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Central Idea & Summarizing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2 Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 2 2. In step 3, you are advised to try to provide a summary of the piece to an individual unfamiliar with the writing. How would you explain the piece in this final challenge?

Question 3 3. What term is used for the words, phrases, and statements that support, define, or explain the main idea?

Question 4 4.

Read the passage below. Then determine which answer is the best example to illustrate the main idea through supporting details?

''The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'' by Aesop

One day a hungry wolf was wandering around, looking for his next meal. He stumbled upon a group of sheep. Before he made his attack, he noticed a shepherd with attack dogs. He plotted the whole day how he would find his way to the sheep without being caught. He saw in the distance a sheep pelt, laying in a far away area. The wolf made his way to the pelt, placing it upon his own pelt. Shortly after, he walked over to where the sheep were. The wolf would trick sheep, one by one, to lead the sheep away from the others. Once alone, the wolf would eat the sheep. He continued doing this for weeks, enjoying good meals. Appearances can at times be deceptive.

Question 5 5. What is the definition of 'gist'?

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Question 6 6. Which of the following does NOT describe a theme?

Question 7 7. Which of the following might you use as a motif if writing a story about unrequited, or one-sided love, and why?

Question 8 8.

Consider the following fable:

A fox one day spied a beautiful bunch of ripe grapes hanging from a vine trained along the branches of a tree. The grapes seemed ready to burst with juice, and the Fox's mouth watered as he gazed longingly at them.

The bunch hung from a high branch, and the fox had to jump for it. The first time he jumped he missed it by a long way. So he walked off a short distance and took a running leap at it, only to fall short once more. Again and again, he tried but in vain.

Now he sat down and looked at the grapes in disgust.

What a fool I am, he said. Here I am wearing myself out to get a bunch of sour grapes that are not worth gaping for.

And off he walked very, very scornfully.

What is the theme of this fable?

Question 9 9. What is the theme of The Tortoise and the Hare?

Question 10 10. What is the theme in The Lion and the Mouse?

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Question 11 11. Longer pieces of literature can have several themes. What is one theme in The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play?

Question 12 12. Which of the following is NOT a motif from Sense and Sensibility?

Question 13 13. If you were to create a one or two-sentence summary of a story, this would be the _____.

Question 14 14. A student finds herself constantly trying to figure out what the author meant when she reads sections of her textbook. Which of the following is NOT a way to improve her reading for the gist of the section?

Question 15 15. In which of the following ways does getting the gist guide you through the process of reading?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following terms is most closely related to the word 'motif'?

Question 17 17. Which is a way to challenge yourself in finding the gist?

Question 18 18. Which statement best describes what we can learn about themes from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet?

Question 19 19. Which statement below BEST defines a theme used in literature?

Question 20 20. What should be identified to better understand the main point of a piece of literature?

Central Idea & Summarizing: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.9-10.2 Chapter Exam Instructions

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