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African Kingdom of Axum (Aksum/ Axumite) Culture- main idea worksheet

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African Kingdom of Axum (Aksum/ Axumite) Culture- determining main idea worksheet

Determining the Main Idea:
Axumite Culture

Directions: The Main idea is a statement that sums up the most important passage. Identifying the main idea will increase your understanding as you read. The passage includes details and examples that support and explain the main idea

1. To find the main idea of a passage, first identify the topic. Then as you read, define the central idea about the topic that the many details explain or support. The title of the source line can sometimes help identify the topic

2. Looking at the beginning and ending sentences of each paragraph can also help you identify the topic and main idea

3. Read the entire passage as you read, ask yourself “What is the most important point the author wants to convey about the topic?” The answer will help you identify the main idea

4. Look at the details included in the passage. Ask yourself what main idea they point to or explain

5. Scan the questions to focus your re-reading of the passage

1. Axumites probably rejected older cultural traditions…
a. After technological progress made such traditions out of date
b. Because these traditions were contrary to Christianity
c. Under the cultural influence of invading powers
d. After they experienced a change in leadership

2. Why does the author suggest that there are some aspects of Axumite culture about which we know very little? Support your answer with details from the passage.

3. Which of the following statements is true?

a. Pre-Christian Axumite culture began to vanish sometime after the mid fourth century AD
b. The culture of Axum flourished for over 1,000 years
c. Although Axum’s pre-Christian literary tradition was lost, its pre-Christian art has survived
d. Axum’s kings built huge stelae inscribed with passages from the Qur’an

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