs in his family
Calpurnia vouches for Tom Robinson's character by referring to the good character of his family
Social status in Maycomb depends to some extent on family history and ancestral claims to land
Many of the characters are ready to excuse or condemn others purely on the basis of their family connections and accepted familial characteristics
2.
Which of the following characters express racist attitudes?
Mrs Dubose
Mayella Ewell
Francis
All of the above
Nearly all of the white inhabitants of Maycomb are racist. Some are overtly so, using phrases such as "nigger lover", while most others have unsuspectingly absorbed racist attitudes into their thinking. The novel shows that racist attitudes need to be confronted and ruthlessly destroyed, somewhat like Miss Maudie's weeds
3.
"When Jem an' I fuss Atticus doesn't ever just listen to Jem's side of it, he hears mine too." Scout's statement to Uncle Jack relates to which of the following themes of the novel?
Courage
Justice
Racial and class prejudice
Solitude
Scout has been raised to expect justice, to believe that innocence will not be punished and that people in authority will seek for the truth above all
4.
What does Scout eventually learn about being a "lady" from Aunt Alexandra?
Sometimes being a lady means hiding deep feelings behind a mask of politeness
A lady is always quiet and kind and never holds strong opinions
"Ladies" only engage in gossip and small talk
Scout never learns anything from Aunt Alexandra except how she does not wish to be as an adult
Scout recognizes and admires the courage necessary for Aunt Alexandra to hide her worry about Atticus in order to play the role of the gracious hostess
5.
The reader often sees Atticus standing alone, for example in facing the rabid dog, preventing the lynching of Tom Robinson and in the courtroom. These scenes relate to which of the following themes?
Prejudice
Courage
Gender
Community
Although the children admire Atticus for his courage in facing the rabid dog, he shows much greater courage when he stands alone in his attempt to prevent Tom's death
6.
After expending much effort trying to draw Boo Radley out of his house, what does Jem realize?
That Maycomb prefers people like Boo Radley to keep hidden away
That 'old' families like the Radleys can behave however they please
That the Radleys are solitary people and that Boo cannot help following the family trait
Boo Radley's solitude might be chosen
Jem feels despair at the injustice he has witnessed amongst the people of Maycomb and empathizes with anyone who would wish to shut himself away from communal life
7.
Atticus teaches Jem and Scout that they must learn to see the world from other people's perspectives. This relates to which of the following themes?
Understanding and compassion
Truth
Justice
All of the above
Atticus tells his children that they can never know someone until they have walked in that person's shoes. Understanding someone is the basis for compassion, truth and the pursuit of justice
8.
Why does Atticus make Jem read to Mrs Dubose?
He wants Jem to make compensation for destroying Mrs Dubose's flowers
He feels sorry for Mrs Dubose, who is dying
He wishes to teach Jem about true courage
All of the above
Atticus has many reasons for making Jem read to Mrs Dubose. He especially wishes his children to see that courage can be found in the most unlikely places and the most unlikely people
9.
One of the stories which Jem and Scout believe, along with all the other children of Maycomb (and some adults), is that eating anything taken from the Radley yard is potentially fatal. This belief relates to which of the following themes?
Generosity and neighborliness
Distinguishing truth from hearsay and folklore
The importance of family and heritage
All of the above
Jem and Scout test this belief for themselves when they try the chewing gum found in the knot-hole
10.
Why is Burris Ewell not forced to go to school?
The Ewell family have a formal exemption from obeying the law
Those in authority have no concern for the Ewell family
Those in authority know that he cannot be forced into being educated although he could, with effort, be forced to attend school
Those in authority are afraid of the Ewells and how they might respond if Burris is forced to attend school
Atticus gives the situation with the Ewells as a case where the law is knowingly bent to accommodate certain people
Author:  Sheri Smith

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