Critical Reading Questions
Critical reading questions test your ability to comprehend written material and to draw inferences from what you read. The following strategies can help you answer these types of questions:
Answer the question on the basis of what is stated or implied in the passage and in any introductory material that may be provided.
The following passage is from the short story "Louisa, Please Come Home" by the American author Shirley Jackson. The story is narrated by Louisa Tether, a young woman who ran away from home three years ago. She is now returning with her old next-door neighbor, Paul, to confront her family.
I wondered if they were watching us from the window. It was hard for me to imagine how my mother and father would behave in a situation like this, because they always made such a point of being quiet and dignified and proper . . . the front door ahead was still tight shut. I wondered if we would have to ring the doorbell; I had never had to ring this doorbell before. I was still wondering when Carol opened the door for us. "Carol!" I said. I was shocked because she looked so old, and then I thought that of course it had been three years since I had seen her, and she probably thought that I looked older, too. "Carol," I said. "Oh, Carol!" I was honestly glad to see her.