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
1. Describe Maria's appearance when she first comes on stage.
2. In what ways does Maria engage with the audience at the beginning of the play?
3. What does Maria say about the appearance of Manny, her accompanist?
4. Describe two examples of Maria's diva behavior in Act I.
5. How did Maria learn to be disciplined about music during the war?
6. In what way is Maria critical of Sophie even before she begins to sing?
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