An open-ended question is one that asks for a full answer, not just a word or two. It uses the person’s own knowledge of the subject, maybe an opinion, or maybe some feelings concerning the topic. You will find this type of question in many careers, and you may even experience it in an interview. Some open-ended questions from Seedfolks may be:
- Could a garden such as the one developed in the book exist in your city or town? Why or why not?
- If your grandparents moved to a foreign country, would they have the same difficulties adjusting to living in a new country as Tio Juan? Why or why not?
- Nora says, “To our left was a lot in which a few bold pioneers had planted gardens.” (pg 60) Do you consider these people “pioneers”? Why or why not?
- Nora called the garden, “….. a soap opera growing out of the ground”. What did she mean by that? Do you agree with her? Why or why not?
- Amir says, “The object in America is to avoid contact, to treat all as foes unless they’re known to be friends.” (pg 73) Do you agree with Amir? Why or why not?
- Amir says, “But the garden’s greatest benefit, I feel, was not relief to the eyes, but to make the eyes see our neighbors.” (pg 74) What does he mean by that?