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 Quincy (1838 - 1848) | Chapter 2 Boston (1848-1854)
1. What are the four main influences Henry Adams describes in the first chapter, "Quincy"?
2. Why is Charles Sumner a hero to Henry Adams?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 3 Washington (1850-1854) | Chapter 4 Harvard (1854-1858)
3. When Henry Adams visits the South in "Washington", how does he describe it?
4. What happened to Henry Adams' political biases at Harvard?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 5 Berlin (1858-1859) | Chapter 6 Rome (1859-1860)
5. Why does Henry Adams feel...
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