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    Reading Comprehension
  I: Introduction  
  II: The Challenge  
  III: The Five Steps  
  IV: Question Types  
       Macro Questions  
           1. Main Idea  
           2. Purpose of the Passage  
           3. Tone  
           4. Passage Organization  
           5. Category of Writing  
           6. Identity of the Author  
       Micro Questions  
           7. Detail of the Passage  
           8. Definition of a Term  
           9. Support for a Premise  
           10. Function of Passage Part  
           11. Inference  
  V: Tips  
  VI: Sample Essays  
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IV: Question Types
 
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SPECIFIC QUESTION TYPES

Nearly all Reading Comprehension questions fall into 11 distinct types:

Macro Questions - cover general issues (macro is Greek for "large" or "big picture")
1. Main idea
2. Purpose of the passage
3. Tone
4. Organization of the passage
5. Category of writing (advanced)
6. Identity of the author (advanced)

Micro Questions - refer to specific elements of the essay
7. Detail of the passage
8. Definition of a term or phrase
9. Support for a premise – where’s the proof?
10. Function of part of the passage (advanced)

Macro/Micro
11. Inference

 

III. The Five Steps

Macro Questions