When you use the Entity Framework to query data from a database, you often have to load detail data related to a database entry. Child elements can easily be obtained from the database with LINQ.
Loading direct children:
var steps = from b in db.Steps.Include(s => s.Questions) orderby b.StepOrder select b;
By using the include expression, the direct children of a step are also loaded and included in the SQL select statement.
Loading grand children:
var steps = from b in db.Steps.Include(s => s.Questions.Select(q => q.Answers)) orderby b.StepOrder select b;
This can be obtained by cascading a select in a include statement.