These ten questions for To Kill a Mockingbird can be used to help facilitate class discussion, or as writing prompts for your students.
To Kill a Mockingbird Discussion Questions
- What is the significance of the novel’s title, To Kill a Mockingbird?
- How does the town of Maycomb and its inhabitants reflect the broader issues of racism and prejudice in the novel?
- Discuss the theme of innocence and coming of age in the novel. How do Scout, Jem, and Dill change and grow throughout To Kill a Mockingbird?
- How does Atticus Finch serve as a moral compass for his children and the town of Maycomb?
- How does the trial of Tom Robinson illustrate the themes of racism and injustice in To Kill a Mockingbird?
- Discuss the relationship between Boo Radley and the Finch children. What does Boo represent and how does he influence the children’s perceptions of the world?
- How does the character of Calpurnia serve as a link between the white and black communities in Maycomb?
- Discuss the role of women in the novel. How do Scout, Jem, and Dill’s relationships with their mother and other female characters shape their understanding of the world?
- How does the novel portray the effects of prejudice on individuals and society as a whole?
- Discuss the use of symbolism in the novel, such as the mockingbird and the Radley place. What do these symbols represent and how do they contribute to the novel’s themes?
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