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. Describe the circumstances that lead the McCourt family back to Ireland in Chapter 1.
2. Chapter 1 begins the pattern of Malachy losing his jobs. To what extent do you believe he is responsible for this pattern? Is he a victim of fate, or do his actions cause these negative consequences?
3. Describe the effect Margaret's death has on the family in Chapter 1.
4. What is the overall tone of Chapter 1? What events or details indicate that?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 2
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