When I click on something, it selects, I believe, the largest object in a given radius from the click offset, not the path I’ve actually clicked on. Is there a way to increase the precision? Zooming in and out every time is starting to become a tedious operation…
Normally Inkscape selects the topmost that occupies the exact position where you click.
There are many ways of selecting objects with the mouse. You may be interested in /select under/ for selecting objects not at the top.