Questions & Prompts for Answering CAPT Response to Literature Questions (RTL)
(What is your initial reaction to the story?
Include any questions, thoughts, or opinions you may have.)
$ What happens in the story?
$ Who is involved (characters)?
$ What is the major conflict, issue, or problem in the text? What is the result of the conflict? What does the conflict
and/or its resolution show or teach us?
$ How do you feel about this conflict? the resolution?
$ Why do the characters do what they do? say
what they say? think what they think? What is/are the motivation(s) of the character(s)?
$ What is the setting? How does the
setting affect (add to the story, change something in the story, add to the meaning) the story or conflict?
$ Does a character change in the story? How? Why does this character change?
$ Does a character learn anything in the story?
What? What does this lesson do for the character? How do we know the character learned something?
$ Did you learn anything from the story?
What? How did you learn this?
$ What questions do you have about the text?
$ What thoughts do you have about the story?
$ What conclusions have you made about it?
$ What is the major theme in the story?
$ Is the title appropriate for the text?
(Discuss the meaning/relationship of a quotation, the title, how the character
changes during the story)
$ What does the quote/title mean?
$ Using the theme/message/lesson the character learns, tell what the title or quote
means and how it relates to the story, characters, lesson, overall meaning, etc.
$ How does the title/quote fit the character, theme, or story line?
$ Why is the title/quote important?
$ Is the quote/title the theme, message, or lesson of the story? Explain.
$ How does the quote/title further the reader’s insight into the characters,
$ How does the main character change from the beginning of the text to the end?
$ How does a specific quotation relate to the whole text?
$ How does the quotation further your understanding of the character(s) or the
theme(s) in the text?
(What does this story tell us about people in general? How does this story relate to life, a story you have read, a piece of art, a movie or television program
you have seen, people you know, etc.)
$ Which characters do you identify with (who they are, what they do, what they
say, what they learn, etc.)? Why?
$ Have you been in a similar situation/conflict?
$ Have you learned similar lessons/messages?
$ Do you know people who are similar to characters in this story?
$ How does this story relate to your life, your friends, your situation, etc.?
$ Does the theme, message, or lesson fit your life in any way?
(Is the author effective in creating a piece of good literature?)
$ What is your definition of good literature?
$ Does the setting of the story aid in relating the meaning of the story?
$ Is the dialogue realistic and effective?
$ Are the characters realistic/believable?
$ How does the use of language/wording/word usage/phrasing add or detract from
$ What literary devices does the author use in the story? How do they aid/detract
from the overall message of the story?
$ Is the message relevant? Does it matter in the “grand scheme of
$ What makes you like this story?
$ Would you recommend this story to a relative or friend? Why? What would you tell them about the story?
$ What is your opinion of the message/lesson/theme?
It is an important lesson? Is this relevant to everyday life?
$ What is your opinion of this text? Why?
$ What literary devices did the author use in the text? How do these literary devices enhance or detract from the overall presentation of the text?
$ How does this text help you to further your understanding of human nature?
$ Should all students read this selection?
Why or why not?