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Eleventh Grade (Grade 11) Main Idea Questions

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Grade 11 Main Idea
Which is a strategy used to identify the main idea of a passage?
  1. Read the entire passage
  2. Summarize each paragraph in the margin
  3. Read the first and last sentence
  4. Rewrite the paragraph in your own words
Grade 11 Main Idea

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Which of the following best summarizes the central idea of this passage?
  1. Science has had no effect on changing the quality of life for children.
  2. Children thrive not based on practices, but the organization of those practices.
  3. Parents need thorough training to help them raise their children successfully.
  4. Infant mortality rates have begun to decline in developed countries.
Grade 11 Main Idea
How do you find the main idea that is inferred or implied?
  1. Look in the first and last sentence.
  2. Look at the middle content.
  3. Eliminate answer choices.
  4. All of the above
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.11-12.6

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Which statement would the author of the passage most likely support?
  1. Humans take themselves too seriously.
  2. There's no place for laughter in a human's life.
  3. Most drama in life is justified.
  4. Avoid drama at all cost.
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.11-12.2

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Which choice best summarizes the author's main argument in the passage?
  1. Laughter involves no emotion whatsoever.
  2. Most things, when looked at objectively, are comical.
  3. Most things are not funny.
  4. Laughter involves using negative emotions and making fun of people.
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.11-12.2

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Which choice best represents the theme of the passage?
  1. The responsibilities of adulthood
  2. The innocence of childhood
  3. The mother-daughter relationship
  4. The beauty of nature
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.11-12.2

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Which statement best sums up the theme of BOTH passages?
  1. You have to go back to go forward.
  2. Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone.
  3. You can always go home again.
  4. Life has its ups and downs.
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.11-12.2

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What does the passage deal with?
  1. Legal drinking age
  2. Underage drinking
  3. Adult drinking
  4. Consequences of underage drinking
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.11-12.2

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What is the poem essentially about?
  1. Having a lot of women
  2. Dancing in the streets
  3. A new type of music
  4. The end of the jazz era
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.11-12.3
In the beginning of the passage, what does Emerson say is the one thing that people forget about government?
  1. It cannot be changed.
  2. It is powerful and controlling.
  3. It was created by men and can be changed by men.
  4. It was created for the good of the people and should remain unchanged.
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.11-12.8

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How could the author best strengthen the effectiveness of his argument?
  1. Include a few jokes in the paragraph
  2. Describe a particular situation that becomes funny when emotion is removed
  3. Add a quote from a psychologist who has studied the benefits of laughter
  4. Explain ways to remove yourself from the emotions of a situation
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.11-12.6

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Which quote about laughter would the author be most likely to agree with?
  1. "In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed." - Khalil Gibran
  2. "If love is the treasure, laughter is the key." - Yakov Smirnoff
  3. "Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion." - Kurt Vonnegut
  4. "It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either." - Wayne Dyer
Grade 11 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.11-12.3

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