To Kill A Mockingbird: The Trial

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A quiz on the trial of Tom Robinson. Made by Ms Usher for Year 11 students at Greenford High School.

  
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  • 1. 
    Name the Judge who presides over Tom Robinson's trial.
    • A. 

      Judge Tyler

    • B. 

      Judge Taylor

    • C. 

      Judge Thomas


  • 2. 
    Where do Jem, Scout and Dill sit during the trial?
    • A. 

      Right up front, near the defendant and witnesses.

    • B. 

      With the Idlers Club: a group of old men who go to the court house every day because they have nothing better today.

    • C. 

      With Reverend Sykes up in the "Coloured balcony."


  • 3. 
    Why is it signifacant that the children sit with Reverend Sykes and the other black people?

  • 4. 
    Name the prosecution lawyer: Mr

  • 5. 
    Who is the first witness to testify?
    • A. 

      Bob Ewell

    • B. 

      Stephanie Crawford

    • C. 

      Heck Tate

    • D. 

      Mayella Ewell

    • E. 

      Tom Robinson


  • 6. 
    What does Heck Tate testify?
    • A. 

      That Mayella Ewell had a black eye on her left.

    • B. 

      That Mayella Ewell had a black eye on her right.

    • C. 

      That Mayella Ewell had a black eye on her left and had bruises all around her throat.

    • D. 

      That Mayella Ewell had a black eye on her right and had bruises all around her throat.


  • 7. 
    Did Heck Tate and the Ewells call a doctor for Mayella?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No


  • 8. 
    Scout describes the way Atticus runs the questioning:"With his infinite capacity for calming turbulent seas, he could make a rape case as dry as a......Check the meaning of any words here.  
    • A. 

      Beach

    • B. 

      Sermon

    • C. 

      Book


  • 9. 
    Where do the Ewells live?
    • A. 

      Behind the town dump, in an old Negro cabin.

    • B. 

      In a village outside Maycomb.

    • C. 

      In the centre of Maycomb.


  • 10. 
    Which three of these words could you use to describe Bob Ewell?Again, if you want to look any of them up, click here.
    • A. 

      Vulgar

    • B. 

      Malicious

    • C. 

      Unintelligent

    • D. 

      Possessive

    • E. 

      Unwashed


  • 11. 
    "As Judge Taylor banged his gavel, Mr Ewell was sitting smugly in the witness chair, surveying his handiwork."Which two words suggest that Mr Ewell intends to cause chaos?
    • A. 

      His

    • B. 

      Handiwork

    • C. 

      Sitting

    • D. 

      Smugly


  • 12. 
    Atticus asks Bob Ewell to sign his name in front of the court. What does this show the jury (and the reader)?
    • A. 

      That Bob Ewell can actually write.

    • B. 

      That Bob Ewell is right-handed and could have caused Mayella's injuries.

    • C. 

      That Bob Ewell is left-handed and could have caused Mayella's injuries.


  • 13. 
    Mayella is the next to testify.Who is the first to question her, and how does she respond?
    • A. 

      Atticus. She cries.

    • B. 

      Mr Gilmer. She cries.

    • C. 

      Atticus. She gets angry.

    • D. 

      Mr Gilmer. She is reticent with her answers and then cries.


  • 14. 
    This quotation comes from after she has calmed down. "Apparently Mayella's recital had given her confidence, but it was not her father's brash kind: there was something stealthy about hers, like a steady-eyed cat with a twitchy tail."Which two words suggest she is lying?If you need to look any of them up, click here.
    • A. 

      Confidence

    • B. 

      Recital

    • C. 

      Brash

    • D. 

      Cat

    • E. 

      Stealthy


  • 15. 
    How does Atticus address Mayella? Hint: it offends her.

  • 16. 
    What does Atticus ask Tom Robinson to do during the testimony?
    • A. 

      Stand up so the jury and court can see that he has a 'small shrivelled' left hand. It would have been impossible for him to have caused Mayella's injuries.

    • B. 

      Not interrupt the court.

    • C. 

      Stand up so the jury and court can see that he has a 'small shrivelled' right hand. It would have been impossible for him to have caused Mayella's injuries.


  • 17. 
    How did Tom's hand become shrivelled?
    • A. 

      It was a birth defect.

    • B. 

      He had polio as a child.

    • C. 

      He got it caught in Dolphus Raymond's cotton-picking machinery as a boy.


  • 18. 
    How does Mayella's testimony end? Complete the quotation:"Then she....
    • A. 

      Started sobbing.

    • B. 

      Burst into real tears.

    • C. 

      Ran out of the courtroom.


  • 19. 
    This is the opening of Chapter 19. "Thomas Robinson reached around, ran his fingers under his left arm and lifted it. He guided his arm to the Bible and his rubber-like left hand sought contact with the black binding. As he raised his right hand, the useless one slipped off the Bible and hit the clerk's table. The opening of Chapter 19 is an example of:
    • A. 

      Description.

    • B. 

      Simile.

    • C. 

      Harper Lee's cinematic style. This passage allows the reader to imagine a close-up in their mind.

    • D. 

      The episodic nature of the novel.


  • 20. 
    What is the point of Atticus asking Tom Robinson so many questions about his background?
    • A. 

      To show that he is not guilty.

    • B. 

      To show that he has nothing to hide, and to show the court that he is respectable and honest.

    • C. 

      To make the court feel sorry for him.


  • 21. 
    What word does Tom use throughout his testimony to show his respect?Note: Bob Ewell and Mayella Ewell did not have to use this word.

  • 22. 
    What is "suh" an example of?
    • A. 

      Idiolect

    • B. 

      Subject

    • C. 

      Dialect

    • D. 

      Delectable


  • 23. 
    " 'Mr Finch, I got down offa that chair an' turned around an' she sorta jumped on me.''Jumped on you? Violently?'No suh, she - she hugged me.' "Why does Tom Robinson hesitate in his testimony?
    • A. 

      It's not the truth.

    • B. 

      He knows that the court will be angry and outraged at what he says.


  • 24. 
    Which words show Tom Robinson's hesitation? " 'Mr Finch, I got down offa that chair an' turned around an' she sorta jumped on me.''Jumped on you? Violently?'No suh, she - she hugged me.' "Why does Tom Robinson hesitate in his testimony?

  • 25. 
    What is the effect of Harper Lee using lots of dialogue in the courtroom scene? Pick three.
    • A. 

      It makes it realistic.

    • B. 

      It makes the atmosphere claustraphobic and intense, raising tension.

    • C. 

      It's easier for the reader to follow.

    • D. 

      It's annoying.

    • E. 

      It's part of her cinematic style - often films are dialogue-heavy.


  • 26. 
    During his interrogation of Tom Robinson, what word does Mr Gilmer use to address Tom that| Dill finds very offensive?

  • 27. 
    Who starts crying and has to leave the courtroom?
    • A. 

      Scout

    • B. 

      Jem

    • C. 

      Dill


  • 28. 
    "You aren't _____-hided, it just makes you _____, doesn't it?"Which two words are missing from this quotation from Dolphus Raymond?
    • A. 

      "thin" and "cry"

    • B. 

      "thick" and "sick"

    • C. 

      "thin and "unhappy"

    • D. 

      "thick" and "cry"

    • E. 

      "thin" and "sick"


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