To Kill a Mockingbird Book Report

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Sentences and Definitions Benevolence: n – desire to do good to other; good will; charitableness – pg. 47 – “Miss Maudie’s benevolence extended to Jem and Dill, whenever they paused in their pursuits: we reaped the benefits of a talent Miss Maudie had hitherto kept hidden within us.” Melancholy: n – gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression – pg. 114 – “If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation regarding our behavior and given a melancholy prediction of what we would amount to when we grew up, which was always nothing.” Habiliments: n – clothes or clothing – pg. 134 – “When Calpurnia stayed overnight with us she slept on a folding cot in the kitchen; that morning it was covered with our Sunday habiliments.” Ecclesiastical: adj. – of, or pertaining to the church or clergy – pg. 136 – “There was no sign of piano, organ, hymn books, church programs – the familiar ecclesiastical impedimenta we saw every Sunday.” Ambidextrous: adj. – able to use both hands fairly well – pg. 203 – “About your writing with your left hand, are you ambidextrous, Mr. Ewell?” Objective Questions What does the title, To Kill a Mockingbird mean? In the story, Atticus says, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird.” When Scout asks her neighbor Miss Maudie what Atticus meant she explained, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up peoples gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The title means that to prejudice against one who is harmless or innocent is a cruel injustice. Why was it so detrimental to Tom Robinson’s case fir him to say, “…I felt right sorry for her…” when
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