A type of question eliciting a yes or no response, targeting product sales.

A closed question is a question that typically elicits a limited or definitive answer. These questions often have a predetermined set of possible responses, restricting the answer and guiding the conversation in a specific direction.

Here’s a breakdown of closed questions:

  • Types of Answers: Closed questions typically prompt answers that can be:
    • Yes/No: These are the most basic closed questions, requiring a simple “yes” or “no” response. (e.g., “Do you like this product?”)
    • One-word answers: Closed questions might prompt brief, one-word answers. (e.g., “What’s your name?”)
    • Multiple Choice: Some closed questions offer a limited set of answer options, restricting the answer to those choices. (e.g., “How satisfied are you with the service? (Very satisfied, Satisfied, Neutral, Dissatisfied, Very Dissatisfied)”)
    • Limited Selection: Closed questions can also be phrased in a way that restricts the answer to a specific range or category. (e.g., “On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to recommend this product?”)
  • Applications: Closed questions are valuable in various scenarios:
    • Gathering Specific Information: Closed questions are efficient for collecting factual data or getting quick confirmations. (e.g., “What time is your meeting?”).
    • Guiding a Conversation: By asking a series of closed questions, you can steer the conversation towards uncovering specific details or controlling the flow of information.
    • Making Decisions: Closed questions can help narrow down options and facilitate decision-making processes. (e.g., “Do you prefer the red or blue shirt?”)
    • Evaluating Knowledge or Opinions: Closed questions can be used in tests, surveys, or quizzes to assess someone’s understanding or gauge their opinion on a particular topic. (e.g., “Which of the following is the capital of France?”)