Multiple choice
Main Idea
True/False
Facts about main idea
summary or main idea of the passage
100

How many words should be in a topic?

A. 1-3

B. 2-4

C. a sentence

D. There is no word limit




A
100

It was a backwards day at school. The students had to do things backwards. Some of them wore their t-shirt backwards. They took a test before they studied or completed the lesson! Dessert was served first instead of last at lunch. They tried to walk home backwards, but they kept bumping into each other and fell down. 

What is the main idea of this passage?

Students had a backwards day.

100

A. True 

B. False 

The main idea is ALWAYS the first sentence of the paragraph.

B

100

The main idea of a story tells us__________________.

a. who is the main character .

b. what the story is mainly about.

c. the details of the story.

d. nothing

B

100

What is the topic of this passage? 

They are building a new school near my house. Every day I watch the workers drive huge tractors and push a ton of dirt. They have big cranes that help them place tall beams in the ground. The workers build walls using bricks. Every day it looks more and more like a school. Mom says I will go there in the fall.

Getting a New School/ Building a new school

200

Jon held the ball in his hands. He bounced it slowly on the ground. Once. Twice. He crouched low and then shot the ball. The ball flew into the air. Up, up, up it went. Then down, down, down into the basket. "Yes!" he yelled. "Nothing but the net!"

Based on the passage, what did the author want you to learn from this passage?

A. Jon can jump high.

B. Jon likes basketball.

C. Jon makes a basket.

D. How to shoot a basketball.

D

200

What is the main idea of this passage?

Wait until the teacher calls your group, then stand up and push in your chair. Walk to the door and stand in a straight, quiet line. Anyone not following the rules will be told by the teacher to please sit down. This can cause the class to be late for their transition. The rules for lining up are very clear.

The rules for lining up are very clear.

200

A. True 

B. False 

Summarize means to retell the main idea of a story?

A

200

What does the term "main idea" mean?

a. Where a story takes place

b. Who the story is about

c. What the story is mostly about

d. How to make something

C.

200

Summarize the passage. 

Aaron wanted to ride his bike to school. He realized that he had a flat tire. Aaron said, "Oh,no, I really wanted to ride my bike to school. I will have to wait until I get it fixed." His mom said, "I will take you to school today." Aaron went to school without his bike.

Aaron couldn't ride his bike because of a flat tire.

300

What is the Main Idea? 

When's the last time you bought something for a few pennies? Can you remember? That's one reason some people think pennies should be no longer be made. People don't really spend pennies anymore. Also, you can't use pennies in vending machines. Finally, it costs more than a penny to make a penny.

A. The government is going to stop making pennies.

B. There are several reasons pennies shouldn't be made. 

C. The government should stop making pennies because it's too expensive. 

B

300

Which of the following is the main idea sentence in this paragraph? 

My mother is a veterinarian. She loves animals and helps them when they are sick. When she was younger she had lots of pets. In our house now we have many different animals. My mom even teaches classes about how people can help protect animals.

My mother is a veterinarian.

300

A. True 

B. False 

Supporting Detail is details that explain the main idea of the story.

A

300

Where can you usually find the Main Idea?

A. Beginning of the text  

B. Middle of the text   

C. End of the text 

D. It can be anywhere in the text

D

300

Summarize the passage.

Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond with emotion. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

Someday we will have robots that will be our personal servants.

400

Read the following and choose the main idea. 

Do you ever wonder how you taste things? You owe your sense of taste to your taste buds. We have nine thousand taste buds just on the tongue alone. There are also taste buds on the roof of your mouth. You even have taste buds on the back of your throat. (4 points)

A. Why we can only taste sweet things

B. That we taste through our mouth

C. Where taste buds are found

D. Why we can only taste sour things

C

400

What do we use to support main idea?

Details from the text

400

A. True 

B. False 

The main Idea is not always stated clearly in the passage?

A

400

When summarizing a story or a passage, you are to include what the main idea is.

A. True 

B. False 

A.

400

What is the Main Idea of the passage?

Peter's parents bought a new carpet for the living room. Now, he has to take his shoes off when he enters the house. He is also not allowed to eat or drink in the living room anymore. Peter's furry dog isn't allowed to play ball in the living room either. When his parents got the new carpet, a lot of new rules were put into place.

Petter's parents made new rules so the new carpet stays clean

500

Which sentence best describes the main idea of the paragraph? 

The Masai of East Africa raise cattle for a living. Very little grain is raised in the area, so the people depend on the cattle for food. Most people drink a gallon of milk a day, and beef is a popular meat. Cow's blood is also used as food. It doesn't spoil, it provides protein and minerals, and it can be taken from cows while traveling.

A. There is too much grain raised in the world.

B. People in different areas of the world eat odd foods.

C. Cows provide food for the Masai.

D. There are many different kinds of cattle raised by the Masai.

C

500

What is the main idea of this passage? 

Sonny watches too much television. A toddler shouldn't spend hours sitting in front of a television screen. Worse yet, some of his wild behavior has been inspired by those awful cartoons he watches. His parents should spend more time reading or playing games with him. His parents should pull the plug on the TV! A baby needs more attention, instead of just keeping them occupied and quiet.

Watching a lot of television is bad for sonny

500

A. True 

B. False 

Supporting details never tell you what the main idea is in a story or passage.

B

500

What two things are needed to find the Main Idea?

A. supporting points and details 

B. clues and prior knowledge 

C. paper and pencil 

D. comparing and contrasting 

A

500

What is the Main Idea of the passage?

There is a village on an island near Scotland built out of stone. A storm covered it in sand 4,000 years ago. It stayed covered with sand until 1851. Then another storm blew the sand away. The village looked just like it did 4,000 years ago!

About a village covered in sand for over 4,000 years ago

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