What are the three levels of inquiry in "The Interlopers"?I have read the short story "The Interlopers," and for homework our teacher asked us to creat one question (with a possible answer) for...

What are the three levels of inquiry in "The Interlopers"?

I have read the short story "The Interlopers," and for homework our teacher asked us to creat one question (with a possible answer) for each of the three levels of inquiry.

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MaudlinStreet eNotes educator| Certified Educator

You teacher is probably referring to Costa's levels of inquiry. These categories are ways of classifying higher-order thinking skills and understanding what skills different questions require. The three levels are as follows, with key words and examples from "The Interlopers".

  1. The answer can be found in the text (either directly or indirectly). These types of questions help determine if you have read the material and understand what you have read. Key words: complete, count, match, name, define, observe, recite, describe, list, identify, recall. An example from the story: Name the two main characters in "The Interlopers."
  2. The answer can be inferred from the text. Involves examination, analysis, causes of details. Key words: analyze, categorize, explain, classify, compare, contrast, infer, organize, sequence. Example from the story: "Analyze the reasons behind the feud and land-dispute."
  3. Answer goes beyond text. These questions ask that judgments be made from information. They also give opinions about issues, judge the validity of the ideas or other products and justify opinions and ideas. Key words: imagine, plan, evaluate, judge, predict, extrapolate, invent, speculate, generalize. An example from the story: "Evaluate what might have happened if the two families resolved their dispute."