How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text


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The main idea of a reading selection may appear anywhere EXCEPT:

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1. Which of the following is NOT LIKELY to have a main idea?

2. What does it mean to infer the main idea?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet checks your understanding of main ideas and how to find them in a text. You'll test what you know about the different types of text, where to find the main ideas in them and how to determine how many there are.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The purpose of this quiz and worksheet is to review your understanding of:

  • The parts of a writing where a main idea can be found
  • The types of writing that have main ideas
  • What it means to 'infer' the main idea
  • Why some texts can have more than one main idea

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - revisit what you know about the parts of a text to answer questions about which you might find the main idea in
  • Interpreting information - verify that you read which types of texts have main ideas and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - see if you can remember why a piece of non-fiction always has a main idea

Additional Learning

If you want to take a closer look at this topic, read the accompanying lesson, How to Determine the Number of Main Ideas in a Text. This lesson covers more details about:

  • Defining main idea
  • Famous examples of writings with main ideas
  • Characteristics that help you determine what the main idea is
  • How to separate out multiple main ideas