How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text


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What is the purpose of a text?

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1. Texts that provide facts about some topic the writer believes is important for the reader to understand are texts that _____.

2. You are reading a text that's attempting to convince you chocolate cake is the best dessert. What is the purpose of the text?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Knowing the purpose of a text can help you better understand it, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of the variety of purposes a text may have. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of those different reasons for writing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be asked to differentiate between the rhetorical purposes of a text to:

  • Persuade
  • Inform
  • Explain
  • Instruct
  • Describe

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related writing lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as inform and describe
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of different kinds of text

Additional Learning

To learn more about assessing a text's purpose, review the accompanying lesson on How to Analyze the Purpose of a Text. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how to find the purpose of a text
  • Understand different reasons for writing
  • Know examples of different kinds of text