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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-8: Question Types: Micro Questions- Definition of a Term
 
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Some micro questions will ask you to define a word or phrase used in the passage. Rely on the passage's context, because the author’s use of a word or phrase might not coincide with the way it is used in normal, everyday speech.

Context clues will help you decipher the meanings of words.

How to identify Definition of a Term questions: Look for questions asking about specific terms or phrases in the passage.

What does the author mean by negative pressure (highlighted text)?

What is the meaning of an “invisible icon” as used in the passage?


Which of the following is an example of “creative destruction” as the author describes it in paragraph 2?


How to tackle them: Most of the time an unusual phrase will be defined in the passage somewhere near the phrase itself. Read the sentences before and after the word or phrase in question to get the context.


Reading Comprehension: Definition of a Term

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7. Detail of the Passage

9. Support for a Premise