open ended question



Unstructured question in which (unlike in a multiple choice question) possible answers are not suggested, and the respondent answers it in his or her own words. Such questions usually begin with a how, what, when, where, and why (such as "What factors you take into account when buying a vehicle?" or "In your opinion, what is the reasonable price for this item?") and provide qualitative instead of quantitative information. Open ended questions are asked generally during exploratory research and where statistical validity is not a prime objective. See also closed question.

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  • Sometimes you may want to ask an open ended question so that you can get a long response and more information.

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  • It was such an open ended question and had a bout a million answers to it and the man did not listen, when I told him that.

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  • If you want to gleam more info from a persons answer it is best to ask them an open ended question and let them talk.

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