MTLE Basic Skills: Main Idea in Literature Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which of the following choices does NOT help the reader discover the theme of a poem?

Question 2 2. If you're writing an argumentation essay, what kind of supporting details are especially important?

Question 3 3. What should be identified to better understand the main point of a piece of literature?

Question 4 4. For which type of writing is it helpful to underline key phrases to help find specific details?

Question 5 5. What goes in the left hand column when using the Cornell Note Taking System?

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Question 6 6. What should all the supporting details relate to?

Question 7 7. An implied main idea is _____.

Question 8 8. When trying to determine the main idea of a poem, what is the first thing the reader should do?

Question 9 9.

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 10 10. If you ask yourself what you're supposed to learn from a scene, you're trying to figure out the...

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Question 11 11. Which of the following statements is true?

Question 12 12. What three things should you think about before trying to determine the main idea or purpose of a scene?

Question 13 13. How do the details in a piece of literature relate to the main idea?

Question 14 14. Which graphic organizer consists of two overlapping circles?

Question 15 15. What is the purpose of comparing and contrasting two items?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following is the best description of a selection's theme?

Question 17 17. If you're trying to figure out what the author is trying to accomplish in a scene, you're trying to determine the scene's...

Question 18 18. Which of these represents the primary point or argument of a sentence or passage?

Question 19 19. Where do you find the main idea of a scene in a play?

Question 20 20. The theme of The Tortoise and the Hare is:

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Question 21 21. Why would you use an explanation for supporting details?

Question 22 22. An implied main idea is the primary point of a sentence or passage that is…

Question 23 23. Which of the following is a true statement about interpreting theme?

Question 24 24. Which is a complex type of web?

Question 25 25. Longer pieces of literature can have several themes. One theme in The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play is:

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Question 26 26.

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

Question 28 28.

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 29 29. What are supporting details?

Question 30 30. Setting is not always important. What is one clue that the setting of a scene is important?

MTLE Basic Skills: Main Idea in Literature Chapter Exam Instructions

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