What is the Main Idea of a Story?


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The main idea of a story is the same thing as:

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1. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for finding the main idea of a story?

2. What is the difference between the topic and the main idea of a story?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Being able to find the main idea of the story allows you to better understand the narrative, and this quiz will measure your skills at differentiating between the main idea and other literary concepts. Most of the questions will require you to know the definition of the main idea, its characteristics, as well as other connected terminology.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

By utilizing these assessment tools, you can verify what you know about:

  • Other terms for the main idea
  • Techniques for finding the main idea
  • Main idea vs. topic
  • Summarizing the main idea
  • Main idea definition

Skills Practiced

By studying with this quiz and worksheet, you can enhance the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the main idea in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding main idea characteristics and interpret them correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast terms from the lesson, such as topic and main idea

Additional Learning

If you don't score very well during your first attempt at the quiz, go back for a review of the quiz answers plus more information by reading the lesson, What Is the Main Idea of the Story? Additional topics in the lesson beyond the quiz questions are as follows:

  • Amount of main ideas within a story
  • Supporting details compared to main ideas
  • Characteristics of a topic