2 - Question-Answer Relationships



Question-Answer Relationships is a framework that helps us understand the type of questions we are often asked in tests and assignments and the strategies we use to answer them.


There are four types of questions in this framework. Right There, Think and Search, Author and Me and On My Own.


If you understand the relationship between the type of question, and the method to find your answer, it will help you to answer all the different questions on the OSSLT.



Read over the following overview and then go to Lesson 1: Guided Practice on QARs.

In-the-Book Questions

In-My-Head Questions

Right There Questions


The answer is in the text. The words used to make up the question and words used to answer the question are found in the same sentence.

Author and You Questions

The answer is not in the text. You need to think about what you already know, what the author tells you, and how it fits together.

Example:  “How many stepsisters did Cinderella have?” Example: “How did the Fairy Godmother know Cinderella needed help?”

Think and Search

The answer is in the selection, but you need to put together different pieces of information to find it. The answer comes from different places in the selection.

On My Own

The answer is not in the text. You can answer the question without even reading the text. The answer is based solely on your own experiences and knowledge.  

Example:  “What three wishes did the fairy godmother grant for Cinderella?” Example:  “Describe a time when you felt like Cinderella.”






Go to 2.1 Guided Practice in the table of contents