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
1. Why has Lena left her home in Alabama?
2. What drives Lena to keep moving on her quest?
3. Two men give Lena a ride in their wagon but one of them is especially concerned about what people might say. What misgivings do the men have about the situation?
4. How does Lena rationalize the fact that Lucas has not yet sent for her?
Short Essay Question - Chapter 2
5. What are Byron Bunch's first impressions of Joe Christmas?
6. How do...
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