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 and 2
1. What information does Art Bechstein, the protagonist, provide at the beginning of THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH?
2. What is Art's perspective on his education and his upcoming summer?
3. How does Art meet Arthur?
4. Why does Art agree to have a beer with Arthur?
5. Why is Art's life filled with secrets?
6. Describe this period of "dilated time" in Art's life.
Short Essay Question - Chapters 3 and 4
7. How does the topic of homosexuality...
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