ACT Reading: Main Idea and Generalization Questions


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On an ACT Reading passage, where will you find main idea questions?

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1. You know from experience that you can answer 2 detail questions in the time it takes to answer 1 main idea question. You also know that you always run out of time on the Reading section. You get to a really tough main idea question. What should you do?

2. When should you work on main idea questions, relative to the other questions in a passage?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you to create overall strategies for tackling main idea and generalization questions on the ACT, as well as check your ability to answer these types of questions. Topics you'll be asked about include tone, primary argument, ACT Reading test format, and best practices for time-management while test-taking.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to review:

  • Where to find main idea questions
  • How to handle a main idea question when you are running out of time
  • When to work on main idea questions
  • Finding the primary argument of a reading passage
  • Defining the tone of a reading passage

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - understand the concepts of main idea and generalization in reading passages
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about test-taking in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve main idea and generalization practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the ACT Reading test

Additional Learning

To learn more about ACT Reading main idea and generalization questions, watch the accompanying lesson on Main Idea & Generalization in ACT Reading. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how to identify main idea and generalization questions
  • Know how to prioritize main idea questions on the ACT
  • Find specific evidence in a passage
  • Understand when to skip a question
  • Eliminate possible wrong answers