Question Type IV — Passage Organization
How to identify ‘Passage Organization’ questions: Look for questions asking about organization.
- Which of the following correctly describes the organization of the passage?
- In which of the following ways is the passage organized?
- In the third paragraph, the author does which of the following?
How to tackle them: Knowing the function of each paragraph is key to being able to answer organization questions. Remember the Five Steps? ‘Step 3: See the Organization’ said to look out for each paragraph’s main points and function in the essay as a whole. If you make a mental roadmap of the essay as you read, you will already know how the passage is organized when you reach the questions. Then, answering an organization question is simply a matter of referring back to your roadmap.