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CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Summarizing Main Ideas Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is a summary?

Question 2 2. Paraphrasing is:

Question 3 3.

Take a look at the following sentences:


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Which of the answer choices identifies a transition in the passage that signals contrast?

Question 4 4. When creating summaries, it's important to _____.

Question 5 5. Daryl begins one of the sentences in his essay with the word 'However.' Beginning a sentence this way serves to signal _____ to something that came before.

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Question 6 6. In paraphrasing, what purpose do citations serve?

Question 7 7. You are writing an essay and need to begin a sentence that continues along the same line of thought as the previous sentence. Which of the following first words for your sentence should you choose in order to BEST signal this continuity?

Question 8 8.

Take a look at the following sentence:


Beethoven's 3rd Symphony is a masterpiece of musical genius, but the 9th is truly his finest work.


Which of the following is the transition word that signals the contrast between the 3rd and the 9th Symphonies?

Question 9 9. What should be identified to better understand the main point of a piece of literature?

Question 10 10. Summaries are used in _____.

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Question 11 11. The central idea or concept of the passage that the author wants to convey is known as the _____.

Question 12 12. An implied main idea is _____.

Question 13 13.

Read through these sentences again.


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Does the author of this passage agree that 'fat reduction at all costs' is justified?

Question 14 14. What amount of text can be paraphrased?

Question 15 15. Why is not including an opinion in a summary the right thing to do?

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Question 16 16. An implied main idea is the primary point of a sentence or passage that is…

Question 17 17. What term is used for the words, phrases, and statements that support, define, or explain the main idea?

Question 18 18.

Read the brief passage below and identify its implied main idea.

You wouldn't peel carrots with a nail file. And you can't tune an engine with a cheese grater. So why would you buy a wrench to do a screwdriver's job?

Question 19 19. Which of these represents the primary point or argument of a sentence or passage?

Question 20 20. Which of these is NOT a step in the process to finding a passage's implied main idea?

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Question 21 21. When paraphrasing,

Question 22 22. A summary can include all of the following EXCEPT _____.

Question 23 23.

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 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 24 24. When paraphrasing, in order to avoid plagiarism you must:

Question 25 25. Which of the following statements is true?

CUNY Assessment Test in Reading: Summarizing Main Ideas Chapter Exam Instructions

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