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 13
1. Who is the woman who shows up at Martha Boyle's front door at the beginning of the story and what does the woman give to Martha?
2. What must Olive's mother know about her daughter regarding any friendship with Martha?
3. What is important to Olive's mother about what Martha must have done at some time?
4. What does Martha recall about Olive's death?
5. How did Martha know Olive?
6. What does Martha learn about Olive by reading the first...
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