In order to make the exercises concerning the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", you should study the following vocabulary.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is about 6-year-old Scout Finch and what she learns about people and about life. The novel was written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. The story is set in the segregated South in the 1930's. Scout's father Atticus is a lawyer and defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Although it becomes clear over the course of the story that Tom Robinson cannot have committed the crime, he is convicted and sentenced to death. This is because an "all-white jury" would have never acquitted a black man at the time of racial segregation.
lawyer = a person whose profession is to represent clients in a court of law
court = a place where justice is administered (Gericht)
crime = criminal activity
legislature = a body of persons who are empowered to make or change the laws of a country
defendant = a person who is accused of having committed a crime and thus represented in court
There is no doubt that he committed the crime.
I couldn't represent this county in the legislature.
to defend = here: to serve as a lawyer for somebody who is accused of a crime
to accuse = to charge sb. with a crime
to commit = to do, to perform
to convict = to declare guilty (verurteilen)
to sentence sb. to death = to condemn to death as a punishment (zum Tode verurteilen)
to acquit = to declare not guilty (freisprechen)
to rape = to force sb. to have sexual intercourse
Atticus defended a black man who was accused of rape.
There is no evidence he has committed the crime.
He was convicted and sentenced to death on the electric chair.