I always ask my students a question that annoys the life of them, whatever we are reading.
An example is Macbeth! I ask WHY Lady Macbeth is so manipulative. They give me an answer and I reply with WHY? So they give me a deeper answer and I ask WHY? again. After about 4 or 5 times, they are infuriated with me but finally get to the deeper understanding I am trying to teach them.
Try it now.
Answer this one – WHY DID SHAKESPEARE WRITE MACBETH?
Try to ask WHY 3 or 4 times, based on each answer and see where it goes.
Now watch this and wonder, why did Shakespeare actually write Macbeth? (hopefully, outside of UK viewers will be able to access the iPlayer)
Was he saying something to the newly crowned King? If James I was so into getting rid of witches and witchcraft, then what is Shakespeare doing by introducing 3 of them right at the beginning?
I know what I think.
Try it with your other texts and see where asking WHY leads you.