Main Idea Quiz

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Main Idea Quizzes & Trivia

This quiz is to test your understanding of finding the main idea of a reading passage. SELECT THE MAIN IDEA FOR EACH PASSAGE. There is only one correct answer per question. This is not a graded activity. Please attempt the quiz as many times as necessary until you have answered all of the questions correctly.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    For young children, losing privileges for short amounts of time can be very effective.  One way for this to happen is by using what is called “Time-Out.”  Time-Out means time away from all those fun things in a child’s life.  It is a way of disciplining your child without raising your hand or your voice.  Basically, Time-Out involves having your child sit in one place for a certain amount of time.  You can easily see that most kids wouldn’t like Time-Out because they would rather be doing fun things (Burke & Herron, 1996, p. 40).
    • A. 

      Time-Out is not an effective way of disciplining children.

    • B. 

      Time-Out is an effective way of disciplining children.

    • C. 

      Spanking is the least effective way of disciplining children.

    • D. 

      Time-Out means sitting in one place for a certain amount of time.

  • 2. 
    People act the way they are dressed.  Those wearing beach clothes often put their feet on the desk, slouch in their chair, and look lazy.  Those who look professional and businesslike work better and are better received by their colleagues (Casperson, 1999, p. 33).
    • A. 

      People who wear beach clothes to work are lazy.

    • B. 

      Dressing nice will help you get a better job.

    • C. 

      People act the way they are dressed.

    • D. 

      Men should always wear ties to work.

  • 3. 
    A growing number of individuals from corporate offices to coffee shops are finding romance in the workplace.  Today’s emphasis on teamwork and longer work hours make the work environment an opportunity for personal relationships.  Today’s busy, almost frantic, and often stressful lifestyle does not allow much free time for meeting interesting people outside the office.  With a huge portion of our lives devoted to business meetings, and associated activities, the likelihood of meeting someone we might wish to date is highly possible (Casperson, 1999, 147).
    • A. 

      The workplace is a good place to find romance.

    • B. 

      The workplace is not a good place to find romance.

    • C. 

      Romance at the workplace is occurring more often.

    • D. 

      You can be fired for having a romance at the workplace.

  • 4. 
    Proper etiquette indicates that a thank you note should be sent immediately after the interview.  Acknowledge the interviewer’s time and the information you gained about the company during the interview and express your interest in working with the company.  Even if you have concluded that the job or corporation is not a good match for you or your skills, send the thank you.  Your graciousness will be remembered (Casperson, 1999, p. 126).
    • A. 

      Applicants who send thank you notes after interviews always get the job.

    • B. 

      Proper etiquette is more important than job skills when getting a job.

    • C. 

      Only send a thank you note if you think you are going to get the job.

    • D. 

      Always send a thank you note after a job interview.

  • 5. 
    One problem with negative consequences is that parents can lose sight of when to stop giving them.  If one consequence doesn’t work, parents often try another that is harsher.  They begin piling negative consequences on top of negative consequences.  This can lead to an upward spiral where the parent ends up grounding the child for the next five years, or something outlandish like that.  This often happens when parents are frustrated and upset.  Children know which “buttons” to push, and parents can quickly lose their patience.  That’s when “the snowball effect” usually takes place.                For example, Amy’s dad asked her to clean her room.  She didn’t do the chore so her dad took away her telephone privileges for the weekend.  Her room was messy the next day.  For this, she lost a week of TV privileges.  The room didn’t get any cleaner and her father got madder and more frustrated (Burke & Herron, 1996, p.45). 
    • A. 

      Positive reinforcement is the best method of parenting.

    • B. 

      Kids should not be told to clean their rooms.

    • C. 

      The "snowball effect" of negative consequences is not an effective method of discipline

    • D. 

      Children know how to frustrate their parents.