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Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RL.3.5

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What is the purpose of the first paragraph of this passage?
  1. To explain why groundhogs are used
  2. To show that Punxsutawney Phil is one of many groundhogs
  3. To describe why Groundhog Day became famous
  4. To introduce readers to another famous groundhog
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: RL.1.1

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Which is NOT green?
  1. An apple
  2. A pear
  3. A cherry
  4. A shamrock
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: RL.1.1

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What is the passage about?
  1. St. Patrick's Day
  2. The color green
  3. A special day
  4. Things in nature
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: RI.4.2
What is the best question to ask yourself when you are trying to find the main idea?
  1. Who is the main character?
  2. What is the main event?
  3. What point is the author trying to make?
  4. What is one important detail?
Grade 2 Main Idea CCSS: RI.2.1

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Bigfoot is real.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RL.3.3

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What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. Boys can have a lot of fun outdoors in the summer.
  2. You can go fishing in the summer.
  3. Girls and boys enjoy the summertime.
  4. Summer is for relaxing outside.
Grade 7 Main Idea CCSS: RI.7.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Greenhouse gases are essential for life on earth.
  2. A century ago, people's reliance on fossil fuels increased.
  3. The planet's climate is shifting primarily because of human behavior.
  4. Carbon dioxide is extremely damaging to people, plants, and animals.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: RL.4.2, RL.4.5

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What is the subject of the second stanza?
  1. flowers blooming
  2. animals and their babies
  3. growing crops
  4. singing about summer
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RL.5.2

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What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. Summer is very hot and annoying.
  2. Summer is a wonderful time for the speaker.
  3. Summer is only enjoyed by kings.
  4. Summer is full of fun things to do outside.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. July 4 is the true Independence Day.
  2. No one knows when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  3. Other dates are also significant to America's independence.
  4. The Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 2.
Grade 7 Main Idea CCSS: RI.7.5

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Which sentence best describes the central idea of paragraphs 10-11 in the text?
  1. Humans and animals have similar teenage years.
  2. Animals and humans have some similarities, but many more differences when it comes to mating.
  3. Humans tend to mate for life, while animals have many mates.
  4. The more advanced the animal, the longer it takes to grow and develop.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.8
What Sentence might provide the BEST EVIDENCE for the following controlling idea.

"Before the crusades brought in new food and new flavors from outside, food in the Middle Ages was more varied for the richer population than that of the poor"
  1. "In fact, when you were eating in a medieval castle, the salt would be on the table in a huge fancy salt cellar, and the rich people would sit near the salt so they could use it, while the poor people sat further down the long table and couldn't use the salt." (Paragraph 3)
  2. "In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were." (Paragraph 1)
  3. "They grew herbs like parsley, chives, basil and rosemary to flavor their food." (Paragraph 2)
  4. "...they had spices to put on their food, expensive spices that had to come all the way from India like pepper and cinnamon." (Paragraph 3)
Grade 7 Main Idea CCSS: RI.7.1

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Which sentence from the text best supports the answer to Part A?
  1. You doubtless know already that the more highly developed the animal, the longer it takes the young one to grow before it is born, and the longer the period when it is helpless to provide its own food and care.
  2. Now we come to human beings, and see how different they are!
  3. Most of the animals have different mates every season, though there are a few kinds where the male and female, once having mated, remain mates for years, sometimes even for life.
  4. But it is only human beings whose mating is what we call “falling in love,” and that is an experience far beyond anything that the animals know.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.2

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What is the point of this passage about Santa Claus?
  1. To explain the history of Santa Claus
  2. To show how Santa Claus appears in other countries
  3. To give the history of Christmas
  4. To show how Christmas is celebrated in other countries
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