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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-6: Question Types: Macro Questions- Identity of the Author (Advanced)
 
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This question type asks you to identify the type of person who wrote the passage. Don't forget to use some elementary logic. A passage written about the mating habits of the whale probably will not have been written by a senator.

How to identify Identity of Author questions:
Look for questions that ask about the author.

Who is the most likely author of the passage?

Who of the following might have written the passage?


How to tackle them: Use the main idea and purpose. You know what the passage is saying. You know the author’s purpose. So think, who would write such a passage?

Think back to the passage on water management. The government had screwed up water management by having agencies that didn’t coordinate with one another. The author’s purpose was to tell us about these problems. His goal was for us to understand the problems as well as he did. So who could he be? Perhaps he is an academic who studies land management. Perhaps he is a lobbyist for an organization that supports irrigation. He could be a journalist who specializes in these issues. Use the main idea and purpose in conjunction with common sense. Who would be the likely author of a passage describing governmental problems in the management of water resources?

 

5. Category of Writing

Micro Questions