12 Types of Question
John Spacey, updated on March 20, 2021
Questions can be designed to socialize, research, influence, inform or challenge. The following are common types of questions used in business and political situations.
Closed-Ended QuestionA question that attempts to limit your answer to a choice or confirmation.
Double-Barreled QuestionA question that unfairly assumes that two things are related.
Hypothetical QuestionA question that acknowledges that it contains unproven or imaginary facts. Often begins with "What if."
Leading QuestionsA question that provides the answer and seeks a confirmation. Considered inappropriate in certain cases such as questioning a witness in a courtroom or questioning a patient for a medical diagnosis.
Loaded QuestionA question that contains unjustified assumptions that may be used as a political tactic to influence or challenge.
Open-Ended QuestionA question that seeks an answer with wide scope. Open-ended questions are typically a little vague and encourage a creative response.
Price Of MilkA common knowledge question that tests if a member of an elite group is out of touch with everyday realities. The term extends from several instances in which politicians were asked the price of milk, often resulting in interesting answers.
Push PollA poll that seeks to influence or sell something under the guise of collecting information.
Repeated QuestionsRepeating a question as a means of suggesting that the first answer was a misrepresentation.
Rhetorical QuestionA self-question or statement phrased as a question that doesn't require an answer.
Suggestive QuestionA question that suggests a particular answer is obvious or accepted.
Tag QuestionA short question added to the end of a statement that typically seeks agreement or confirmation.
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