We are taught to ask short questions on cross examination. In fact, some proponents of certain styles of cross examination proclaim that you can cross with one word, eg, “green”.
Q: the car was a foreign make?
Q: with 4 doors?
Q: not white?
Q: not black?
But sometimes longer questions are necessary or preferable. This is particularly true where you are “looping”. Looping is the repetition of a favorable fact in successive questions. It reinforces the fact and even ties it to new facts. Looping makes questions longer, but ties the positive fact to a new fact. Here is an example of my looping favorable testimony in a case where I’m challenging a pat down: