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Common Core Standard RI.9-10.2 Questions

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2, RST.9-10.2

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What is the purpose of this passage?
  1. to describe the organization of living things
  2. to summarize the work of Aristotle
  3. to classify different types of living organisms
  4. to explain the characteristics of living things
Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2, RST.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Living and non-living organisms are a lot alike.
  2. All living things share a set of characteristics.
  3. All living things use energy.
  4. Living and non-living organisms work together.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2
What is the purpose of the passage?
  1. To educate farmers on trickle drip irrigation systems
  2. To educate homeowners on irrigation systems
  3. To help irrigation system suppliers sell more kits
  4. To encourage people to conserve water with an irrigation system
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What is the purpose of the passage?
  1. To educate farmers on trickle drip irrigation systems
  2. To educate homeowners on irrigation systems
  3. To help irrigation system suppliers sell more kits
  4. To encourage people to conserve water with an irrigation system
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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Which sentence best describes the main idea of the news story?
  1. "You do need to plan to spend extra time locating coins for many of your simpler purchases and exchanges."
  2. "Lately, however, a bizarre problem has hit the city: it has become very difficult to make change."
  3. "A quick walk through any of the shopping districts of Buenos Aires will show the casual visitor many "No Coins" signs in storefront windows."
  4. "If you hope to visit this beautiful, up-and-coming city soon, don't let the great Buenos Aires coin shortage stop you."
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.9, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.9

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What is Washington's main message in this excerpt?
  1. Don't forget your common goals.
  2. Your differences will divide you.
  3. Stand up for justice.
  4. Watch out for outside influences.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What "ancient view" is the passage describing?
  1. The ancient view of society
  2. The ancient view of the earth
  3. The ancient view of the solar system
  4. The ancient view of man
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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Which statement best represents the main idea of the passage?
  1. Irving, Texas is changing fast.
  2. The city of Irving, Texas, has long been known as a middle-class white suburb of Dallas.
  3. Latin America has definitely made its way to suburban Texas.
  4. Many expect Irving's Latino population to increase to more than 50 percent.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of this passage about teenagers?
  1. The junior high years are a very exciting time full of adventure.
  2. The junior high years are a very confusing time full of growth and trials.
  3. The junior high years are a period of self-confidence and understanding.
  4. The junior high years are short and will end quickly.
Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2, RST.9-10.2

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The author titled this passage "All About Fish". What does the title suggest about the type of information the passage will contain?
  1. The passage will focus on different characteristics and varieties of fish.
  2. The passage will talk about fish with vertebrae.
  3. The passage will highlight different types of sharks.
  4. The passage will introduce readers to all of the creatures of the sea.
Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.9, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.9

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Which statement sums up one of the main messages of the speech?
  1. Americans have misconceptions about Muslims
  2. Muslims have misconceptions about Americans
  3. Americans and Muslims have common goals
  4. Americans and Muslims have little in common
Grade 9 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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Why did the author create this passage about online security?
  1. To provide people with ways to stay safe online
  2. To introduce some of the key terms involved with staying safe online
  3. To make people aware of the threats found online
  4. To put an end to cyberbullying and other online attacks
Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What was the focus of the speech?
  1. The greatness of the words Maya Angelou wrote
  2. How Maya Angelou empowered and inspired others
  3. Maya Angelou's love for others
  4. The love Maya Angelou had for God
Grade 10 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What does the author present as the main idea of the passage?
  1. The changing role and format of the media
  2. The history of media
  3. The importance of the media in history
  4. The role of the media in people's lives
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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Which sentence from the passage detracts from the main idea?
  1. The artistic treasures, the delicious food, the music, and the nightlife make visiting Buenos Aires truly special.
  2. Indeed, this small economic crisis has come to be known as the great Buenos Aires coin shortage.
  3. People commonly deal in transactions involving only small change, so the problem affects most people in the city.
  4. The longest line in the city's central subway station is not for purchasing tickets or getting on the train, it's at the change window!
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2, RST.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The environment is currently in desperate trouble.
  2. Incandescent light bulbs cost far more than fluorescent.
  3. There are multiple reasons to choose a "green" lifestyle.
  4. Protecting the environment is worth making difficult changes.
Grade 10 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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What is the purpose of the passage?
  1. To educate teens about prescription drug abuse
  2. To share the dangers of prescription drug abuse
  3. To advocate for safe prescription drug use
  4. To share how prescription drugs can be legally abused
Grade 10 Point of View CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.9-10.2

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Which statement best sums up the central idea of the speech?
  1. People play a large role in your life
  2. Baseball is the greatest sport
  3. A bad break can ruin someone's life
  4. A bad break can't negate a lucky life
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.8

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The passage seeks to...
  1. Define what it means to buy organic foods
  2. Educate consumers about organic labeling
  3. Explain the problems with buying organic
  4. Argue that the organic labeling system needs work
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