Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme


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When trying to determine the main idea of a poem, what is the first thing the reader should do?

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1. How do the details in a piece of literature relate to the main idea?

2. Which of the following is the best description of a selection's theme?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

We can find the main idea and theme of most any book we've ever read or movie we've ever seen, but the process can be a little more complex where poetry is concerned. This combined quiz and worksheet can help you identify ways to find these concepts in any piece you tackle. You'll be quizzed primarily on steps in finding the main idea and theme.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessment tools cover the following:

  • How a poem's details relate to its main idea
  • What a theme is in a poem
  • Aspects of a poem that help to establish theme

Skills Practiced

  • Interpreting information - verify that you can understand information regarding finding the theme and main idea of poem
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main idea and theme
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about understanding these elements in a poem

Additional Learning

To solidify your understanding, review the accompanying lesson, Interpreting a Poem's Main Idea & Theme. The lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Understand what the main idea and theme tell us about a piece
  • Identify examples of main ideas and themes from some of your favorite books or films
  • Learn strategies for finding the main idea
  • Practice identifying the theme of a poem