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 - Chapter 1
1. In what way in this chapter does Dick blur the lines between real and artificial?
2. In what way is Rick despair different to his wife's?
3. What does the mood organ symbolize?
4. In what way does Rick's sheep symbolize denial of the artificiality of his life?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 2
5. How does Dick present John Isidore's character?
6. In what way does the class system reflect the book's theme of blurring the lines between real and artificial?
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