Advancing02_Main_Ideas

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Unformatted text preview: T EN S TEPS TO A DVANCING C OLLEGE R EADING S KILLS Fourth Edition John Langan 2008 Townsend Press Chapter Two: Main Ideas Recognizing the main idea , or point , is the most important key to good comprehension. WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA? To find the main idea, or point, in a reading selection, ask yourself: What is the main point the author is trying to make? WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA? Read this paragraph, asking yourself, What is the authors point? Many people feel that violence on television is harmless entertainment. However, we now know that TV violence does affect people in negative ways. One study showed that frequent TV watchers are more fearful and suspicious of others. They try to protect themselves from the outside world with extra locks on the doors, alarm systems, guard dogs, and guns. In addition, that same study showed that heavy TV watchers are less upset about real-life violence than non-TV watchers. It seems that the constant violence they see on TV makes them less sensitive to the real thing. Another study, of a group of children, found that TV violence increases aggressive behavior. Children who watched violent shows were more willing to hurt another child in games where they were given a choice between helping and hurting. They were also more likely to select toy weapons over other kinds of playthings. Which general statement is supported by the other material in the passage? A. Many people feel that violence on television is harmless entertainment. B. However, we now know that TV violence does affect people in negative ways. C. One study showed that frequent TV watchers are more fearful and suspicious of others. D. They try to protect themselves from the outside world with extra locks on the doors, alarm systems, guard dogs, and guns. WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA? A The paragraph does not support the idea that TV violence is harmless. Sentence A introduces the topic of TV violence. B This is a general statement. The rest of the passage goes on to describe three negative ways that TV violence affects people. C This sentence is about only one study. It is not general enough to include the other studies cited in the paragraph. D This sentence provides detailed evidence for the first supporting idea. It does not cover the rest of the paragraph. Explanation Which general statement is supported by the other material in the passage? A. Many people feel that violence on television is harmless entertainment. B. However, we now know that TV violence does affect people in negative ways. C. One study showed that frequent TV watchers are more fearful and suspicious of others. D. They try to protect themselves from the outside world with extra locks on the doors, alarm systems, guard dogs, and guns. WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA?WHAT IS THE MAIN IDEA?...
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