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Topic vs. Argument in a Reading Passage

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question 1 of 3

Read the following paragraph. What is the TOPIC of the paragraph?

Is coffee a health food or a dangerous stimulant drug? Every other week, a new study seems to condone or condemn it as one or the other, suggesting that perhaps, the truth actually lies somewhere in between. Perhaps coffee is neither a miraculous superfood nor a poison in liquid form, but simply a luxury food that individuals can choose to consume or not to consume as they please.

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1.

Which of the following identifies a piece of EVIDENCE for the author's argument?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

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What is the ARGUMENT of the following paragraph?

Public health authorities constantly repeat the argument that calories cause weight gain or loss, and that counting calories is all that is required to manipulate one's weight. But if this is true, why do naturally thin people fail to gain weight in controlled experiments even on a calorie surplus? And why do different kinds of calories seem to cause weight gain at different rates? Calories may tell part of the story, but something else is clearly going on.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this interactive quiz and corresponding worksheet to assess your understanding of the differences between argument and topic. You must be able to analyze short passages to determine topic, argument and evidence in order to do well on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these study tools to confirm your knowledge of:

  • Identifying the topic of a passage
  • Discerning the argument in a passage
  • The use of evidence for support

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz give you practice with using these skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related topic versus argument lesson
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to determine the topic, argument and evidence in a passage
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you know the definitions of essential terminology, such as topic and argument

Additional Learning

Review the corresponding lesson on topic versus argument in a reading passage for more information related to the subject. The lesson provides details to meet these learning objectives:

  • Define topic and argument
  • Differentiate between topic and argument in a passage
  • Explain how to analyze a passage for topic and argument
  • Describe the use of evidence to support an argument
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