HOW TO HANDLE MACRO QUESTIONS
To answer a macro question, you need to understand how the major parts of the passage fit together. This is why we use the 5 questions:
Question 1. What is the passage type?
Question 2. What is each paragraph about?
Question 3. What is the organization? Create a mental road map
Question 4. What is the big idea?
Question 5. What is the author’s purpose?
The Five Questions are an effective means for answering macro questions because they enable you to focus on the big issues of the essay.
As you read the passage, look for answers to the Five Questions. Having done this, you should be able to answer the macro questions without referring back to the passage. You will then have plenty of time to use for answering the micro questions.