In early 1990, Isabel Beck and Margarent McKeown pioneered a new reading comprehension technique - Questioning the Author. The technique involved critical questioning of the author, and his intentions. By focusing on the thought process and motivation behind the articles, readers were better equipped to recognize biases and how author manipulates facts while forming an opinion.
Here are 5 Steps to Question the Author
1) Find Author’s Knowledge
GMAT Reading comprehension questions require looking at the passage as a reference and finding the answers to the questions asked. There is no point in questioning the author’s knowledge except in cases where the question is about assumptions of the author. Your knowledge about the subject matter would help you understand whether the author is misinterpreting facts to make a point. But in most cases, GMAT Reading Comprehension is as diverse in topic as ecological preservation, financial systems and rights of African-Americans. You are not expected to be scholars in these topic areas, and hence beating the Author on knowledge is less likely. But it helps to know more than the author to recognize the thoughts that the author articulates while making a point.
2) Find the Information Link
Authors are masters at linking unrelated information to create the illusion of logical consistency in their arguments. With critical reading, GMAT test takers can easily spot how author link facts to state an opinion. A recommended approach for finding fallacy in how information is linked is separating facts from opinions. Facts mostly have to do with numbers, dates, and averages. Opinions are related to how the Author interprets a fact.
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