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Open questions are questions that have many answers which are general and can be answered by anyone.
Closed questions are questions which are more related to the subject and have only one answer
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Open questionsDefinitionAn open question can be defined thus:An open question is likely to receive a long answer.Although any question can receive a long answer, open questions deliberately seek longer answers, and are the opposite of closed questions.Using open questionsOpen questions have the following characteristics:They ask the respondent to think and r These are two types of questions you can use that are very different in character and usage.Closed questionsDefinitionThere are two definitions that are used to describe closed questions. A common definition is:A closed question can be answered with either a single word or a short phrase.Thus 'How old are you?' and 'Where do you live?' are closed questions. A more limiting definition that is sometimes used is:A closed question can be answered with either 'yes' or 'no'.By this definition 'Are you happy?' and 'Is that a knife I see before me?' are closed questions, whilst 'What time is it?' and 'How old are you?' are not. This causes a problem of how to classify the short-answer non-yes-or-no questions, which do not fit well with the definition for open questions. A way of handling this is to define 'yes-no' as a sub-class of the short-answer closed question.Using closed questionsClosed questions have the following characteristics:They give you facts. They are easy to answer.They are quick to answer.They keep control of the conversation with the questioner.

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