What is there? Ask “Who, what, where, when, how?” questions about the text.
What details does the author include?
How did the author arrange the material (the words, the story, etc.)
What words or ideas need to be explained? Are any definitions given in the text?
What is the main idea or truth the author wants the reader to understand?
God, his character and purpose – What is said about God? What is he like? How is he described? What has he done? What purpose is discussed or suggested regarding his actions?
Jesus, his character and purpose – What is said about Jesus? What is he like? How is he described? What has he done? What purpose is discussed or suggested regarding his actions?
People – (These questions can be asked of specific people mentioned in the text and of people in general.) What are people like? What is implied about their desires and fears? What motivates people in making choices? What is suggested or implied about a person’s meaning or purpose in life?
Situations, Dilemmas, Choices - What situations are encountered or discussed? What choices are being made or suggested? What does this imply about the characters’ (or readers’) relationship to God? What does this suggest or imply about priorities? What attitude is expressed about some serious problems or dilemmas that people generally face?
Good and Evil – What is stated, suggested or implied about good and evil, right and wrong?
What does all this mean for a person’s life here and now?
What are some lessons and insights?
Are there any dangers or situations to be avoided?
Is there something in the text that gives you hope or peace?
Is there something in the text that makes you discouraged or afraid?
How does this challenge your current thinking or attitudes?
How does this widen your understanding?
What ideas or beliefs do you see changing because of what you are learning?
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