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Common Core Standard RI.3.2 Questions

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

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Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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Which choice best shows the main idea of this passage?
  1. Rosa Parks gave up her seat on a bus.
  2. Rosa Parks grew up in Tuskegee, Alabama.
  3. Rosa Parks lived on a farm with her mother and grandparents.
  4. Rosa Parks was an important part of the Civil Rights Movement.
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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What is the main idea of the story?
  1. Polar bears like to have fun in the Arctic.
  2. White fur makes it easy for polar bears to hide.
  3. Climate change has made life hard for polar bears.
  4. Mama and baby polar bears hibernate in the winter.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2
What is the main idea of the following paragraph?

Not all plants grow in the same way. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials. Other plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials.
  1. Plants grow and reproduce for many years.
  2. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years.
  3. Most plants grow and reproduce in one year.
  4. Not all plants grow in the same way.
  5. Very few plants grow and reproduce for many years.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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What is the main purpose of the passage?
  1. To give a detailed explanation of how leaves change color in the fall
  2. To offer a brief explanation of how weather has an effect on the changing colors of the leaves
  3. To explain why people like to look at leaves in the fall
  4. To describe a magical process by which leaves change color
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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What is the main point of the passage?
  1. Scientists think Usain Bolt is the fastest human in the world.
  2. Cheetahs will always run faster than humans.
  3. Humans have the ability to run up to 40 miles per hour.
  4. Most humans can only run 8.5 miles per hour.
Grade 3 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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Which choice best summarizes the passage?
  1. There have been many different alphabets over time, but the one we use today is the best.
  2. The alphabet we use today has changed many times throughout history.
  3. Different cultures used different alphabets to fit their needs at the time.
  4. A symbol-based alphabet made a lot of sense for the early humans, but not for us.
Grade 3 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.3.2

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Why did the author most likely write the passage?
  1. To tell about a French photographer
  2. To explain what a doppleganger is
  3. To find her own doppleganger
  4. To talk about how rare twins are

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