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
1. Summarize the story.
2. What is Charles Ryder's state of mind in the opening chapter?
3. How does Charles show his melancholic state of mind in the opening chapter?
4. To what does Charles compare the army?
5. Why do you think Charles compares the army to a woman?
6. Why does Brideshead interest Charles so much?
7. Summarize the opening chapter.
8. From whose point of view is the story told?
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