How to say "instructions for the/an exercise" in Japanese?

I found the term 指示, here, here, and here, but also the terms 命令 and 説明書 in those links, which seem to me to be potential options.

In this picture of an exercise, what I refer to as "instructions for an exercise" is squared in red with a red arrow pointed to it. The original image before this personal modification comes from here

Instructions for the exercise

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I think the most common word for that is 設問{せつもん}.

As the dictionary says, it can mean (the activity of) creating a problem/question, but also the problem/question itself.

To some extent, 設問 is similar to 質問, but 設問 is usually used to refer to questions/instructions in exercises or (paper) exams.

  • Thank you. So can we say これ質問の設問?
    – Starckman
    Nov 8, 2022 at 10:02
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    @starckman You need to use just one: この設問. Or, you could say この問題の設問. 質問 is usually not used for 'problems' in textbooks or exams.
    – sundowner
    Nov 8, 2022 at 10:10
  • And is it possible to have 問題の質問?
    – Starckman
    Nov 8, 2022 at 10:18
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    @starckman Yes, but 質問 is unusual in the context (though not totally impossible).
    – sundowner
    Nov 8, 2022 at 10:23

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