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 - Introduction
1. What do you think will happen to the "credulous and literal-minded" if they walk into the "ancient trap" that Gregory considers history to be?
2. Why does Gregory think that history is important?
3. Gregory says that In the American Grain is not a historical textbook or book of essays. What is it?
4. Why does Gregory not fully appreciate the chapter on Cotton Mather?
Short Essay Question - Red Eric
5. Why was Eric the Red exiled from Iceland?
6. How does Eric the...
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