To Kill a Mockingbird

Chapter 5.

1)In response to Scout's question about whether Boo is crazy, Maudie says:"If he's not he should be by now. The things that to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors, what secrets--" What is she suggesting has happened to Boo? What kind of secrets in general might she be referring to?

2)Explain the "lawyer's trick" Atticus uses to get Jem to confess to the backyard Boo-dramas. [page 49]

3)Explain Miss Maudie's statement:". . . sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of--oh, your father," Can you imagine an instance(or think of an instance in your experience) when this might be true? Describe it.

4)What do you know about Dill that might explain why he wants Boo to come out and "sit a spell with us" in order to "feel better" ? Why, too, is it understandable that Dill lies so often and so well?

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1. The fact that Arthur has been kept inside for so long is unnatural, i.e. "crazy."

2. What Atticus suspected from watching the children's behavior was exactly what it was. When Atticus asked if the game they were playing had anything to do with the Radleys, Jem denied it. Atticus then told the children he didn't want them playing a certain silly game he'd seen them playing nor to "make fun of anyone in this neoghborhood," whereupon Jem gave hhimself away by blurting,"We weren't making fun of him, we were..," then Atticus broke in, "Ah, so this DID have to do with the Radleys." Even though Atticus hadn't named anyone in his dictum, Jem knew exactly who Atticus was talking about. Thus, the "lawyer's trick" of baiting the witness.

I think I agree with Al's answer...