Main Idea II

Pre-Test

 

1. What is the best central theme of the pictures below?

A. Foods that you can eat.
B. Fruit
C. Garden vegetables
D. four pictures

2. If the central theme is "colors in the rainbow", which of the following is a supporting detail?

A. grape
B. Red
C. Oranges
D. cherries

Read the passage to answer number 3 and 4.

On March 5, 1770, serious trouble erupted. A group of sailors, and small boys threw snowballs at the Redcoat soldiers who were stationed in Boston. The harmless snowballs made the soldiers angry. As a result, the soldiers began to fire into the crowd. When it was over, three Americans were dead, and two others died later of their wounds. The Boston Massacre became one of the reasons that Americans wanted independence from Britain.

3. What is the central theme of the passage above?

A. Soldiers
B. Sailors
C. Boston Massacre
D. Americans died

4. Which sentence is the main idea of the passage above?

A. On March 5, 1770, serious trouble erupted.
B. A group of sailors, and small boys threw snowballs at the Redcoat soldiers who were stationed in Boston.
C. When it was over, three Americans were dead, and two others died later of their wounds.
D. The Boston Massacre became one of the reasons that Americans wanted independence from Britain.

Use the passage below to answer questions 5 and 7.

The winter at Valley Forge was a difficult time for the American troops. They were fighting for American independence from Britain. Supplies of food and clothing were scarce. Some of the soldiers were barefoot and got frost bit. Others were starving to death. Many of the men were ill. In addition, there were not enough horses and wagons to bring supplies.

5. What is the central theme of the passage?

A. difficult time
B. Food and clothing
C. death
D. American independence

6. What is the main idea of the passage?

A. The winter at Valley Forge was a difficult time for the American troops.
B. Supplies of food and clothing were scarce.
C. Some of the soldiers were barefoot and got frost bit.
D. Others were starving to death.

7. Which of the following is not a supporting detail for the main idea?

A. Food and clothing were scarce.
B. There were not enough horses.
C. Men were ill.
D. All of the men died.


Use the passage below to answer questions 8, 9, and 10

During the American Revolution, several men became known for their bravery. One notable character that fought for American independence was a Scotsman by birth, named John Paul Jones. He came upon a British convoy and fought from morning til night. His ship was severely damaged so he latched his small ship, the Bon Homme Richard, to the larger British ship, the Serapis. The British commander asked him to surrender. However, his reply was, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In hand to hand combat, Jones led his men and defeated the British. John Paul Jones became an American hero.

7. What is the central theme of the passage above?

A. John Paul Jones
B. The American Revolution
C. Brave men
D. The Serapis battle

8. What is the main idea of the passage above?

A. During the American Revolution, several men became known for their bravery.
B. He came upon a British convoy and fought from morning til night.
C. In hand to hand combat, Jones led his men and defeated the British.
D. John Paul Jones became an American hero.

9. Which of the following is not a supporting detail of the passage above:

A. John Paul Jones was a Scotsman by birth, who fought in the American Revolution.
B. Jones said, "I have not yet begun to fight!"
C. Jones led his men to defeat the British.
D. Jones was well known, even before the war, for his bravery.

10. Which of the following could be added to the passage as a supporting detail?

A. Jones was a crazy man
B. Jones was not determined to win the war.
C. Jones became known as the founder of the strong United States naval tradition.
D. Jones had a larger ship than the British.

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