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Technique Questions that Illustrate the Technique:
Narration How did it happen? Tell the reader a story to illustrate a point or set the stage.
Description How can it be described?
Process How is it made? How is it done? How do you do it?
Cause What causes it?
Effect What effect does it have on other things?
Compare How is it similar to something else?
Contrast How it different from something else?
Classification Is it a part of a larger group? What group is that?
Division Can it be broken down into smaller groups? What groups are those?
Formal definition How does an authoritative source define it, such as a Penal Code, Black’s Law Dictionary, a biochemistry guide, etc.?
Etymology Where does the word come from? Does that knowledge help understand the problem? (If it doesn’t help, don’t bother with the etymology!)
Example What are some examples of it?
Exposition Simply explain it in your own words.
Negative Definition What is it not?
Possible / impossible Could it work? Did it work? Does it work? Why or why not? What are its limitations?
History Can you give me a history of it?
Diagram Can you draw a diagram showing how it works?
Anecdote Can you tell me a short story to explain it?