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. Why is 1907 an important year for Ellis Island?
2. Why do David and his mother come to New York?
3. Who does David's mother fail to recognize?
4. Why is Albert in a foul mood when his wife and child arrive in New York?
5. Why is David afraid of Albert when he first arrives in New York?
6. What is Genya's reaction to Albert's foul mood when she arrives in New York?
7. What is Albert's reaction to...
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