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Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question:

Do you go rafting?

And follow up with:

If yes, where?
If no, what do you do instead?

I'd like a word that represents this collection of questions, some of which are meaningless outside of their grouping. Is there such a word?

I have a couple of ideas in mind (linked here so I can limit influencing your opinion).

I'm looking for something much smaller than an interview (which is a larger collection of loosely-related questions), and different from a page (which is a physical arrangement of questions).

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A few options, some admittedly phrases and also various forms:

  • line of questioning
  • questions
  • questioning
  • questionnaire
  • a grilling
  • investigation
  • review
  • debriefing
  • interrogation
  • poll
  • survey
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+1 for line of questioning. –  msh210 Apr 6 '11 at 19:01
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Since your questions depend on previous questions a Decision Tree comes to my mind.

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A quick succession of many questions might be described as a barrage of questions, though that does have the implication that they came a little too fast for comfort.

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If your focus is on the sequence of questions that the asker must follow, you might use script.

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Another option would be an 'inquiry':

in·quir·y   /ɪnˈkwaɪəri, ˈɪnkwəri/

1 - a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge.

2 - an investigation, as into an incident: a Congressional inquiry into the bribery charges.

3 - the act of inquiring or of seeking information by questioning; interrogation.

4 - a question; query.

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The word 'battery' comes to mind.

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If you intend to convey the idea of a high throughput of questions, here are a few suggestions (many inspired by weather related metaphors).

  • A "burst" of questions
  • A "gust" of questions
  • A "hail" of questions
  • A "flurry" of questions
  • A "rain" of questions
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