• Questions Readers Ask of Many Fictional Texts


    Questions that relate to the elements of a story:


    • Which character seems most important to the story? Explain why you think this.
    • Think of the most important person in the story. What kind of person is s/he? Explain.
    • What does the main character in your story really want? Explain.
    • Think of what the main character in your story really wants. What is in the way of what s/he wants? Explain.
    • How does the main character finally get what s/he really wants? Is there a lesson in his/her actions? Explain.
    • What changes does the main character undergo in this story? Explain.
    • Think of the setting in this story. Does it affect the character and his/her struggle at all? Explain.
    • How does the setting add to what the author’s message in this story? Explain.
    • How does the setting affect what you expect to happen in the story. Explain.
    • What is/are the main (or real) conflict(s) or struggle(s) in the book? Explain.
    • How did the main character respond or deal with the main conflict/struggle in the book. Explain.
    • What does the character’s response to the conflict teach you about people, life or the world? Explain.
    • Is the main struggle in this book similar to other conflicts you’ve seen in other books? Explain.
    • Who is the narrator of the story? Why did the author tell the story from this point of view? Explain.
    • Think of the point of view used to tell this story. What things do we (as readers) feel because of this point of view? Is there anything we don’t feel because of the point of view? Explain.
    • Is there a relationship in this book that seems significant? (Maybe between 2 characters, between a character an a place or object, etc.) Explain.









    Questions Readers Ask of Many Fictional Texts


    Questions that relate the book you read to other books:


    • How is this book similar to other books in its genre? How is it different? Explain.
    • Does this text remind you of other texts that deal with similar issues or themes? Explain.
    • Does this text make you think differently about any other texts you’ve read? Explain.
    • Does this text seem like versions of some old-fashioned stories you know (Cinderella, David and Goliath, etc.)? Explain how.
    • What are some themes you see in this text? What other texts you know deal with these same themes? Compare the messages from each text.


    Questions that are related to the author’s craft and writing style:


    • Think of the parts of the story/text that the author chose to tell in slow-motion or great detail. Why do you think the author chose to do that? Explain.
    • Think of some of the first events that begin the story you read. Why does the author choose to open the story here and not at another point? Explain.
    • How does the way the story begins connect to the author’s larger message? Explain.
    • How else might this story have ended? What would the message of the story have been then? Explain.
    • Are there any objects or places that represent something larger in life? Explain.
    • Do any names in the story (of characters or places) have special meaning or significance? Explain.
    • Does this texts have an apparent structure? Explain.


    Other questions about a text to consider:

    • Is this story a “journey” in which the main character goes through a kind of obstacle course of sorts that changes them? Explain.
    • What has reading this text made you think about? Explain.
    • How does the character change (inwardly, outwardly or both) by the end of the story? Explain.
    • How are you different from reading this text? Explain.