Questions about a Story, I

salvēte, amīcī et sodālēs! Since I know that many of you have personal lives :-), I thought it might be nice to give you a bit more time to devise questions about the story we looked at yesterday. Just as a reminder, here’s a link to the story at the Tres Columnae Version Alpha Wiki site.

And here’s our challenge – we’re trying to develop at least 10 questions that measure a reader’s skills of reading comprehension, and at least 5 that measure his/her skills at distinguishing and analyzing the “new things” (especially dative nouns and 1st-person plural verbs) in the story. If you’d like, you can see my questions about the first paragraph of the story … just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit and choose the “Tres Columnae Semi-Public Sample” course.
  2. Choose to “Login as a Guest” and use the “enrolment key” of Caeliola79.
  3. Scroll down to week 2, Lectiō Octāva, and choose the quiz called “Rapidus et Rapida ludum cupiunt Comprehension and Forms Analysis.”
  4. Since you’re not a student, you’ll need to Preview the quiz.  You can see the questions and the feedback, but your score won’t be recorded.

A few words of warning:

  • There are only 5 comprehension questions, and 3 grammatical ones. After all, I confined myself to only one paragraph of the story.
  • I deliberately was mean to you 🙂 by not writing grammar questions about those “new things” I mentioned above.  But I did write some about the “old familiar” things.
  • Questions and answers are all in Latin this time. We want to show you how questions, answers, and even feedback in Latin can help to build the learner’s reading proficiency.

I actually don’t have any philosophical objection to English comprehension questions; in fact, I think they can be very helpful, especially with a text that’s at near the outer end of the learner’s instructional reading level. But this text comes near the end of its Lectiō and is designed to be at an independent reading level, or close to it.  So I think Latin questions, Latin responses, and Latin feedback are quite reasonable here, even if you normally ask English questions about a harder story.

quid tamen respondētis?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the questions,and I hope they give you some good ideas. We’ll save yours … and the rest of mine … for Monday and beyond! 🙂

Wishing everyone a happy, peaceful, and very enjoyable weekend! grātiās maximās omnibus iam legentibus et respondentibus!

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