This is a collection of essay questions to use in your classroom. Some of them can be easily adapted to any text, others are specific to classics like Wuthering Heights, Frankenstein, Macbeth, or 1984.
One of my favorite ways to assess students is to have them write an essay. I find it is the best way to give them a voice and allow them to explain their thoughts about the text. It is also much more challenging and appropriate to college expectations than just a multiple choice test.