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Interpreting Ideas & Arguments in Reading Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. What is evidence in an argument?

Question 2 2. What is a counterclaim in an argument?

Question 3 3. What is an argument?

Question 4 4. What are reasons in an argument?

Question 5 5. What is the claim in an argument?

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Question 6 6. When one thing makes something else happen, they have a(n) _____ relationship.

Question 7 7. Which of these questions should you always ask yourself when you are reading an explanation, to figure out whether there is a causal relationship?

Question 8 8.

The book, 'Why Is the Ocean Salty?' tells us that scientists know that the seas are very old. They have found fossils of animals that lived 500 million years ago in the rocks in the seas.

Which of these statements explains the relationship described here?

Question 9 9.

Read this passage from Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons:

'Warm water evaporates and rises into the atmosphere. The warm moist air spins upward, creating a draft that sucks up more moisture. If the water temperature is more than 81 degrees, the cycle continues. Winds get stronger. As the moist air rises, cumulonimbus clouds are formed.'

What is the causal relationship in this passage?

Question 10 10. Informational text that tells you how something works or why something occurs is called a(n) _____.

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Question 11 11. What's the first person point of view in a story?

Question 12 12. What's the second person point of view in telling a story?

Question 13 13. What's the third person point of view in a story?

Question 14 14. What's point of view in a story?

Question 15 15. What's a narrator of a story?

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Question 16 16. How do details support the main idea?

Question 17 17.

Read the passage.

Some people believe a groundhog can predict the weather. On February 2nd, television cameras and crowds gather in Pennsylvania to see if the groundhog will see his shadow. If he sees his shadow, it is predicted there will be more winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, it is believed there will be an early spring.

Select the main idea of the passage.

Question 18 18.

Read this passage.

Queenie was a beautiful dog. She lived in an apartment with Carlene. Queenie could open the door for Carlene, help her cross a street, and pick up things she dropped. Queenie and Carlene were best friends.

What is the implied main idea of this passage?

Question 19 19. The message or main point an author shares is known as _____.

Question 20 20. An _____ main idea is not stated in a passage.

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Question 21 21. Which of the following could be used as the ARGUMENT when writing a passage?

Question 22 22. Four of these answer possibilities could be TOPICS of a passage. Which one is actually an ARGUMENT?

Question 23 23.

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.

Question 24 24.

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.

Question 25 25.

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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Question 26 26. Tone is the _____ of the writer towards a subject or an audience.

Question 27 27. What is NOT something you should look for in order to determine the text in the reading?

Question 28 28. Writing which does not convey much of a tone will probably be _____.

Question 29 29. Which one of the following is an example of a pessimistic tone in a reading?

Question 30 30. Which one of the following is an example of an optimistic tone in a reading?

Interpreting Ideas & Arguments in Reading Chapter Exam Instructions

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