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Levels of Questioning

The Six Levels of Questioning

 

 

Level 1 –– Knowledge

Exhibit memory of previously-learned materials by recalling facts, terms, basic concepts, and answers.

 

Key Words

who what why when where which omit

choose find how define label show spell

list match name relate tell recall select

 

Sample Questions

What is…?

Who was…?

How is…?

Where is…?

How did _____ happen?

When did _____ happen?

Why did…?

When did…?

How would you show…?

Who were the main…?

Which one…?

How would you describe…?

Can you recall…?

Can you select…?

Can you list the three…?

 

 

Level 2 –– Comprehension

Demonstrate understand of facts and ideas by organizing, comparing, translating, interpreting, giving descriptions, and stating main ideas.

 

Key Words

compare contrast demonstrate interpret explain

extend illustrate infer outline relate

rephrase translate summarize show classify

 

Sample Questions

What is the main idea of…?

What facts or ideas show…?

Can you explain what is happening…?

What does _____ mean?

How would you classify the type of…?

How would you compare…?

How would you contrast…?

Put in your own words…

How would you rephrase the meaning of…?

What statements support…?

What can you say about…?

Which is the best answer?

How would you summarize…?

 

 

Level 3 –– Application

Solve problems to new situations by applying acquired knowledge, facts, techniques, and rules in a different way.

 

Key Words

apply build choose construct develop

interview make use of organize plan select

solve utilize model identify experiment

 

Sample Questions

How would you use…?

What examples can you find to…?

What would happen if…?

What parts would you choose to change…?

How would you solve _____ using what you’ve learned?

How would you organize _____ to show…?

How would you show your understanding of…?

What approach would you use to…?

How would you apply what you learned to…?

What other way would you plan to…?

What facts would you select to show…?

What questions would you ask in an interview with…?

 

 

Level 4 –– Analysis

Examine and break information into parts by identifying motives or causes. Make inferences and find evidence to support generalizations.

 

Key Words

analyze categorize classify compare contrast

discover dissect divide examine inspect

simplify survey take part in test for distinguish

list distinction theme relationships function

motive inference assumption conclusion

 

Sample Questions

Why do you think…?

What are the parts or features of…?

How is _____ related to…?

What motive is there…?

Can you list the parts…?

What inference can you make…?

What conclusions can you draw…?

How would you classify…?

How would you categorize…?

What evidence can you find…?

What is the relationship between…?

Can you make a distinction between…?

What is the function of…?

What ideas justify…?

 

 

Level 5 –– Synthesis

Compile information together in a different way by combining elements in a new pattern or proposing alternative solutions.

 

Key Words

build choose combine compile compose

construct create design develop estimate

formulate imagine invent make up originate

plan predict propose solve solution

suppose discuss modify change original

improve adapt minimize maximize delete

theorize elaborate test happen change

 

Sample Questions

What change would you make to solve…?

How would you improve…?

What would happen if…?

Can you elaborate on the reason…?

Can you propose an alternative…?

Can you invent…?

How would you adapt _____ to create a different…?

How would you change or modify the plot…?

What could be done to minimize or maximize…?

What way would you design…?

What could be combined to improve…?

Suppose you could _____. What would you do…?

How would you test…?

Can you formulate a theory for…?

Can you think or an original way for the…?

Can you predict the outcome if…?

 

 

Level 6 –– Evaluation

Present and defend opinions by making judgments about information, validity of ideas, or quality of work based on a set of criteria.

 

Key Words

award choose conclude criticize decide

defend determine dispute evaluate judge

justify measure compare mark rate

recommend rule on select agree appraise

prioritize opinion interpret explain support

importance criteria prove disprove assess

influence perceive value deduct

 

Sample Questions

Do you agree with the actions…? Why or why not?

What is your opinion of…?

Who would you prove or disprove…?

What is the value of…?

Would it be better if…?

Why did the character choose…?

What would you recommend…?

How would you rate…?

What would you cite to defend the actions…?

How would you evaluate…?

What choice would you have made…?

What would you select…?

How would you prioritize…?

What judgment would you make about…?

How would you justify…?

Why is it better…?