List of Questions

The Book of Questions (Pablo Neruda)

Tell me, is the rose naked
or is that her only dress?

How do the oranges divide up
sunlight in the orange tree?

Why doesn’t Thursday talk itself
into coming after Friday?

The Edge Annual Questions

What is your question? Why?

Questions discussed at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Proust Questionnaire

Science Questions from a Toddler

What if? Xkcd

“Great Questions” from StoryCorps for conversations

Table Topics sample questions

The 36 Questions that Lead to Love


Interesting Test Questions

All Souls General Exam Questions 2009 to 2014

Do we need borders?

Is it possible to dress rationally?

When we make contact with an extra-terrestrial civilization, what should we tell them is humanity’s greatest achievement?

Does it matter what a judge had for breakfast?

Is gardening art?

Why should we value privacy?

Questions from Theory of Knowledge (TOK), IB



Prescribed Titles 2010

‘The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge; it shapes what we can know’. Evaluate this claim. [not a question, but interesting]

Is it really possible to have knowledge of a culture in which we have not been raised?

What is the role of imagination in producing knowledge about a real world? Can imagination reveal truths that reality hides? What is the role of the imagination in understanding others?

Essay Questions (for admission)

University of Chicago college application questions

So where is Waldo, really?

Once, renowned physicist Werner Heisenberg said: “There is a fundamental error in separating the parts from the whole, the mistake of atomizing what should not be atomized. Unity and complementarity constitute reality.” Whether it’s Georges Seurat’s pointillism in “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte,” the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, quantum physics, or any other field of your choosing, when can the parts be separated from the whole and when can they not?

More “crazy” application essay questions

To tweet or not to tweet?

What is something about which you have changed your mind in the last three years?

Old Test Questions

1912 Kentucky 8-grade test

Locate Erie Canal: what waters does it connect, and why is it important?

To what four governments are students in school subjected?

Disproportionate Barriers to Enfranchisement

Literacy Tests

Louisiana Literacy Test

Questions for the Classroom

Collection of Essential Questions

from Greece Central School District

MYP Sample Questions The Five Areas of Interaction

MYP Areas of Understanding One Sheets

How to Ask Questions

Question Formulation Technique (Right Question Institute)

Produce Your Own Questions; Improve Your Questions; Prioritize Your Questions

Questioning Toolkit

essential, subsidiary, hypothetical, planning, strategic…

Questions for Learning

Taxonomy of Reflection Questions

13 Subversive Questions for the Classroom

If a question has a correct answer, is it worth asking?

Is being told something the same as learning it?

How much of what’s really important in life is taught in a classroom?

School Reform Initiative Protocols

probing questions; questions and assumptions; debriefing questions; Spider’s Web; Uranium Mine; Hog Call; Artifact Box

Pocket Guide to Probing Questions

Try using verbs: What do you fear? Want? Get? Assume? Expect?

What do you think would happen if…?
How was…different from…?
What sort of an impact do you think…?

Inquiry Protocols

Critical Thinking Resources

TED Ed: Questions no one knows the answers to (yet)

Writing and Composition

Stasis Questions

Common Topics Questions

Special Topics

more: the topoi of rhetoric

Basic Questions for a Rhetorical Analysis


critical, rhetorical, and other

Books of Questions (for Teachers and Students)

The Facilitator’s Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at
Student and Teacher Work (David Allen and Tina Blythe) (table of contents)

Collaborative Inquiry in Practice: Action, Reflection, and Making Meaning (John Bray,  Joyce A. Lee, Linda L. Smith, and Lyle Yorks, eds.)

The Power of Questions: A Guide to Teacher and Student Research (Beverly Falk and Megan Blumenrich) (teacher’s guide)

more: Resources for Teacher Inquiry Communities: An Annotated Bibliography

Is teaching about instruction or selection? (from The Journal of Brief Ideas)

Questions for the Public

Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Election Polls Edition

Politics and the New Machine: What the turn from polls to data science means for democracy by Jill Lepore

Pew Scientific Literacy Quiz

Search more Pew Survey Questions


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