Short Essay Questions
The 60 short essay questions listed in this section require a one to two sentence answer. They ask students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the text. Students must describe what they've read, rather than just recall it.
Short Essay Question - Prologue, and Rich Chicago Girl
1. Why does Mary Alice move in with her grandmother? What does this reveal about the Great Depression?
2. What is a main reason for why Mary Alice does not want to move in with her grandmother? Why might she feel this way?
3. What does Mary Alice bring to Grandma's house? Why does she bring this?
4. How does Grandma greet Mary Alice? Why might she act this way?
5. Where does Mary Alice go directly after arriving in town? What is happening there...
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