To Kill A MockingbirdBackground and Questions for EFL Students
Background • Based on a novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the South during the period of segregation. – In other words, during this time Blacks and Whites had to live very seperately.
Main Characters• Scout, a tomboy• Jem, her older brother• Atticus, their father• Dill, their friend• Tom Robinson, the man Atticus defends in court• Calpernia, housekeeper
Questions• After watching the beginning of the film discuss the following: – How do the children spend their time? Describe childhood in this town. – How does childhood here compare? – If you were going to make a movie about your childhood, what are 3 or 4 activities you’d show the children doing?
About the Characters• What are 3 adjectives you’d use to describe Scout, Jem and Atticus? What about Dill?• What kind of father is Atticus?• What are some of the things the children believe about Boo? – What is the basis of these beliefs?