Write one original question that reflects an honest interest you have in reading.  be clear be polite stay on topic pre write pre write pre write

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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When discussing the love of reading and literature of course, everyone is different 'one man's meat is another man's poison' as the old saying goes. This means that with such a subjective question, you will get a lot of different answers. For myself, I have come to realise that I look for beauty and truth in what I read - I look for literature that presents me with the beauty of the natural world and landscape, and truths that are brought to the author's mind by these - ideas that I can identify with. Strangely, this means I do n ot read a lot of fiction! if I do it tends to be auto-biographical and I also read poetry (for example  Robert Frost,D H Lawrence,Thomas Hardy,the Brontes and Seamus Heaney.) Perhaps you could think about what makes you choose a book.....and what made you either continue reading...or dumping it?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous post was very accurate.  In the final analysis, you will have to develop the questions that interest you and that sustain your love in reading.  Few, if anyone, can do this and the most that we can offer here is the idea of giving you some slight forms of guidance.  I would say that the motivation of characters is something that helps to guide me in the reading of literature.  Why characters do what they do and how characters behave in specific situations have always fascinated me.  At the same time, how authors and thinkers display these characters in situations where they must endure challenging conditions, seeking to eventually overcome them is another topic that has been fascinating to me while I read.

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Let me start by saying that I probably have more questions than answers and the more I read, the more the previous sentence becomes truer. Part of the reason for this is because the more a person reads, the more that person realizes that the world is complex. With this said, the thing that I always focus on when I read literature is the way a story ends. I think there is much to be said about closures. To me, the ending, in many ways, show a person's worldview. So, my question is how does a story end and what does this say about the author and his or her world.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think it will be better if you can come up with questions of your own because you're the one who's going to have to write about them, but maybe one of our suggestions will help you think of something on your own.

One of my major questions about literature has to do with dystopian novels like "The Giver," "1984," "Brave New World" "Fahrenheit 451" and "Among the Hidden."  It seems like in these novels the government is always trying to make people stop thinking.  I wonder why authors keep writing about this.  Is there something about our society that makes people honestly think that we not longer think?

Another question I would have is about great literature.  It's supposed to teach us something about the "human condition."  I wonder if it's really necessary for literature to be depressing in order to do that.  Couldn't there be literature that is happier but still teaches us something about the human condition?

Is that the kind of question you mean?

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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I don't really understand the information that you are looking for? Do you want a question, and if so, I do not understand what stay on topic has to do with writing one question. if you could be more specific....

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monkeyme2009 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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they asked me to decribe these in a sentence n i really dont understand how i am suppose to do it thats why i posted it here but i will just guess and work thru from there thank u

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