Compre short questions
Can I practise these on my own? How?
To begin, know what to ask yourself when you are doing a close reading of any text. Since short comprehension questions require close reading, you can rehearse common questions with whatever text you are reading.
What is the writer’s single,big idea i.e. his thesis ?
What is the writer’s point here/in this paragraph/for saying “….” ?
What does the writer mean when he writes “…………..” ?
What is the meaning of this word/phrase ?
Why does the writer use this word/phrase/reference or illustration/punctuation/analogy etc ?
(i.e. What is his intention/purpose ?)
and Explain the relationship/s that the writer use/s in the text.
This could be a causal relationship, irony/paradox/contradiction, analogy, similarity, difference/contrast etc
Explain the entire argument