Using Questions to Foster Critical Thinking and Curiosity

Chapter Quiz

Chapter Quiz: Finding Your Time Management Style (

1. It Starts with You

1. You are more likely to retain information if you are _______.

curious about the answer

making eye contact with the person giving you the information

tested on the material

2. What simple question can you ask yourself to identify correct and incorrect

Who told me this?

Does this assumption make me happier?

How do I know this?

3. What are some techniques you can use to ask great questions?

Ask follow-up questions quickly and often and interrupt responses that do not adequately answer your questions.

Ask questions that can best be answered with yes-or-no responses, and fill any silence with more questions.

Ask open-ended questions, ask follow-up questions, wait patiently for responses, and do not interrupt.

4. What is a benefit of curiosity?

Curiosity can increase engagement and enjoyment outside the workplace.

Curiosity can increase your satisfaction with life.

Curiosity can expand your empathy.

all of these answers

5. What are the benefits of asking better questions?

Asking questions demonstrates your superior intelligence.

Questions help you foster critical thinking skills, boost your self-confidence, enhance your creativity, and improve problem-solving skills.

Asking questions puts the conversational burden on the other person, relieving you of pressure.

6. What is questioning?

the ability to qualify data and sort it according to domain

the ability to organize your thinking around what you do not yet know

the ability to analyze and understand the content of your mind

2. How to Ask Questions

1. Your usual lunch partner asks, “Do you want to eat lunch in the break room or on the
patio?” Which type of question is this?




2. A new colleague asks, “When did you start working here?” Which type of question is




3. When asking questions online, what should you take into consideration?

who the intended audience is

the platform you are using

all of these answers

4. Besides limiting your question to one sentence, what can you do to avoid a canned
communication experience?

Ensure that you omit details about your issue that conflict with your preferred solution.

Provide options in your question.

Give details that only partially describe the situation.

3. So Now What?

1. What is the difference between asking with an expectation and asking with an intention?

Asking with an expectation focuses on future outcomes; asking with an intention focuses on making the effort to achieve those outcomes.

Asking with an expectation focuses on past successes and failures; asking with an intention focuses on raising the stakes and tension.

Asking with an expectation guides you toward a goal or purpose; asking with an intention possibly closes you off to different outcomes.

2. You are answering questions and paraphrase the question back to the questioner. How might this be perceived?

You can engage with a large group.

You appear unprepared or uneducated.

You understand the question.

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