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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) Main Idea Questions

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Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Journalists play an important role in the creation of a newspaper.
  2. Many editors look over pieces of a newspaper before it is published.
  3. The editor-in-chief is the head of a local newspaper.
  4. Some newspapers have more editors than others.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2

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Which statement provides the main idea for the passage?
  1. Nettles are annoying and should be handled with care, but they still have many uses.
  2. Weeds are annoying and take over gardens, but are very important.
  3. Weeds often grow much faster and more abundantly than the plants we want to grow.
  4. Nettles come in many different varieties, but all have square stems.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.5, RI.8.1, RI.8.5

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Which piece of parental advice is supported by the information in paragraph 3?
  1. Keep your elbows off the table!
  2. Don't play with your food!
  3. Chew with your mouth closed!
  4. Don't eat too much!
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.8.1

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Which sentence from the above passage best describes the main idea of the third paragraph?
  1. "McHugh joins Gates as Republicans in important positions dealing with the nation's military."
  2. "The president values different opinions in his administration."
  3. "He kept Robert Gates as Secretary of Defense."
  4. "He did not agree with cuts Obama wanted to make in military budgets."
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.8.1

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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 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.8.2
Predator in the night
Eyes flashing with intent
Hunting for something to feed
Her and her young
She claws up a tree to perch high above
To watch closely and carefully
Ready to kill, ready to provide
So that they can live another day

What would be a possible theme for the poem?
  1. People turn into animals if they are left in the wild.
  2. Hunting is a dangerous sport if you aren't careful.
  3. Watch out for predators when you are outdoors.
  4. The predator instinct exists within everyone.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RST.6-8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Sleep needs shift dramatically while on the space shuttle.
  2. Astronauts would oversleep if not for Mission Control's morning call.
  3. Sleeping on the space shuttle requires a mix of adaptation and creativity.
  4. Motion sickness makes a good night's sleep on the shuttle very difficult.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.8.5

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What is the purpose of paragraph 6?
  1. to describe how to eat asparagus
  2. to cover rules for specific foods
  3. to highlight popular dinner foods
  4. to explain how to use a knife
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2, RST.6-8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Inuit once lived in igloos in Canada and Greenland.
  2. Igloos are easier to build than some may believe.
  3. Snow provides a surprising amount of insulation for igloos.
  4. Igloos are more comfortable to live in than most people realize.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: RST.6-8.2

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Which detail would fit best in the first paragraph of the text?
  1. The Inuit often relied on igloos on hunting trips.
  2. Oil lamps were usually filled with oil from whales.
  3. Boots and clothes were often put near a window to dry.
  4. The Inuit ate seal, caribou and fish, both raw and cooked.
Grade 8 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2
Which of the following IS NOT a method you would use to identify the main idea?
  1. Research the background information for a specific portion of the text
  2. Read the entire text
  3. Focus on the first sentence and the last sentence
  4. Ask, "What is the author doing here?"
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