“Close Reading of Texts”
(Questions to Ask Yourself)
1. Behind the text:
problems are being addressed?
is being addressed -- directly and indirectly?
sources are being used?
2. Within the text:
any unfamiliar terms or concepts.
the use of communication devices such as:
objections are being acknowledged, answered or rebutted -- and how?
does the argument proceed, point by point?
(Outline it for yourself if necessary.)
points are made in passing? (These may
be more important for you than the author intended.)
3. Around the text:
there other passages in the larger work that illuminate the one you are
might the passage you are studying contribute to a larger argument?
4. Since the text:
there unresolved issues that the later tradition will need to address?
questions might you need to follow up on?
Copyright © 2002 by Gerald W. Schlabach