Reading non fiction texts-questions

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The question on your understanding of a text

Like the first type of question, this question tests your understanding of the text, but while the first type asks for information given in the text (eg facts that you can quote), this kind of question asks you for ideas or feelings that are implied by the text (eg attitudes which are not necessarily clearly stated).

You therefore have to infer meaning, which means reading between the lines, so you need to decide what someone thinks from how they say things, not just from what they say.

Inferred meaning

We use this kind of indirect language everyday, to give our words a certain effect. An example is when we are sarcastic: "'Mmm, delicious,' she said looking at the solitary sandwich on the table."

Even without any context (like where this is happening or who the person…


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