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Common Core Standard RI.8.2 Questions

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Journalists play an important role in the creation of a newspaper.
  2. Many editors look over pieces of a newspaper before it is published.
  3. The editor-in-chief is the head of a local newspaper.
  4. Some newspapers have more editors than others.
Grade 8 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2
Is it an ant, you wonder, or a termite? Ants resemble termites, but they are quite different and can be easily distinguished. In contrast to termites, ants are usually dark in color, are hard bodied, and have constriction between the thorax and abdomen. Termites are light in color and shed their wings. Flying ants do not shed their wings. Also, ants and termites belong to different orders.

Select the best summary of this paragraph
  1. Termites are lighter in color and loose their wings at a certain stage of development.
  2. Ants are dark in color, hard bodied and belong to a different order than termites.
  3. Ants and termites are both insects and have many things in common
  4. Although ants resemble termites, they have differences that can be easily seen.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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Which statement provides the main idea for the passage?
  1. Nettles are annoying and should be handled with care, but they still have many uses.
  2. Weeds are annoying and take over gardens, but are very important.
  3. Weeds often grow much faster and more abundantly than the plants we want to grow.
  4. Nettles come in many different varieties, but all have square stems.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RST.6-8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Sleep needs shift dramatically while on the space shuttle.
  2. Astronauts would oversleep if not for Mission Control's morning call.
  3. Sleeping on the space shuttle requires a mix of adaptation and creativity.
  4. Motion sickness makes a good night's sleep on the shuttle very difficult.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RST.6-8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Inuit once lived in igloos in Canada and Greenland.
  2. Igloos are easier to build than some may believe.
  3. Snow provides a surprising amount of insulation for igloos.
  4. Igloos are more comfortable to live in than most people realize.
Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.6, RI.8.2, RI.8.6, RST.6-8.2, RST.6-8.6

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Based on this text, which statement most likely reflects the author'€™s conclusion about diet fads?
  1. Following a healthy diet is essential for everyone.
  2. There are advantages and disadvantages to every diet.
  3. Diet books often sell very well and make a profit for their authors.
  4. News reporters consider food regimens extremely important issues.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2
Which of the following IS NOT a method you would use to identify the main idea?
  1. Research the background information for a specific portion of the text
  2. Read the entire text
  3. Focus on the first sentence and the last sentence
  4. Ask, "What is the author doing here?"
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RST.6-8.2

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What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. A Mission Control Alarm Clock
  2. Inside a Four Person Space Mission
  3. Eating, Sleeping, and Living in Space
  4. Finding Sleep Miles above the Earth
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RH.6-8.2

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What would make the most appropriate title for this passage?
  1. Finding the Right Repayment Plan for your College Student
  2. Learning Where to Find Student Financial Aid to Fit Your Needs
  3. Earning a College Scholarship is Easier and Faster than you Realize
  4. Understanding the Criteria Needed for Scholarships and Grants
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RH.6-8.2

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What is the main idea in this passage?
  1. Loans almost always require the person to repay them within a set time period.
  2. College aid mainly comes from scholarships that are centered on specific criteria.
  3. Student financial aid typically takes the form of grants based on financial need.
  4. Financial aid stems from different federal, state, local and individual resources.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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What would make the best title for this story?
  1. Life in the Inuit Village
  2. Creating Igloo Bed from Nature
  3. The Unexpected Coziness of the Igloo
  4. Cooking Inside a Home of Ice and Snow
Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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Restating a passage or idea in your own words:
  1. paraphrasing
  2. contradicting
  3. empathizing
  4. restaterizing
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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What is the purpose of the speech?
  1. To explain what happened during the attack on Pearl Harbor
  2. To declare war on Japan
  3. To describe the strength of the Armed Forces
  4. To summarize the war with Japan

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