Incremental reading: turning cloze statements into questions

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In some articles about incremental reading, it is suggested that at some later stage of the process of incremental reading, a well-formulated simple cloze statement can be turned into a real question. For example, the following could be a good illustration (taken from here [1]):

Question: Recently falsified [...](name) hypothesis claimed that growth would first lead to an increase in income inequality

Answer: Kuznets

Upon the next review, you can, but you do not have to, convert the cloze deletion into a standard question-answer item:

Question: What is the name of the hypothesis that falsely claims that income inequality initially increases with growth?

Answer: Kuznets hypothesis

Does the turning of a cloze statement into a real question at later stages of the process of incremental reading benefit active recall in any way, or is it only a "decorative" change?


Your decisions must depend on your own experience, your preferences, volume of the material, quality of the material, prior results, etc. In other words, you can best experiment on your own.

Rewrites of clozes are very expensive (typing a sentence vs. 2-3 click). However, in some cases they can improve recall a lot. It all depends on your experience. After a few years of use, you will be able to quickly assess if a given cloze could benefit from a re-write.

For starters, you could use the following rule: start thinking about a rewrite only if the item has suffered more than 3-4 lapses. Before that, the effort might not be worth the gain.

NB: the example with "Kuznets" seems like an overkill. The final cloze deletion seems good enough. Deletions that comes at the end of the sentence are usually faster to process, but, with a dose of experience, even the sentences that begin with [...] can be answered efficiently.

Conclusion: try both approaches and see which makes you happier.