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The theme of a story is its
a) main character
b) universal message or lesson
c) basic plot
d) most memorable sentence or phrase

You can always tell what the theme of a story is by
a) reading carefully to find where the author directly states it
b) putting the main ideas together in a single sentence
c) researching where and when the author lived
d) examing the characters and plot

Which of the following might be the theme of a story?
a) Overcoming your fears is important.
b) A brave young girl pretends to be a man and takes her father's place in the army.
c) Some people are afraid of heights.
d) I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too.

What is the difference between the theme and the main idea of a story?
a) A story only has one main idea but always has more than one theme.
b) The author will tell you the theme somewhere in the text. You have to use clues to figure out the main idea.
c) The main idea is what the story is mostly about. The theme is the universal message you take away from the story.
d) There is no difference. Theme and main idea are the same.

Which of the following is a true statement?
a) No two stories can have the same theme.
b) Every story has a main idea, but not every story has a theme.
c) Stories from different cultures will never have the same theme.
d) Stories written in different cultures and times can have the same theme.

War destroys human values. This is an example of a
a) plot
b) main idea
c) fable
d) theme

In a fable, the theme is
a) that evil wins out over good
b) usually stated in a straightforward way
c) a fact about childhood
d) about talking animals

Which of the following would not be considered a theme?
a) the pain of love
b) the pressure of traditions
c) a soldier coming home from war
d) survival of the smartest

Which of the following could be a theme of Goldilocks and the Three Bears?
a) respect for others and their property
b) why you shouldn't eat cold porridge
c) the baby bear
d) a curious girl breaks into a house

You are writing a story with the theme of friendship. Which of the following would be the best way to get your theme across?
a) make the plot a mystery
b) have the characters get to know each other despite their differences
c) have the characters never meet
d) have the characters overcome a fear

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