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What is a Closed-Ended Question?

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A closed-ended question is designed to invoke a short, direct answer. It typically takes the form of offering a few choices. Alternatively, a closed-ended question may be phased for a yes/no answer.
Closed-ended questions may be used to keep conversation short, to request a direct answer, to target specific information or to influence an answer. For example, "Don't you think that French food is the best?", attempts to influence the answer. In many cases this doesn't work as the person answering is free to give an expansive answer such as "It's okay, but I'm more passionate about Chinese food because ...."
Overview: Closed-Ended Question
A question designed to be answered with a short phrase or single word.
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