Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”: Discussion questions

Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman”: Discussion questions


1. Why do you think the author chose to name the benevolent Maycomb attorney “Tonya”?

2. What explains Atticus’s obscene rant against the New York Times?

3. What could the adult Dill be referring to when he mentions having visited an establishment called “Studio 54”?

4. Were you surprised by the revelation that Boo Radley went on to have a successful career as a motivational speaker?

5. Do you think Scout regrets losing her virginity to a young Elvis Presley?

6. The character Marty, who appears quite suddenly, bears a striking resemblance to a character from a popular 1985 film. Did you notice any other coincidences like this?

7. In a recent statement made through her attorney, the author has said that if a film adaptation is made, she’d like to see Kristen Stewart being cast in the role of Scout. Who would you cast in the other roles?

8. Though Dill and Scout were “engaged” in To Kill a Mockingbird, by the time Go Set a Watchman begins, it’s Dill and Jem who are engaged. Was there any foreshadowing of this relationship in Mockingbird?

9. When Atticus tells Scout to “go set a watchman,” why does she initially reach for a portable cassette player?

10. Why do you think the author chose to end the book with a suspenseful cliffhanger as Burris Ewell holds Scout at gunpoint? Do you think she’ll choose to publish any further sequels?

Jay Gabler

  • Found your site looking for discussion questions regarding the book and am extremely surprised you didn’t address the very real race issues with any of your questions.

    • FHill

      Would like to have had questions concerning Atticus in both books a true comparison
      Scouts change and just what may have prompt her to so outspoken.
      There are many angles for discussion.
      Think I will draft my own.
      Surprise the lack of questions that book lovers and reading groups need to promote
      Great discussions .

  • stephanie

    What book are you reading? None of this even makes sense! Haha, what am I missing?

  • Bernard

    I’m still trying to figure out the sexual euphemisms in the first book. What the hell does “bust up that chifferobe” really mean?

    I’m assuming Eula Mae is trying to get the one-armed black man to admit his bi-sexuality (come out of the closet/chifferobe) so she can coax him into a three-way with Gem, who wishes to be dominated while wearing a borrowed chicken wire-and-paper mache ham suit.

    I asked my American Lit professor about it. She was pretty cryptic and would only say that the answers I seek could be found in chapter 14 of “The Davinci Code”.