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    Reading Comprehension
  I: Introduction
  II: The Challenge
III: The Five Steps  
  IV. 11 Question Types
Macro Questions
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Micro Questions
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11: Inference
  V: Tips
  VI: Sample Questions
   

Section 4: Type 9 - Support for a Premise
 
 

Say the author makes an assertion, such as “Small dogs make great pets”. Does the author back it with any evidence? A question may ask you to figure out how a premise is defended. Common forms of evidence include:

Examples—Maybe the author recounts the devoted poodle he had as a kid.

Statistics
—Perhaps the author surveys dog owners and finds that owners of small dogs are more satisfied with their pets.

Logical Argument—the author presents logical reasons that small dogs would, necessarily, be great pets. They’re cute,


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 Micro Questions: Function of a part of the passage