Main Idea Skills Test

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Main Idea Skills Test

Test helps to gauge student improvement in reading.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Select the Main Idea: 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.
    • A. 

      Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants.

    • B. 

      We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind.

    • C. 

      They will look and behave much like real humans.

    • D. 

      Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience.

  • 2. 
    Read and select the main idea: Housework is the first thing to fall by the wayside in the time-pressured lives of professional women. In a survey by Family Circle magazine, over 80 percent of full-time working women said the only way they could balance a job, home, and family was to sacrifice high cleaning standards. The next thing to get put on the back burner was sex. Almost 75 percent said that by the end of the day, they or their spouses were too tired for anything but TV. Fifty percent reported that friends and social events were third in line to get squeezed off the calendar.
    • A. 

      According to a Family Circle survey, full-time working women have to cut back on several customary activities.

    • B. 

      Women who work full-time say they must sacrifice high cleaning standards.

    • C. 

      According to a Family Circle survey, full-time working women would be better off if they took on part-time jobs instead.

    • D. 

      Half of all full-time working women report that working full-time has meant less time for getting together with friends

  • 3. 
    Read and Select the Main Idea: Newspapers had been carrying reports on the famine in Ethiopia for months. Although stories described how people were starving, there was little response from the public. All that changed in October 1984, when NBC-TV showed a five-minute report on the famine. As soon as the pictures of starving children were shown, the network's switchboard lit up. This was the beginning of a huge worldwide effort to send aid to Ethiopia. Similarly, the television coverage of the Vietnam War contributed to the growing anti-war movement.
    • A. 

      The first network TV report on the Ethiopian famine was shown in October 1984.

    • B. 

      People who read newspaper reports are not moved by them.

    • C. 

      Pictures can be more powerful than words alone in moving people into action.

    • D. 

      TV viewers are more interested in international news than in local news.

  • 4. 
    Patients should always be aware of a prescription drug's possible side effects. Unexpected side effects, such as nausea or dizziness, can be frightening and even dangerous. The consumer should ask, if he or she can take the medication along with other drugs he or she is taking. Some combination of drugs can be lethal. Finally, medication should always be stored in its own labeled bottle, never transferred to another. Accidental mix-ups of drugs can have tragic results.
    • A. 

      Consumers may use drugs carelessly.

    • B. 

      Drugs can be dangerous.

    • C. 

      There are several guidelines for taking prescription medications safely.

    • D. 

      To avoid tragic mix-ups, medications should always be stored in their own labeled bottles.