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Name _______________________________________ Date _______________
Objective: 8R.3.1.1
Restate the main idea (explicit or implicit) and supporting details
in expository text.
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1.
Carl was the most miserable he'd ever been. For a split second after the
bullet struck, the deer stood motionless. Then his body shot straight upward,
twisting in pain, then fell silently to the ground. Carl ran to the deer. The
moment he thought would be so exciting, turned out to be one of the saddest
moments of his life. To this day, it still haunts him.
What is the main idea of this paragraph?
A. Deer hunting is illegal.
B. Hunting as a sport is old fashioned.
C. The sadness of death makes hunting easy.
D. Killing a deer has forever affected Carl.
2.
Shuttle Endeavour will thunder into orbit this week with an American flag
on its right wing. The ship will carry its most international crew ever launched.
The spaceship is headed for the International Space Station. Four Americans
are on board, along with Russian, Canadian, and Italian astronauts. This
multinational crew will be symbolic of those who will work and live on the
growing outpost. The station is a joint project of 16 nations on four continents.
This paragraph is mainly about
A. the Russian aboard the American space shuttle.
B. the brand new International Space Station.
C. the cultural crew aboard the space shuttle.
D. the American flag on the space shuttle's wing.
(1) On Thursday, Sony Music chairman and chief executive Tommy Mottola
announced he was leaving the company to start his own music label. Mottola built
the careers of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and other superstars. He ends a 14-year
relationship with Sony, though the new label is being created in partnership with
Sony. Mottola joined the company in 1987, when it was CBS Records.
(2) “I have been thinking about this new challenge for about a year,” Mottola said.
“I am ready to create a company that will become a blueprint for the music business
in the coming years.”
(3) Mottola’s new company has no name yet. Sony Music is expected to
announce a replacement for Mottola within the next few days.
(4) Last year, Mottola was involved in an embarrassing feud with Michael
Jackson, one of Sony’s biggest stars. Jackson was disappointed with belowaverage sales. He perceived a lack of promotion for his album, Invincible. He
publicly accused Mottola of being a racist. Several black industry executives spoke
in Mottola’s defense.
(5) One of Mottola’s biggest successes was Mariah Carey. He signed the
unknown singer when he was president of Columbia Records. Carey debuted in
1990. She went on to sell over 50 million albums in her career. Carey and Mottola
wed in 1993 and split up after four years. She left Columbia in 2001, claiming
dissatisfaction with the promotion of her music.
(6) Jennifer Lopez was another artist who benefitted from Mottola’s marketing
skills. She was only known as an actress and dancer, not a singer, when Mottola
signed her. All of her releases have sold at least 1 million copies.
(7) In recent months, Mottola has begun marketing strategies to link Sony’s
superstars with brands to boost sales. For example, Dion will be featured in ads for
Chrysler. Destiny’s Child lead singer Beyoncé Knowles is the new pitchwoman for
Pepsi.
3. Paragraphs 5 and 6 are mostly about
A. the reason Mottola is leaving Sony Music.
B. the feud Mottola had with Michael Jackson.
C. the artists Mottola has made into superstars.
D. Mottola's latest marketing strategy with Sony.
4. What is the main idea presented in this article?
A. Tommy Mottola has worked with artists like Mariah Carey.
B. Tommy Mottola is leaving Sony to create a new label.
C. Tommy Mottola's new company does not have a name.
D. Sony Music works with music superstar Michael Jackson.
5. Sony was not sorry to have Mottola leave. Which sentence from the passage
best supports this idea?
A. "I am ready to create a company that I believe will become a blueprint for the
music business in the coming years."
B. Jennifer Lopez was ... only known as an actress and dancer, not a singer, when
Mottola signed her.
C. Last year, Mottola was involved in an embarrassing feud with Michael Jackson,
one of Sony's biggest stars.
D. In recent months, Mottola has begun marketing strategies to link Sony's
superstars with brands to boost sales.
Key
1. D
2. C
3. C
4. B
5. C
Explanations
1.
The last sentence in this paragraph is the most important: "The moment he
thought would be so exciting, turned out to be one of the saddest moments of
his life." This sentence tells you how he felt about killing the deer.
2. This paragraph tells you about the "multinational" or diverse crew that will be
launching into orbit on the Shuttle Endeavour, including astronauts from
Russia, Canada, Italy, and America.
3. Paragraph 5 talks about Mottola working with Mariah Carey. He took her from
an unknown to a huge music superstar. Paragraph 6 focuses on Mottola's
work with Jennifer Lopez. He made an actress and dancer known as a singer
and made her very famous. These paragraphs focus on two of the artists
Mottola made into music superstars.
4. The main idea is what the passage is mostly about. This passage is mostly
about Tommy Mottola leaving Sony to start a new record label. The rest of the
passage gives details about Mottola and his long, successful career at Sony.
5. The word "embarrassing" implies that the feud was negative and would have
reflected poorly on Sony. Also, the fact that the feud was with one of Sony's
biggest stars does not reflect well on Mottola or the company.