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 - Book 1, Pages 1-15
1. In what ways is the protagonist, Bruce Wayne, conflicted at the beginning of "The Dark Knight Returns"?
2. In what ways are the soaring high temperatures symbolic of the violence in Gotham City?
3. How does the attempted mugging of Bruce Wayne trigger a flashback to a former violent act?
4. What is the symbolic significance of the split panels for the illustrations in the scene before Harvey Dent's new face is revealed?
5. In Crime Alley during the Mutants' attempted mugging, Bruce Wayne believes...
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