Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text


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Which of the following would be a correct inference based on the text below?

'Often living in the burrows of prairie dogs, kangaroo rats, and pocket mice, grasshopper mice also construct their own burrows for nesting and food storage.'

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1. How do you cite an inference?

2. Which of the following is true about unsupported inferences?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz/worksheet combo, you'll find a series of multiple-choice questions designed to help you discern between inferences and explicit statements in text. These questions address how to correctly cite an inference and the definition of fallacious reasoning.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz is a helpful way to see if you know:

  • A correct inference based on example text
  • How an inference is correctly cited
  • True statements about unsupported inferences
  • The definition of fallacious reasoning
  • How to avoid unsupported inferences and fallacious reasoning

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding unsupported inferences
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about differentiating between inferences and explicit statements in text
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how to avoid fallacious reasoning and unsupported inferences

Additional Learning

Take a look at our lesson called Discerning Explicit Statements from Inferences in a Text if you'd like to read more about this subject. Once you complete this lesson, you should be able to answer these quiz questions and do the following:

  • Give examples of informational texts
  • Detail how many quotes are usually included in an inference
  • Provide an example of fallacious reasoning