Open-Ended v. Close-Ended Questions
Inquiry for historical reasoning should consist of open-ended questions instead of closed-ended questions. As a reminder, closed-ended questions can be answered with a single word. Closed-ended questions start with a question word, such as “does,” “did,” “was,” or “are.” On the other hand, open-ended questions start with “how” to explain a process, steps, or key events; “to what extent” to quantify the importance; or, “why” to explain the motives, reasons, or causes. Below are examples for you to review.