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Unformatted text preview: You are on your way to AmLa class, and your friend asks you about the movie you saw last night. Your friend doesn't have time to hear about the whole two hours of the movie, but you can tell you friend in a few sentences what the movie is about. What's it all about? The answer to this question is the main idea . The Main idea refers to what a paragraph or an article is about. "Main" means what is important, or key, the heart of the matter. "Idea" means the thought, the thesis or the topic. Finding the Main Idea In English paragraphs, the Main Idea will most likely be found in one of these five places: in the first sentence in the last sentence in the middle of the paragraph in two sentences of the paragraph not stated in the paragraph directly (implied) Read the following paragraphs and tell where the main idea is located. A. Despite the hatred that most people feel toward cockroaches, they do help humans in several ways. For example, they are perfect experimental animals and are used for scientific research in the laboratory. Breeding them is easy, for they thrive under almost any conditions. In studies on nutrition and food, cockroaches are good subjects because they will eat any kind of food. They can be used to study heart disease, and cancer researchers work with roaches because they grow cancerous tumors like those that are found in humans. 1) in the first sentence 2) in the last sentence 3) in the middle of the paragraph 4) in two sentences of the paragraph 5) not stated in the paragraph directly (implied) B. About 300 million years ago, long before dinosaurs ruled the earth, the cockroach already had been here for a long time. We can only guess at why it has not become extinct, but the physical assets of the cockroach provide a major reason for its survival. The cockroach's body is very flat, allowing it to slip into tiny cracks and crevices, and its six strong running legs give it unmatched powers of escape. Two small feelers detect movements and changes in air currents, thus warning the insect of approaching danger. The cockroach's two large eyes are made up of hundreds of tiny, separate eyes which are very good for seeing movements - an ability that helps a roach escape its enemies....
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course ENGLISH RE Comp1 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '00 term at UNF.
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