How to Restate an Idea and Summarize


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When you restate an idea, you. . .

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1. Should a summary be longer or shorter than the text that you're summarizing?


Consider the following two sentences:

SENTENCE 1: Although dogs are popularly known as 'man's best friend,' cats are actually the most popular pet in the United States.

SENTENCE 2: Cats are stereotyped as standoffish and mysterious, while dogs are more commonly seen as enthusiastic and loyal, living up to their nickname as 'man's best friend.'

What is the relationship between sentences 1 and 2?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet provides the opportunity to review what you know about restating an idea or summarizing a point. You'll test what information is needed and how it compares to the information you are summarizing or restating.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet was created to assess what you know about:

  • What it means to restate an idea
  • How a summary compares to the original idea in length
  • Understanding examples of summaries and restating an idea
  • Restating ideas properly

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - review what you read about summaries to answer questions about their characteristics and length
  • Critical thinking - use what you know about summarizing to apply it to sample passages
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about what to include when summarizing an article and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You can find a deeper explanation of this topic in the lesson, How to Restate an Idea and Summarize. This lesson gives you more details about:

  • Defining restating and summarizing
  • Examples of restating
  • How summarizing is different than restating
  • Why bullet points sometimes help to summarize