Closed-ended questions:  This type of question has only one correct answer.  It may be a short one word, such as ‘yes’ or ‘no’ or other factual information which may be quite detailed.  For example, “Are you hungry?”, “Where do you live?”

Open-ended questions:  (Interpretive or evaluative) These types of questions have more than one right answer.  They probe for a person’s knowledge, opinions, or feelings. 

  1. Interpretive questions must be supported with evidence

Example:  “What economic factors helped the North win the Civil War?

2)  Evaluative questions ask for opinion, belief, or point of view and have
no wrong answers.   “What superhero has the greatest powers?”

Website Resources:

"Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions"-   QFT Technique  by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana

Asking Questions and Question Game  Types of questions, Structure of Questions, Questions Game

Activity:   Mapping with questions: click on blue weblink, “Mapping” under “Leading a Discussion” section of website above.

Open and Closed Question Signs

The hand signs below may be used to non-verbally identify open and closed questions. 

Begin with flat hands palms-facing, close to palms-down sides meeting

 Begin with both hands palms down and sides touching, move apart and end with palms facing up