Summarization

Pretest Questions

Try this pre-test before you look at the tutorial. You may take this pre-test as many times as you like. Good Luck!

1. When you are asked to summarize, you should:

a. include specific details
b. include only the basic facts.
c. list the sequence
d. write the paragraph over again.

2. Which of the following is not included in the "5 W's" of a summarization?

a. Who
b. What
c. Why or how
d. Whatever

Look at the sentences below. Choose the best summary for the sentences:

* Columbus believed that he could find a water route to China.
* Columbus wanted to find a better route to China because Marco Polo had described the riches that were in China.
* Marco Polo wrote about the golden cities in China.

3. Choose the best summary for the sentences above.

A. Columbus wanted to find a water route to China in order to reach the golden cities that Marco Polo had written about.
B. Columbus wanted to find the golden cities that Marco Polo had written about.
C. Marco Polo wrote about China which made Columbus want to find it.
D. Columbus was a navigator.

Look at the sentences below. Choose the best summary for the sentences:

* In the morning of October 12, 1492, a sailor on the Pinta spotted land.
* As the daylight appeared, Columbus saw an island that was "so green that it is a pleasure to gaze upon".
* Columbus and his men landed on an island in the Bahamas.

4. Choose the best summary for the sentences above.

A. On October 12, 1492, the sailors landed in the Bahamas.
B. Columbus landed in the Bahamas.
C. On October 12, 1492, Columbus landed on the island in the Bahamas that a sailor on the Nina had spotted earlier that morning.
D. Columbus landed on an island in the Bahamas and said it was "so green that it is a pleasure to gaze upon."

Look at the sentences below. Choose the best summary for the sentences:
* Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand were pleased with the discoveries of Columbus.
* They especially liked the parrots and the Indian captives that Columbus brought to them.
* Columbus was given the title "Admiral of the Ocean Sea."

5. Choose the best summary for the sentences above.

A. The Queen and King were so pleased with Columbus' discoveries that they gave him the title "Admiral of the Ocean Sea."
B. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella liked the parrots that Columbus brought so they gave him a title.
C. Columbus was given the title "Admiral of the Ocean Sea."
D. The Queen and King liked the gifts that Columbus brought.

Read the paragraph below to answer questions 6 -9.

In the 1500s, a Spanish explorer by the name of Balboa came to the Americas to seek his fortune and glory. He set out to find a region described by the Indians as "flowing with gold." They also told him about another sea that he wanted to find. He pushed through a rainforest and four days later found the "South Sea." He claimed it for Spain.

6. Who found the South Sea and claimed it for Spain?

A. Spain
B. Americas
C. Columbus
D. Balboa

7. Where and When did the event in the paragraph above take place?

A. In the 1500s in Spain.
B. In the 1500s in the Rainforest
C. In the 1500s in the Americas
D. In the 1400s with the Indians.

8. What happened in the story?

A. Balboa talked with the Indians.
B. Balboa searched and found the South Sea.
C. Balboa looked for fortunes.
D. Spain sent Balboa to talk with the Indians.

9. Use the paragraph above and choose the best summary.

A. In the 1500s, the Spainish explorer Balboa came to the Americas to seek fortunes, and found the "South Sea" for Spain.
B. Balboa was the explorer from Spain that found the South Sea when searching for fortune and glory in the Rainforest of the Americas.
C. Balboa was an explorer.
D. The Spanish explorer, Balboa, claimed the South Sea for Spain.

10. Which of the following sentences include the information necessary to be a summary sentence without giving unnecessary details?

A. In 1488 a Protuguese sea captain named Bartolomeu Dias sailed on his ship to the southern tip of Africa and later named it the Cape of Good Hope because the king was so overjoyed at the discovery that Dias had made.
B. Prince Henry, "the Navigator", started a school for map makers.
C. In 1271, Marco Polo began a journey to China which inspired him to write a book that included interesting facts about the Chinese.
D. Vasco Da Gamma sailed along the coast of Africa.

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