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The Main Idea questions below are in the following grade levels: Kindergarten
Grades: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 College
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Grade 3 :: Main Idea by Jille
The main idea of a story tells us                               .
  1. who is the main character.
  2. what the story is mainly about.
  3. the details of the story.
  4. Nothing
Grade 8 :: Main Idea by shelleygeorge
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is known as the Paris of South America for its rich cultural treasures and its ability to attract a great many tourists. Lately, however, a bizarre problem has hit the city: it has become very difficult to make change. Indeed, this small economic crisis has come to be known as the great Buenos Aires coin shortage.

People commonly deal in transactions involving only small change, so the problem affects most people in the city. The city buses, the most common form of public transportation, take only change. A quick walk through any of the shopping districts of Buenos Aires will show the casual visitor many No Coins signs in storefront windows. Also, taxi rides are a smidgen more expensive as many drivers have begun rounding prices up to avoid dealing with change. 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!

If you hope to visit this beautiful, up-and-coming city soon, dealing with these small inconveniences is worth it! The artistic treasures, the delicious food, the music, and the nightlife make visiting Buenos Aires truly special. Don't let the great Buenos Aires coin shortage stop you. You do need to plan to spend extra time locating coins for many of your simpler purchases and exchanges. If you are entering the city from other parts of Argentina, get a bag of coins, and take them with you! You may end up being more popular than you've ever been before!

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 5 :: Main Idea by jacksonp1
April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college. She's checking out the many Websites that provide information for picking the right college or university. She's even researching the climate of the area of every school she considers.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend.
  2. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools.
  3. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college.
  4. She's checking out the many websites that provide information for picking the right college or university.
  5. She's even researching the climate of the area of ever school she considers.
Grade 1 :: Main Idea by szeiger

This question is a part of a group with common instructions. View group »

Where does the story take place?
  1. In the forest
  2. In the ocean
  3. In the water
  4. In the nest
Grade 8 :: Main Idea by shelleygeorge
The city of Irving, Texas, has long been known as a middle-class white suburb of Dallas. One of the world's largest companies, ExxonMobil, has its corporate headquarters there. For more than 37 years it was home to the Dallas Cowboys professional football team. Football is a real passion for many Texans. Driving into Irving from the east, you're greeted by the town's most famous building: the white-domed Texas Stadium with the big hole in its roof. Until 2009, it was where the Cowboys played their home games. The Cowboys have now moved to a neighboring city, where a larger stadium was built. The Cowboys won five Super Bowl titles while based in Irving.

However, Irving is changing fast. The Cowboys have moved out, and Texas Stadium will be torn down. The ethnic makeup of the city is also changing. According to the most recent census data, Latinos made up 41 percent of Irving's population in 2007. The low home prices have attracted many people. Irving also has many city parks. In 1980, Irving was 93 percent Anglo. Many expect Irving's Latino population to increase to more than 50 percent.

You don't need census data to see the change. Many restaurant signs and billboards are in Spanish. Bookstores have large sections devoted to books in Spanish. At a coffee shop, many of the customers order in Spanish. Many customers will order cafe con leche, or coffee with milk, a favorite drink in Mexico. Latin America has definitely made its way to suburban Texas.

Which of these sentences most strongly supports the main idea of this passage?
  1. "Many expect Irving's Latino population to increase to more than 50 percent."
  2. "Irving also has many city parks."
  3. "Many customers will order cafe con leche, or coffee with milk, a favorite drink in Mexico."
  4. "Driving into Irving from the east, you're greeted by the town's most famous building: the white-domed Texas Stadium with the big hole in its roof."
Grade 1 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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What is the story about?
  1. A mother duckling taking her ducklings swimming
  2. A mother duckling with an ugly duckling
  3. A mother duckling with perfect little ducklings
  4. A mother duckling with a turkey
Grade 1 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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Why does the author include a story of the ducklings swimming?
  1. Because he likes ducklings swimming
  2. Because it shows what's happening in the story
  3. Because ducklings look cute when they swim
  4. Because the mother duck wasn't swimming
Grade 7 :: Main Idea by Debbiepalazzolo
What question should you ask yourself to find the main idea of a passage or paragraph?
  1. What is happening in this paragraph?
  2. What is going on in this paragraph?
  3. Who or what is the paragraph talking about?
  4. What is the most important point the author wants me to understand about the topic?
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