What Happens When You Ask Closed-Ended Questions?

We ask closed-ended questions all the time.  Yes or no questions.  Questions with clear, word-for-word right answers.  Questions that have answers that get you hit by your wife.

Do you love me?
What did I just say?
How's my hair look?

In Small Groups, closed-ended questions seem necessary.

We use them to:
- check for comprehension
- make sharing easier
- guard orthodoxy
- steer conversation

It would be great if these questions accomplished what we wanted.

But instead, closed-ended questions:
- sound pedantic
- slow verbal participation
- allow unorthodoxy to go unnoticed
- miss opportunities for insight from the community.

But open-ended questions are risky, hard to write, and may not work.

Are they worth it?

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