By Beth Montgomery, The DBQ Project
Identifying bad questions is often easier than identifying good ones. “Read Chapter 3, Section 2 and answer the questions that follow” is not an inspiring question. “Explain What Happened During the Industrial Revolution” is too broad to capture most people’s imaginations or interest.
Questions that can be answered by looking up the answer on an electronic device or in a textbook or encyclopedia are perhaps a means to an end but they are not very memorable or engaging.