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 the First: Chapters 1-10
1. What are the ways in which Despereaux is considered to be a disappointment or different, and by whom?
2. In what ways do Despereaux's siblings attempt to educate him on how to be a mouse?
3. What are the basic rules of being a mouse that Despereaux breaks when he hears the music?
4. How does Despereaux's behavior get him into trouble?
5. What causes Despereaux to fall in love with the Princess?
6. What is the purpose of the...
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