LIE level questions

LIE level questions

This strategy will help students to:

  • understand topics on different levlels of reasoning - literal, inferential and evaluative.


Deep comprehension of texts and visual texts occurs when all levels have been considered. 

Literal comprehension ('on the page' or 'right there')

Surface level understanding when the reader acknowledges what they can see and hear. 

What is the name of the text/main character?

Where did the main character live?

How many apples did he pick?

What did (character) have for breakfast?

What kind of animals live in the desert?

What are the colours in the rainbow?


Inferential comprehension ('between the lines' or 'think and search')

Readears need to draw upon their proir knowledge of a topic and identify relevant text clues (words, images, sounds) to make inferences. 

How did (character) feel?

Why did (character) act in this way?

What do you think could have happened next?

What were the motives behind...?

What the differences between ___ and ___?

What was the turning point...?

Does this remind you of another text?


Evaluative comprehension ('beyond the text' or 'big picture')

The reader must move beyond the text to consider what they think and believe in relation to the information in the text. They need to argue a viewpoint, critically analyse the content and determine the position of the author. Often there is no right or wrong answer but readers need to be able to justify their opinions. 

Suggest a better reason for...

What is your opinon of...?

Do you think ____ is a good or bad thing...?

How would you feel if...?

How effective are....?

Has the author shown any prejudices or made any assumptions about...?

Do you agree with the author's point of view?

Why would the author write this in this way?

What is the text trying to make you believe?

What is the author not telling you in the text?

What techniques as the author used to persuade you?