So Many Questions?
There are different levels of questions. Many questions only deal with the obvious and ask the reader to regurgitate an answer. Examples of regurgitation questions: What is the setting of Frankenstein? Who is the main character? To encourage higher thinking and learning, questions should make the learner infer and make connections.
Hidden questions make the reader combine pieces of information found in the text and come to a conclusion. These types of questions require inference and interpretation of text. Examples: What are Victor Frankenstein’s motives for creating the “creature?” What evidence do we have that Frankenstein loves Elizabeth?
Questions that require the reader to think beyond are another type of question. These questions require a learner to use prior knowledge and make an informed decision. Students then use what they know to deduce or predict an answer. Example: What do you think would have happened if “the creature” had been parented by his creator—Victor Frankenstein?