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Theme Questions - All Grades

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Grade 7 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Money Mark was born rich. He never had to work a day in his life and he got everything handed to him on a silver platter. When he was six, Money Mark wanted to go to a basketball game. His father paid the starting five of the Bulls and Celtics to play a private game of Nerf-ball in Money Mark's bedroom. When Money Mark turned thirteen, he wanted to start a band. His father hired the Rolling Stones to play with him every Saturday at the family's private concert hall, though his family was never there. By the time he was twenty-one, Money Mark was bored with life. He was surrounded by a bunch of possessions that he didn't appreciate and Money Mark could find nothing new or exciting in his life. Despite his vast wealth, Money Mark never found happiness.

Penny Petal was born poor. Her family hardly had anything to eat, but they loved each other. Penny Petal appreciated every thing she got. When she was six, her father walked her around the United Center before the Bulls played the Celtics. She was excited by the crazy fans and feeling in the air. She looked forward to the day that she could see a real game. When she was thirteen, she learned to play the buckets. She was an extremely talented musician, a natural percussionist, and everyone on the block loved the rhythms that poured from her palms. By the time she was twenty-one, Penny was a successful businesswoman. Now she had everything that she had ever dreamed of and she truly loved to share her wealth and happiness with her family who supported her through all of the hard times.

What is the THEME?
  1. Don't be greedy.
  2. Material things make people happy.
  3. Happiness can be bought.
  4. Money is everything.
Grade 5 Theme
Eddie Schaffer wheeled through the corridors of Riverside Middle School like a race car passing the pit stops at the Daytona Speedway! If Principal Shandling could give out speeding tickets, Eddie would owe hundreds of dollars in fines by now. As it was, the harried principal simply told Eddie to slow down no less than twelve times a day as he mumbled, "I wish all our students were as eager to get to class on time!"

Eddie's friends marveled at his enthusiasm, his teachers were thrilled to have him in their class, and everyone had long since grown accustomed to his bulky, squeaky wheelchair. After all, it never seemed to slow him down.

After school, he played softball right along with the rest of the kids, smacking the ball with his fist and then zooming around the bases like a bolt of lightning. At PE, he was a star athlete, as healthy as anyone else on the playing field. In band class, he played the trumpet like nobody's business.

Eddie's best friend, Jeremy, was just as athletic, but doubly-blessed by the fact that he could still use both his legs. He loved to push Eddie around, saying it made him twice as strong! Some people thought that it was Jeremy who inspired Eddie to do more, go faster, and be better. But those who listened to Jeremy the day Eddie got hurt knew differently.

Monday morning dawned clear and bright for the kids in Mr. Fisker's homeroom class. They made paper airplanes, chatted about the weekend, and visited loudly until their teacher stood up from his desk and made an announcement:
"Gang," he said wearily, as if he hadn't slept the night before. "I have bad news. Jeremy Givens was in a car accident over the weekend, and his left leg was badly broken. They say that even if it heals properly, he will always have a limp from now on."

The class gasped, thinking of Jeremy's many awards and ribbons for running, jumping, and sprinting. They thought of his bright future as a high school track star, now ruined. Boys shook their heads sadly, some of the girls even cried. But not Eddie.

Jeremy's best friend just cleared his throat and raised his hand. "Mr. Fisker," he said proudly. "I know Jeremy, and if anyone can get over having a limp, it's my best buddy. I've watched him run when he was winded, keep doing push-ups long after his arms had turned to Jell-O, and he's never given up yet..."

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 6 Theme
What is theme?
  1. the problem in the story
  2. time, place, and duration in a story
  3. the development of the central conflict and resolution
  4. the central message or idea about life
Grade 7 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when the theme is implied?
  1. It is a secret.
  2. You can't figure out the theme by reading the story.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. The reader has to make an inference or educated guess about the theme.
Grade 7 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when a theme is stated?
  1. You say the theme out loud.
  2. Someone else says the theme out loud.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. All of these.
  5. None of these.
Grade 5 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.5.2

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What is the theme of this poem?
  1. A dream lost
  2. The value of hard work
  3. Learning a new game
  4. It hurts to fail
Grade 7 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when a theme is recurrent?
  1. The author says the theme over and over again.
  2. The same themes can be found in ancient myths, in short stories, in movies, and even in television shows and from works from many time periods and cultures.
  3. The story moves the reader so much that the theme cannot be mistaken.
  4. None of these.
  5. Both A and C.
Grade 7 Theme
Which of the following sentences might be the theme of a story?
  1. Pesticides are used less often today than they once were.
  2. Dublin, Ireland, makes an interesting setting for a story.
  3. Honesty is the essential foundation of a relationship.
  4. In 1998, Winnie was in her first year of college.
Grade 7 Theme
Which of the following would make the best theme for a short story?
  1. Some types of snakes can be poisonous.
  2. It is easy to prepare a quick, healthful meal.
  3. Kindness, in the long run, will be rewarded.
  4. Many tall buildings sway a little in the wind.
Grade 7 Theme
Where can you find the theme of a story?
  1. The title of the story
  2. Important images or symbols in the story
  3. General observations made by the author, narrator, or characters in the story
  4. Any moral suggested by the outcome of the conflict
  5. All of the above.
  6. Both A & C.
Grade 4 Theme

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Which statement best explains the theme of the story?
  1. Kindness is never wasted.
  2. Christmas is a time for family.
  3. It's no fun being alone at Christmas.
  4. Friends are always there for one another.
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