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Ancient China- Determining the Main Idea: Daoism During the Han Period- Wksht

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Determining the Main Idea:
Daoism During the Han Period Worksheet

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. Why does the author explain that Daoism claimed that the body could be preserved and life prolonged through various techniques?
a. To help explain Daoism’s appeal and importance during the Han period
b. To convince readers of Daoism’s standings as a religion
c. To show how Daoism differed from Confucianism
d. To counter criticism of Daoism

2. Which sentence BEST expresses the main idea of the passage?
a. Confucianism and Daoism are the most important of China’s religions
b. Popular movements always play a major role in the rise of religious ideas
c. Daoism was an important influence throughout the Han period
d. Confucianism was more popular that Daoism during the Han period

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