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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 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2
What is the purpose of the passage?
  1. To educate farmers on trickle drip irrigation systems
  2. To educate homeowners on irrigation systems
  3. To help irrigation system suppliers sell more kits
  4. To encourage people to conserve water with an irrigation system
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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What is the purpose of the passage?
  1. To educate farmers on trickle drip irrigation systems
  2. To educate homeowners on irrigation systems
  3. To help irrigation system suppliers sell more kits
  4. To encourage people to conserve water with an irrigation system
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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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 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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What "ancient view" is the passage describing?
  1. The ancient view of society
  2. The ancient view of the earth
  3. The ancient view of the solar system
  4. The ancient view of man
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.9

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What is Washington's main message in this excerpt?
  1. Don't forget your common goals.
  2. Your differences will divide you.
  3. Stand up for justice.
  4. Watch out for outside influences.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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Which statement best represents the main idea of the passage?
  1. Irving, Texas is changing fast.
  2. The city of Irving, Texas, has long been known as a middle-class white suburb of Dallas.
  3. Latin America has definitely made its way to suburban Texas.
  4. Many expect Irving's Latino population to increase to more than 50 percent.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of this passage about teenagers?
  1. The junior high years are a very exciting time full of adventure.
  2. The junior high years are a very confusing time full of growth and trials.
  3. The junior high years are a period of self-confidence and understanding.
  4. The junior high years are short and will end quickly.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2

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Which sentence from the passage detracts from the main idea?
  1. The artistic treasures, the delicious food, the music, and the nightlife make visiting Buenos Aires truly special.
  2. Indeed, this small economic crisis has come to be known as the great Buenos Aires coin shortage.
  3. People commonly deal in transactions involving only small change, so the problem affects most people in the city.
  4. 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!
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RL.9-10.5

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What does the first paragraph of the passage establish?
  1. The setting
  2. The conflict
  3. The theme
  4. The resolution
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.4

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The word QUANDARIES most likely means...
  1. Difficult situations
  2. States of uncertainty
  3. Boundaries
  4. Various items not important enoguh to be mentioned individually
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RL.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Musical theater is growing in popularity.
  2. It is important to have dreams for the future.
  3. Seeing live performances can be inspirational.
  4. The best plays are performed on Broadway in New York.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.5, RST.9-10.5

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Which of the following ideas would best fit into the passage's bulleted list?
  1. Writing your representatives in Congress about your concerns
  2. Recycling all of your paper, cardboard, glass and plastic trash
  3. Read news reports about air and water pollution issues in your city
  4. Objecting to the continual damage being done to the planet's ozone layer
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.5, RST.9-10.5

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What idea is primarily supported by the bulleted list in the passage?
  1. Saving money
  2. Too much trash
  3. Greenhouse gases
  4. Air and water pollution
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.3

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Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.2, RST.9-10.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The environment is currently in desperate trouble.
  2. Incandescent light bulbs cost far more than fluorescent.
  3. There are multiple reasons to choose a "green" lifestyle.
  4. Protecting the environment is worth making difficult changes.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: RI.9-10.3

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While the Elephanta Festival has religious significance, what is its main purpose?
  1. To bring tourists to the island
  2. To promote India's trendiest artists
  3. To showcase India's classical dance and art
  4. To give visitors a chance to sample ethnic food
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