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Fifth Grade (Grade 5) Main Idea Questions

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Grade 5 :: Main Idea by crowgeo
The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

What is the topic sentence in the paragraph above?
  1. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days.
  2. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year.
  3. The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees.
  4. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.
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 5 :: Main Idea by crowgeo
Police depend on evidence to solve crimes. Forensic scientists collect evidence to solve many different kinds of mysteries, including robberies, missing persons, and murders. Examining the crime scene with precise methods, they collect hair, fibers, trash, and many other tiny bits of material which help them determine the individual who committed the crime. They are particularly interested in evidence, such as fingerprints, that can be linked to a specific person.

What is the topic sentence in the paragraph above?
  1. Police depend on evidence to solve crimes.
  2. They are particularly interested in evidence, such as fingerprints, that can be linked to a specific person.
  3. Examining the crime scene with precise methods, they collect hair, fibers, trash, and many other tiny bits of material which help them determine the individual who committed the crime.
  4. Forensic scientists collect evidence to solve many different kinds of mysteries, including robberies, missing persons, and murders.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by TabFarmer
Mars, a reddish orange planet often seen in the night sky, has long been of interest to humans. Many years ago, scientists used telescopes to chart the movements of Mars. Modern scientists can do more than just look at Mars through a telescope.

Which sentence, if added at the end of Paragraph 1, best supports the main topic of the paragraph?
  1. Scientists first began using telescopes in the early 1600's.
  2. Cameras today can take much sharper images than earlier models.
  3. Scientists in the United States can actually study the surface of the planet.
  4. Photographs of planets are known to become important historical records.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by jacksonp1
Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process.
  2. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives.
  3. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age.
  4. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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Which detail would fit best with the main idea in last paragraph?
  1. Instructions on how to put out a campfire
  2. The basic rules of overall fire safety
  3. What conditions specialists have to consider
  4. Details about the training fire experts must undergo
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. An Ongoing Need for Fires Specialists
  2. The Destruction of Heat and Flames
  3. How to Keep Small Fires Under Control
  4. The Usefulness of Planned Forest Fires
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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What is the most likely reason only a limited number of people see the glowworm grotto?
  1. It is too difficult to get to.
  2. Few people live in New Zealand.
  3. Tourists rarely venture into caverns.
  4. It is far too dangerous for people to visit.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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Which detail would fit best in the second paragraph of the passage?
  1. What the Maori culture is like
  2. The technical names of the cave growths
  3. How long the glowworm's life cycle typically is
  4. The sizes and materials used to make the boat caves
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Forest fires are responsible for great damage.
  2. All plants rely on the nutrients found in the soil.
  3. Forest fires can sometimes be quite beneficial.
  4. Animals typically prefer the tender shoots of new plants.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by ReadingMatters

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Amazing sites can be found inside cave systems.
  2. The North Island is home to many different species.
  3. The underground grotto in New Zealand is full of glowing flies.
  4. Chemical reactions can help creatures glow in the dark as part of their survival.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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What is the theme of this passage?
  1. Don't let anything stop you.
  2. Give in to your struggles.
  3. Life often throws you curveballs.
  4. A positive attitude is everything.
Grade 5 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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Grade 5 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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Grade 5 :: Main Idea by szeiger

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