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

Since your questions depend on previous questions a Decision Tree comes to my mind.


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.


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


The word 'battery' comes to mind.


Another option would be an 'inquiry' (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/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.


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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