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 - Chapters 1 through 5
1. What does Henry's grandfather give him that is important to him?
2. What happens when Henry's father drives to an orange grove to pick oranges?
3. Why wouldn't Big Henry allow Henry's mother to give Aunt Anna money when they obviously needed some to buy food?
4. Describe, in detail, an example of Big Henry's tendency to create scenes in public.
5. Why did Henry become obsessed with bathroom practices in kindergarten?
6. How can the reader infer that Aunt Anna...
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