I can no longer support my argument that question formation is not a necessary skill.  I received the following email from a student:

Is the one we choice in chapter2.3 and others in chapter2 as the reading circle article we will do?

I have no idea how to answer the question.

Therefore, communication failed.

Therefore, I cannot provide the student with the assistance that he needs.

Therefore the ability to formulate a complex question is a necessary academic skill.