Main Idea Questions (finding the main idea)
Typically asks you to find the main point of the passage.
Typically phrased in one of the following ways:
The passage deals mainly with...
The main idea of this selection may be expressed as...
The title that best expresses the ideas of this passage is...
The writer's main purpose is apparently...
The best name for this story is...
The best title for this passage is...
Word-in-Context Questions (figuring out meaning from context clues)
Typically wants you to figure out meaning of words from the context of other words in the sentence.
Typically calls your attention to vocabulary and definitions:
The word __________, as underlined and used in this passage, most nearly means...
Which of the following gives an example of...
Which of the following definitions most closely fits...
Which of the following is an example of _________...
Which word can be substituted for _________ without changing the meaning of the sentence?
Supporting Idea Questions (distinguishing fact from opinion)
Typically asks you to identify facts in the reading passage.
Typically phrased in a very direct, straightforward manner:
When did the action described in this passage take place?
Why did (so-and-so) do (such-and-such)?
What is the setting of this reading passage?
What did the protagonist of this passage not do?
Which of the following statements is true, based on the reading?
Which of the following questions is answered by the passage?
Inference Questions (drawing conclusions)
Typically asks you to infer information from facts given in the reading passage.
Typically uses words that imply judgment or possibility:
Why do you think that...
What is most likely...
Comparing the two paragraphs in this reading passage, we can say that...
The author implies that...
Based on the information in this passage, the reader can infer that...
Organization/Logic Questions (arranging grammatical concepts into a coherent whole)
Which of the following best illustrates the outline for this passage?
The first paragraph consists primarily of a description of...
To which of the following does the word _________ in line _______ refer?
Which of the following best summarizes the primary purpose of paragraph two?
Which of the following best describes the relation of the first paragraph to the passage as a whole?
Tone/Use of Figurative Language Questions (the intonation of written words)
Typically asks you to identify the mood of the writer as s/he writes
The author speaks of ______ with what kind of emotion?
Which of the following best describes the author of the passage?
The author's attitude is most likely...
How does the author feel about ___________?
Which of the following emotions did the author most likely feel while writing this passage?
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