Main Idea of the passage RC questions
All of us have solved RC questions in our schools and colleges. However, in CAT there is a crucial difference. In our earlier years, the passages that we came across were either from our textbooks and the questions were straightforward. So, most of the times, we used to look at the questions first and then search the answer in the passage. However, for the MBA entrance tests, the questions are asked in a different manner. They require the understanding of the passage. One of the frequently asked questions which can be seen is –IDENTIFY THE MAIN IDEA OF THE PASSAGE.
First, we need to know what they want from us on Main Idea-type questions. They want us, of course, to have understood the overall Point.They typically also want us to know how to “abstract”. The Point: to talk about it in more abstract, general language.
Before we can answer a Main Idea question, we have to recognize that we have a Main Idea-type question in the first place! Below is a list of sample language that will help to recognize a Main Idea question.
1.what is the “primary purpose?”
2.the passage or the author is “primarily concerned with” what?
3.which answer “best summarizes the central idea?”
4.which answer “states the main idea?”
5.what is the “central purpose?”
Always try to understand the MAIN POINT of the passage. What is the passage trying to convey? What is the author trying to get across to the readers? It is very common to see a question about what the main point of the passage was
RC questions is unpredictability. The passages can be on any topic, any length and any questions can be asked on them. Due to this, there is no definite method of studying RC questions. One can solve 100 numerical problems on a topic and then for the 101st problem, can refer to the learning from the previously solved problems. This is not applicable in RC. After solving 100 RC passages and questions, the 101st passage and questions are still a new experience. This unpredictability of RC makes them the most important questions in CAT.
We just want to say this one last time. You can’t expect to become a scratch golfer just by reading a few magazine articles and watching a few golf tournaments on TV. Likewise, you can’t expect to become an expert in RC’S just by reading some tips and advice.You have to work really hard on this. RC is one of the most difficult sections to improve upon. Practice as many possible problems as you can in every topic comprising history,polity,technology,science, economics etc. LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED….THE MORE YOU PRACTICE THE BETTER YOU GET AT IT….
LETS WORK OUT WITHA FEW EXAMPLES:
IDENTIFY THE MAIN IDEA Question 1:
1.The Holland Tunnel is a roadway under the Hudson River. At one end of the tunnel is New York City. At the other end is the state of New Jersey. Almost 50,000 cars and trucks go through the Holland Tunnel each day. The distance is just over one and a half miles.Depending on the time of day,it can be a long or short trip.
A. what the Holland Tunnel is
B. the length of the Holland Tunnel
C. what the Hudson River is like
Option A.The main idea of the passage talks about the holland tunnel.Option b is incorrect as it is saying only about the length of tunnel. Option C is out of scope.
IDENTIFY THE MAIN IDEA Question 2:
Americans like toast, eggs, and cereal. In China people eat congee, a thick rice. People in Japan often have a soup called miso. Pancakes made from lentil beans are favored in India. Bread and coffee with milk are the most popular breakfast foods in France. Breakfast around the world is a matter of different tastes.
The main idea of the paragraph is
A. people in China and Japan like different foods
B. cereal is a popular breakfast food in the United States
C. people eat different foods for breakfast around the world
Option C.Every sentence in the questions supports the main idea people eat different foods for breakfast across world.
IDENTIFY THE MAIN IDEA Question 3:
The railroad was not the first institution to impose regularity on society, or to draw attention to the importance of precise timekeeping. For as long as Line merchants have set out their wares at daybreak and communal festivities have been celebrated, people have been in rough agreement with their neighbors as to the
time of day. The value of this tradition is today more apparent than ever. Were it not for public acceptance of a single yardstick of time, social life would be unbearably chaotic: the massive daily transfers of goods, services,and information would proceed in fits and starts; the very fabric of modern society would begin to unravel.
A.In modern society we must make more time for our neighbors.
B.The traditions of society are timeless.
C.An accepted way of measuring time is essential for the smooth functioning of society.
D.Society judges people by the times at which they conduct certain activities.
Option C.The main idea of the passage is that societies need to agree about how time is measured in order to function smoothly.
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