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 - Act 1, Scene 1
1. Describe what the reader first knows about the Duchess.
2. Is the Cardinal well respected by Bosola? Why or why not?
3. What does the Duchess think of her brothers at the beginning of the play?
4. What can a reader learn about Antonio in just the first scene?
Short Essay Question - Act 1, Scene 2
5. What does the Duchess think about her brothers' declaration that she should not marry? What does she do after they leave?
6. Why does...
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