•One that asks
passage as a
questions are NOT
They ask about
some other aspect
of the passage as
Where in the passage
something is found.
The tone of the
types of overall
purpose in writing
Which course the
passage might be a
Determine where specific information is found
The answer choices will list possible
locations for that information.
Study the questions to determine the
information that you are looking for
Go to the lines listed in the answers and
skim for that information
Determine the tone, purpose, or course
If the author is
emotion in his or
Type of tone in a passage
If the author is being funny, the tone
might be humorous.
If the author is making fun of
something, the tone might be sarcastic.
If the author feels strongly that something
is right or wrong, the tone might be
What the author
is trying to do in
Draw a conclusion about the author’s
By referring to the main idea and the
organization of details in the passage
early life greatly
influence his later
The details give a
history of his early
To show how George
life influenced his
The answer to a purpose question is often
more general than the main idea.
The more general author’s purpose is..
To demonstrate the influence of early
experiences on later life (without any
mention of George Washington.
To decide which
might have this
passage as assigned
Draw a conclusion about the course by referring to
the topic of the passage and the organization of
If the passage is about George Washington and
the details give historical background on his early
This would probably be assigned reading in an
American class history.