To Kill A MockingBird Chapter
Chapter Summary and Questions
Atticus starts the trial by asking Tom questions about his
age and family
Jem tells scout that Atticus is trying hard to show the jury the innocence
Tom says how Mayella called him every time he passed by her
house, and gave him different jobs to do.
Tom explains what happened that day when he was accused. Mayella calls him in the house and told him to fix the door. It
seemed alright to Tom. Then she told him to get something down from the top of a wardrobe. She pulled his legs and when he went
down, she jumped on him hugged him then kissed him. Telling him that she had never kissed a grown man before.
During that situation, Mr.Ewell comes shouting through the
window. Tom runs
Tom says the real reason he helped Mayella
because he knew she was poor and no one else
around her would help her
At this point, scout thinks that Mayella is more lonely than Boo
Radley and calls her “the loneliest person in the world”
Being asked so many questions, Tom
finally says that he did all of the jobs
Mayella told him to do because he felt
bad for her
The judge seems to be mad and does not talk for a brief moment to make Tom realize his mistake.
Mr. Link Deas gets up to tell the judge that he had never seen any
harm from Tom for the past 8 years
Finally Dill starts crying because he is tired of how the judge is
treating Tom, then all three of them get out of the courtroom
1. Why do you think Tom Robinson made a mistake by
saying that he felt sorry for Miss Mayella?
2. Why do you think Mr. Link Deas stood up and talk in
favor of Tom?
3. Why did scout call Mayella “The loneliest person in the
4. How did Mr.Gilmer make Dill cry?
5. Why did Tom Robinson run away from Miss Mayella?
6. Why would Mr.Gilmer interrogate Tom Robinson in
such a harsh manner?
7. When Mr.Ewell appeared during the scene between
Tom and Mayella, what did Tom do?