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Main Idea (Grade 8)

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Main Idea

1. 
The most important idea of a story is called the main idea.
  1. true
  2. false
2. 
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."
3. 
Floods can cause tremendous damage. They can ruin houses, roads and buildings. Floods can take down trees and cause mudslides. It often leaves mud, sand and debris behind. It can take months to clean up after a flood.

What is the main idea?
  1. Floods can cause a lot of damage.
  2. Floods cause mudslides.
  3. Floods damage houses and roads.
  4. Flood damage may take months to clean up.
4. 
Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

Which sentence from the paragraph expresses the main idea?
  1. Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants.
  2. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind.
  3. They will look and behave much like real humans.
  4. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience.
5. 
Where is the main idea usually found in a paragraph?
  1. in the last sentence
  2. in the first word
  3. in the second sentence
  4. in the first sentence
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