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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-10: Question Types: Micro Questions- Function of Passage Part
 
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Just why does the author say the things he or she does? Every part of the passage has a purpose, which is typically connected to the main idea.

How to identify a function of passage part question:
The question will ask why the author says something.

For what reason does the author mention the slave rebellion as highlighted?

Why does the author cite the studies on macro warming in paragraph 3?

What function does the analogy to a military coup in paragraph 2 serve?


How to tackle it: Generally the function of most passage parts can be identified as one of the following:

1. Support a point made elsewhere in the passage (maybe the main idea).
2. Show why two things are similar or different.
3. Clarify a point.



















9. Support for a Premise

11. Inference