I have a lot of Year 10 students this year, and they’re all doing Text and Context. I’m currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – and as a side effect, I’m finally understanding all those jokes which were in the Inaugual UTS Law Revue last year!
Here are some questions you should consider – answers can be found in the links at the bottom of the page.
Written in mid 1950s, then published in 1960.
- When and where was Lee born?
- Who was Lee’s father?
- What did Lee study briefly in the University of Alabama?
- What are the similarities between Lee’s and Scout’s childhoods?
- When and where was the Scottsboro Case?
- What was the Scottsboro case about?
- What demographic were the first juries composed of?
- Who was Samuel Leibowitz and how was he regarded by the public?
- What evidence did the jury ignore?
- DRAW up a table of the similarities between the Scottsboro Case and the Tom Robinson case.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT
- When was the African-American Civil Rights movement?
- What was the situation in the Southern states?
- What is racial segregation?
- What is disfranchisement?
- How do the attitudes in Maycomb reflect the different views of the Civil Rights Movement?
THE GREAT DEPRESSION
- What and when was the Wall Street Crash?
- How were the rural Southern towns affected?
- How do some of the characters (eg. the Cunninghams) reflect the effects of the Great Depression?
- Historical Background: http://library.thinkquest.org/12111/SG/SG5.html
- Historical Context: http://library.thinkquest.org/12111/scottsboro/historic.htm?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1103
- Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_Civil_Rights_Movement_(1955–1968)
- SparkNotes: Context
- BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/prosemockingbird/0prose_mockingbird_contrev1.shtml