How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage


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The incredible growth of scientific knowledge in the past few centuries has not gotten rid of conspiracy theories. From Illuminati to reptilians to secret Communist plots, conspiracy theories are as strong as ever. Why? Because people don't just want scientific explanations for the world. They want explanations that make emotional sense, and satisfy their need for meaning. A powerful gang of secret agents controlling everything might be scary, but it's a lot less scary than a random world where bad things frequently happen to good people for no reason at all.

Which of the following is an ACCURATE generalization about the STRUCTURE of the passage?

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1. Which of the following is a reason why a generalization might be misleading?

2. What is a generalization about a passage?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is offered as a chance to test what you know about generalizations in a passage of text and how to interpret them. You'll review how generalizations can be misleading and ones that may be valid.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet focuses on reviewing what you know about:

  • Understanding passage structure
  • Reasons generalizations can be misleading
  • What a generalization is
  • Reading for the main point

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - review what you read about generalizations to answer questions about what they are
  • Making connections - use your understanding of generalizations to explain how they can sometimes be misleading
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about misleading generalizations then interpret examples of them correctly

Additional Learning

You can find a more in-depth account of this topic in the lesson, How to Interpret Generalizations of a Passage. This lesson provides more insight into:

  • Words that mark a generalization
  • How we use generalizations
  • Interpreting practice passages
  • Identifying the generalization