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Common Core Standard RI.2.2 Questions

Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.

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Grade 2 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.2.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Treehouses make good play areas for kids.
  2. Treehouses can make special and unique houses.
  3. Treehouses are really hard to build and maintain.
  4. Treehouses are too small for adults to live in.
Grade 2 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.2.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Sharks are very dangerous and should be avoided.
  2. Sharks do not pose any danger to humans.
  3. Sharks are not as dangerous as people think, but still require caution.
  4. Sharks spend their time looking for food around beaches and in the ocean.
Grade 2 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Once you start yawning, it's hard to stop.

People        yawn        for many reasons. They yawn when they wake up. They yawn when they go to sleep. They yawn        when        they are bored. They yawn when their ears are plugged up. They yawn when they see other yawns.

Humans aren't the only             creatures             that yawn. Dogs yawn. Cats yawn. Even birds yawn. Fish yawn       too      . Humans can even yawn when they're still in the womb.

What is a yawn? It's a            movement            of the muscles in your chest, mouth, and throat. Yawning helps wet tiny air sacs in your         lungs        .

People can't yawn on command. When they feel a yawn          coming          on, it's really hard to stop it. Scientists aren't sure why people yawn. Hippocrates was an ancient             scientist            . He thought yawning was a way to remove bad air from the lungs. In the 17th century other scientists studied yawning. They thought yawning increased your         heart         rate. They also thought it helped the level of oxygen in the blood. Today, scientists think yawning has to do with changing states. You yawn when you go from awake to asleep. You yawn when you go from asleep to         awake        . You also may yawn to go from alert to bored.

One thing is for certain - yawning is contagious. When you see someone yawn, your         brain         tells you to yawn too. It's a way to help you feel what others are feeling.
Grade 2 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.2.2
Grade 2 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.2.2

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Why did the author write this passage?
  1. To describe a Loch Ness monster sighting
  2. To share the legend of the Loch Ness monster
  3. To scare people who head to Loch Ness
  4. To explain the silliness of the Loch Ness myth
Grade 2 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.2.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. A director plays the same role as an actor.
  2. A director makes some of the decisions on a movie set.
  3. A director works on a movie from start to finish.
  4. A director is not required to make a movie.
Grade 2 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Once you start yawning, it's hard to stop.

People        yawn        for many reasons. They yawn when they wake up. They yawn when they go to         sleep        . They yawn        when        they are bored. They yawn when their ears are plugged up. They yawn when they       see       other yawns.

Humans aren't the only             creatures             that yawn. Dogs yawn. Cats        yawn       . Even birds yawn. Fish yawn       too      . Humans can even yawn when they're still in the womb.

What is a yawn? It's a            movement            of the muscles in your chest, mouth, and throat. Yawning helps wet        tiny        air sacs in your         lungs        .

People can't yawn on           command          . When they feel a yawn          coming          on, it's really hard to stop it. Scientists aren't sure why people yawn. Hippocrates was an ancient             scientist            . He thought yawning was a way to remove       bad       air from the lungs. In the 17th century other scientists studied yawning. They thought yawning increased your         heart         rate. They also thought it helped the level of          oxygen          in the blood. Today, scientists think yawning has to do with changing states. You yawn when you go from awake to          asleep         . You yawn when you go from asleep to         awake        . You also may yawn to      go      from alert to bored.

One thing is for certain - yawning is contagious. When you see someone yawn, your         brain         tells you to yawn too. It's a way to help you        feel        what others are feeling.
Grade 2 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
If you look at a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might think something is wrong with your eyes. You’d be wrong. There’s           nothing           wrong your eyes, but there is something wrong with the tower. As the name suggests, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning.

Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa           started           in 1173. Its foundation was poured on soft subsoil. At first, the tower did not lean because it was not very heavy. The soil was able to support its weight. However, about five         years         after construction began, workers started to       add       the second story. This was too much weight for the soil. One side of the tower started to sink into the soil. This caused the tower to        lean       .

Instead of stopping the building process, the                construction                workers kept on            building           . They did not        know        what was causing the lean. The lean got worse as they kept building. However, after around 100 years of working on the tower, they stopped to fight a       war      . This allowed the tower to settle in the ground. If it had not had time to settle, it would have toppled over. Workers came back after the war and added more to the tower. After around 200         years        , workers finished the tower. It         still         leaned.

In the 1800s, an Italian decided he wanted to show off the tower more. He had workers       dig       a pathway around the base of the tower. However, the workers struck water. This caused a         flood        . It made the tower lean even more.

In the 1930s, Benito Mussolini decided he didn’t want the tower to lean anymore. He thought it was an embarrassment to         Italy        . He had his workers drill         holes         into the foundation. They filled them with concrete. Instead of keeping the tower from leaning, the cement made it lean even        more       .

Around 1990, the Italian government decided the Leaning Tower of Pisa was not safe for visitors anymore. They closed the         tower         for construction. During the construction, they helped decrease the amount of the lean. In 2001, it was open for            visitors            again. In 2008, engineers examined the tower         again        . They had        good        news. The tower was still leaning, but the lean had not changed. That meant the tower was stable. Since the tower is          stable         , it will likely last a long time. However, it will always have its        lean       .
Grade 2 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
If you look at a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might think something is wrong with your eyes. You’d be wrong. There’s           nothing           wrong your eyes, but there is something wrong with the tower. As the name suggests, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning.

Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa           started           in 1173. Its foundation was poured on soft subsoil. At first, the tower did not lean because it was not very heavy. The soil was able to support its weight. However, about five         years         after construction began, workers started to add the second story. This was too much weight for the soil. One side of the tower started to sink into the soil. This caused the tower to        lean       .

Instead of stopping the building process, the construction workers kept on            building           . They did not know what was causing the lean. The lean got worse as they kept building. However, after around 100 years of working on the tower, they stopped to fight a       war      . This allowed the tower to settle in the ground. If it had not had time to settle, it would have toppled over. Workers came back after the war and added more to the tower. After around 200         years        , workers finished the tower. It still leaned.

In the 1800s, an Italian decided he wanted to show off the tower more. He had workers       dig       a pathway around the base of the tower. However, the workers struck water. This caused a flood. It made the tower lean even more.

In the 1930s, Benito Mussolini decided he didn’t want the tower to lean anymore. He thought it was an embarrassment to         Italy        . He had his workers drill holes into the foundation. They filled them with concrete. Instead of keeping the tower from leaning, the cement made it lean even        more       .

Around 1990, the Italian government decided the Leaning Tower of Pisa was not safe for visitors anymore. They closed the         tower         for construction. During the construction, they helped decrease the amount of the lean. In 2001, it was open for visitors again. In 2008, engineers examined the tower         again        . They had good news. The tower was still leaning, but the lean had not changed. That meant the tower was stable. Since the tower is stable, it will likely last a long time. However, it will always have its        lean       .
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