Reading non fiction texts-questions

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There are four types of question you might have to answer. These questions ask you to find information, explain your choice, discuss presentational techniques and compare texts.

The question on looking for information

The first type of question tests your understanding of a text.

To answer this well you need to do two things:

  1. Find the information the question asks for.
  2. Explain why the information you have chosen answers the question.

The key skill tested here is how to summarise an argument. For this you need to identify what the text is about and then decide if the writer thinks the topic is a good or a bad thing.

You can do this by looking at:

  • The heading or title - this should help you decide on the main subject of the text.
  • Vocabulary - the kinds of words (nouns) used to give information…

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