Answering the Question Completely

Answering the Question Completely

Author: Sydney Bauer
This lesson explains how to give a complete answer to reading comprehension questions.
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Introduction to Psychology

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It is important to be thorough when you are answering reading comprehension questions. A big part of being thorough is checking that you’ve answered the question completely. Your teacher will only be able to grade what you’ve put down on the page, and you won’t be able to explain your answer by saying “well, what I meant to say was…”


Additionally, if you only answer part of the question, you might not get all of the points for that question.


A great way to be thorough is by checking your response against the original question. You might even try rephrasing the question as a partial statement and then use your answer to complete the statement.

  • For example:
    • Original Question: Which factor made etiquette an important part of how knights interacted with one another? Why?
    • Rephrased as a statement: (Insert chosen factor) determined how knights (insert specific behavior), which was important because… (insert reasons)
    • Rephrased with the answer inserted (in bold): The rules of etiquette determined how knights should greet each other as they traveled, which was important because it allowed knights to immediately identify who was an enemy and who was a friend.