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Theme Questions - All Grades

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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 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 Jeremey 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 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 3 Theme
What is the theme of a passage?
  1. the message or lesson
  2. the main idea
  3. the climax of a text
  4. how my people are in the story
Grade 7 Theme
Themes should be stated as:
  1. One word emotions such as revenge
  2. A series of emotions such as love and hate
  3. A complete sentence with a universal truth about life
  4. A complete sentence without an emotional word
Grade 4 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which moral best fits the story?
  1. Looks can be deceiving.
  2. Set goals and you will reach them.
  3. Being yourself is the best.
  4. Costumes help you escape life.
Grade 7 Theme
In literature, we define THEME as:
  1. A specific message that applied to one story only
  2. The message the author makes that can be applied to other texts too
  3. The attitude the author has toward a subject
  4. The setting of the story
Grade 5 Theme

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In "The Land of Nod," what is the theme of the poem?
  1. Sleep is good.
  2. Use your imagination.
  3. Dreams are a way to escape.
  4. You never dream about real things.
Grade 7 Theme
In literature, a purpose of THEME is:
  1. to give readers a better understanding of the main character’s conflicts and experiences
  2. to give readers a better understanding of the minor character's conflicts and experiences
  3. to give readers a better understanding of the main character’s background
  4. to give readers a better understanding of the main character’s appearance
Grade 3 Theme

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Grade 4 Theme

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Which choice best describes a theme in the poem "My Bed is a Boat"?
  1. Sailors work day and night.
  2. You can always come back home.
  3. Going to bed can be an adventure.
  4. A boy sleeps better when he is on a boat.
Grade 8 Theme
What is the definition of theme?
  1. the broad idea, message or lesson of a story
  2. the ending of a story
  3. the lesson you learn in a story
  4. none of the above
Grade 9 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.9-10.2
Which theme is best represented in the poem?
  1. The nature of death
  2. There is life after death
  3. Death is the end
  4. Death comes quickly
Grade 4 Theme

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"Little Things" shares a message with readers. Which choice best represents that message?
  1. The minutes tick by slowly.
  2. Never underestimate the power of a child.
  3. Drops of water and grains of sand are very small.
  4. The small things are as important as the big things.
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