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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. ...

Questions: 5  |  Attempts: 11123   |  Last updated: Jun 21, 2021
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    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).

It's time to answer some cool and interesting questions about some main ideas and details!

Questions: 5  |  Attempts: 4871   |  Last updated: May 3, 2021
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    Do you ever wonder how you taste things? You owe your sense of taste to your taste buds. We have nine thousand taste buds just on the tongue alone. There are also taste buds on the roof of your mouth. You even have taste buds on the back of your throat.


Questions: 5  |  Attempts: 1904   |  Last updated: Apr 2, 2015
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    Read each paragraph and determine its main idea.    How do migrating animals find their destination? They navigate in a variety of ways. Fish use their sense of smell to recognize their migration paths and are guided by changing water temperatures. Birds use the position of the sun to orient themselves. Some birds have magnetic particles in their ear mechanisms that act as a compass. Mammals rely on their memory. Some elephant trails have been used for hundreds of years.The main idea is: 

Identify topic sentence, supporting details, and concluidng sentences

Questions: 15  |  Attempts: 4818   |  Last updated: Sep 12, 2014
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    There are moments when the parents of a teen-ager say, or at least think, "Why don't you act your age?" But what age is the young adolescent to act? One minute he is twelve years old; the very next, he seems sixteen; and a moment later he crawls back into childish comfort. The betwixt-and-between junior-high-school pupil offers parents and teachers exciting challenge, for adults cannot guide seventh, eighth and ninth graders without growing themselves.Neither "fish nor fowl," the junior-high-school pupil is caught between tender childishness and manly promise. During these years of change and unashamed enthusiasm, the young adolescent explores a million quandaries, test a hundred selves and questions tumbling values as he rapidly constructs others. What is the main idea of this passage about teenagers?

This quiz is about the main ideas

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 1261   |  Last updated: Apr 22, 2013
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    Basketball was invented in 1891 by a physical education instructor in Springfield, Massachusetts, by the name of James Naismith. Because of the terrible weather in winter, his physical education students were indoors rather than outdoors. They really did not like the idea of boring, repetitive exercises and preferred the excitement and challenge of a game. Naismith figured out a team sport that could be played indoors on a gymnasium floor, that involved a lot of running, that kept all team members involved, and that did not allow the tackling and physical contact of American-style football. Question: What is the main idea of the passage?
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