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To Kill a Mockingbird

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Tom Robinson's Case Introduced

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Each of the following statements examines one way in which the Tom Robinson case could have been introduced differently into the narrative and concludes what the likely effect of the change would have been on the novel as a whole.

Which conclusion can you evaluate to be incorrect or unsupportable?

A

If the case had been introduced in Ch. 1, it would have allowed the novel to make a stronger overall statement about racial discrimination and about the historical struggles for justice in America.

B

If the case had been introduced via interactions between adults instead of children, the mechanisms whereby people’s core prejudices are formed would not have been as well portrayed.

C

If the case had been introduced without any direct dialogue the immediacy of the conflict would not have been transmitted as clearly and it would not have seemed as personal to the characters’ lives.

D

If the case had been introduced without the repeated use of the usually offensive word “niggers” the strength of the town people’s prejudice would not have been as forcefully expressed.

E

If the case had been introduced in an explanation from Atticus instead of a confused children's fight, it would have lessened the reader’s interest in figuring out the cause for the controversy.