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Finding the Main Idea of Reading Passages Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Differentiate between a plot and a theme.

Question 2 2.

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

Question 4 4. Which approach may be adopted while aiming to provide a more valid explanation of a main idea and to demonstrate clear understanding of the main idea?

Question 5 5. What term is used for the words, phrases, and statements that support, define, or explain the main idea?

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Question 6 6. An implied main idea is the primary point of a sentence or passage that is…

Question 7 7. Which of these is NOT a step in the process to finding a passage's implied main idea?

Question 8 8. An implied main idea is _____.

Question 9 9. Which of these represents the primary point or argument of a sentence or passage?

Question 10 10.

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?

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Question 11 11. What makes evidence strong?

Question 12 12. A nonfiction author may include all these types of evidence EXCEPT _____

Question 13 13. Quotations and paraphrases are examples of _____, or examples from a text that support main and sub points in an essay.

Question 14 14. Why is evidence important?

Question 15 15.

Which quotations would NOT help support your argument about understanding the knowledge of the past in The Giver?

''The man shook his head. 'No, no,' he said. 'I'm not being clear. It's not my past, my childhood that I must transmit to you.'

He leaned back, resting his head against the back of the upholstered chair. 'It's the memories of the whole world,' he said with a sigh. 'Before you, before me, before the previous Receiver, and generations before him.'''

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Question 16 16. Which statement below BEST defines a theme used in literature?

Question 17 17. Longer pieces of literature can have several themes. One theme in The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play is:

Question 18 18. The theme of The Tortoise and the Hare is:

Question 19 19.

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 20 20. The theme in The Lion and the Mouse is:

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Question 21 21. 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 22 22. What is the definition of 'gist'?

Question 23 23. Which is a way to challenge yourself in finding the gist?

Question 24 24. Which of the following is NOT an advantage of learning to find the gist of a piece of text you are reading?

Question 25 25. Which of the following is NOT a strategy for improving reading comprehension?

Finding the Main Idea of Reading Passages Chapter Exam Instructions

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