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Why? etc. - repeatable questions
Repeating questions over and over generates as much or as little information as the quantity and type of questions demand. Differentiation between the 2 types of repeatable question gives serial questions, used indefinitely and emptying questions used until the subject concerned is drained.
- Where the question and answers are related, you ask why C happened and the answer is related to another event B and so the same question can be reiterated, i.e.
- WHY did C happen, because B did
- WHY did B happen, because A did
- WHY did A happen, because (etc…..)
- 'WHY?’ Encompasses:
- ‘What is the reason for?’
- ‘What is the cause of?’
- ‘What is the consequence of?’
- (See also Causal Mapping)
- ‘What are the parts of?’
- ‘What is this a part of?’
- ‘What belongs to it?’
- Parts could include sub-categories, or they could belong to a wider system (see Hierarchy diagrams)
- ‘What happened before and after C?’ exploration of the timing behind the events
- 'What is the context of C?’
- ‘What is the context of that context?’
- This idea suggests a multi-layered hierarchy of one event dependant on another
- Unlike the Serial questions above, these are not infinitely repeatable. A group of questions are considered until they exhausted, i.e.
- Who else went to X? Sue
- And who else? Phil
- And who else? No-one (category exhausted)
The most frequently asked questions containing ‘else’ (‘Why else?’..’What else?’..’Where else?’ etc.) .