What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview


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What is the difference between a summary and a gist?

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1. Which of the following statements is true?

2. What is a mode of communication a person or writer can pinpoint a gist?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Make sure you know the difference between a summary and a gist, communication that contains a gist and how to pinpoint a gist in a sample text to ace this quiz and worksheet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will quiz you on:

  • Gist in a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote
  • Which mode(s) of communication a person can perceive a gist in
  • The difference between a gist and a summary

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the gist in writing
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as gist and summary
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding gist in modes of communication
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of gists to articulate the gist in a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote

Additional Learning

If you're interested in learning more about gist and reviewing some examples, check out the corresponding lesson titled What is a Gist? - Definition & Overview. You can expect to:

  • Understand the purpose of a gist
  • Identify the gist in texts like Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have a Dream Speech' and in Les Miserables
  • Differentiate a gist from a summary