How to Find the Theme or Central Idea


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Which statement below BEST defines a theme used in literature?

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

2. The theme of The Tortoise and the Hare is:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Every text has a central idea or theme, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you identify them. You'll be assessed on your ability to identify themes in example texts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Theme in literature
  • Themes of important texts
  • Difference between theme and central idea

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson about theme
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the difference between theme and central idea and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding themes in well known texts

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called How to Find the Theme or Central Idea. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define and identify themes
  • Look at the use of theme in fables
  • Learn more about 'The Diary of Anne Frank: A Play'