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 - Part 1 Chapter 1
1. Why do you think the land around Independence was called Blue River Country?
2. Why did the Kansas-Nebraska Act cause so much trouble in Missouri?
3. The Mormons were not welcome in Missouri, although immigrants from all other states were allowed to settle. What were the fundamental differences in the approach the Mormons took to settle, and why was this so difficult for Missouri people?
4. In the first chapter of the book, Truman's ancestors are the focus, and he does not enter the story until late in...
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