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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-4: Question Types: Macro Questions- Passage Organization
 
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How to identify Passage Organization questions: Look for questions asking about organization.

Which of the following correctly describes the organization of the passage?

In which of the following ways is the passage organized?

In the third paragraph, the author does which of the following?


How to tackle them: Knowing the function of each paragraph is key to being able to answer organization questions. Remember the Five Steps? Step #3: What is the organization? told you to look out for each paragraph's main point, as well as its function in the passage as a whole. If you make a mental road map of the passage as you read, you already will know how the passage is organized when you reach the questions. Then, answering an organization question is simply a matter of referring to your road map.

 

3. Tone

5. Category of Writing