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    Reading Comprehension
  I: Introduction
  II: The Challenge
III: The Five Steps  
  IV. 11 Question Types
Macro Questions
spacer1: Main Idea
spacer2: Purpose of the Passage
spacer3: Tone
spacer4: Passage Organization
spacer5: Category of Writing
spacer6: Identity of the author
Micro Questions
spacer7: Detail of the Passage
spacer8: Definition of a term
spacer9: Support for a premise
spacer10: Function of passage part
11: Inference
  V: Tips
  VI: Sample Questions



Question Types: 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.


The Challenge

1: Main Idea