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Main Idea and Theme (Grade 5)

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Main Idea and Theme

1. 
Wendell Waited
by John J. Bonk

Wendell just waited.
He constantly waited.
He waited for winter to melt into spring,
for grass to grow,
for birds to sing.
It sprang,
It grew,
They sang, they flew.
Then Wendell sat waiting for winter anew.

Wendell still waited.
Impatiently waited.
He ate from his plate, gaining weight as he waited.
He waited for someone to hand him a prize,
to scratch his back,
to bake his pies.
No prize,
No pies,
No big surprise.
But Wendell kept waiting with wonder and whys.

What would best solve Wendell's main problem?
  1. being more careful when winter comes
  2. learning to appreciate the present time
  3. having spring arrive sooner than expected
  4. receiving a prize from someone
2. 
Bill is one of those people who just doesn't have to worry about gaining too much weight. He is the best tennis player I've ever met. Bill can eat any amount of any food he likes without putting on an ounce. He can go for weeks without exercising without apparent effect. It just doesn't seem fair!

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Bill is one of those people who just doesn't have to worry about gaining too much weight.
  2. He is the best tennis player I've ever met.
  3. Bill can eat any amount of any food he likes without putting on an ounce.
  4. He can go for weeks without exercising without apparent effect.
  5. It just doesn't seem fair!
3. 
April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college. She's checking out the many websites that provide information for picking the right college or university. She's even researching the climate of the area of every school she considers.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend.
  2. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools.
  3. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college.
  4. She's checking out the many websites that provide information for picking the right college or university.
  5. She's even researching the climate of the area of ever school she considers.
4. 
Please don't spend a lot of money on my birthday present. I'm just thankful to have such a wonderful mother and father. I'll just use the little money I have to buy myself an inexpensive coat. And if I can only find coats that cost more than what I have saved up, I'll just continue wearing the coat I have, even if the zipper is broken.

What is the message?
  1. I don't want a gift.
  2. Buy me a coat.
  3. The zipper on my coat is broken.
5. 
Finding the theme to a passage is most like...
  1. a camera zooming in to find the details
  2. a camera zooming out to see the entire picture

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