Reading quizzes

Short questions on assigned readings can be designed to assess students’ competence in vocabulary, literal and inferential comprehension, analytical and critical reading. Quizzes may cover the CUNY Reading Outcomes:

CUNY Reading Outcomes

Vocabulary development

    •  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as used in the text

 Comprehension Strategies

    • Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences.
    • Determine topics, central arguments, themes, main ideas and major and minor supporting points in academic texts.
    • Paraphrase central points and or arguments, and key concepts

Analytical Strategies

    • Identify patterns of organization (including comparison/contrast, cause/effect, term definition. listing/classification, sequence/ chronology) to analyze relationships of ideas within texts.
    • Distinguish between different types of written texts (e.g. informational, narrative, argumentative); recognize primary and secondary source distinctions. Understand disciplinary exam rhetoric.
    • Interpret multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, maps, charts, multimedia) embedded in reading material.

 Critical Reading

    • Identify author’s tone, style purpose, and point of view in texts from various content areas.
    • Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, including the validity of the reasoning as well as the relevance and sufficiency of the evidence.
    • Analyze how multiple texts address similar themes or topics to evaluate or compare the authors’ points of view and approaches.