What is the purpose of Main Point Questions?
They ask you to summarize the author's point of view
What type of questions are Main Point Questions (what family type are they part of?)
They are part of the first family model; the answer you select must follow from the information in the stimulus.
It must 1) follow from the stimulus and 2) capture the MAIN POINT of the author
How should you approach Main Point Questions?
Always determine the Conclusion when reading the stimulus; the conclusion will be the author's main point!
In other words, the correct answer will be a rephrasing of the conclusion
Questions stem format for Main Point Questions
- Which one of the following most accurately expresses the main conclusion of the argument
- Which one of the following most accurately expresses the conclusion of the journalist's argument?
- Which one of the following most accurately restates the main point of the passage?
Types of incorrect answers for Main Point Questions
1) Answers that are true but do not encapsulate the author's point;
2) Answers that repeats PREMISES of the argument
Tips on Main Point Fill in the Blank Questions
- The placement of the blank in the stimulus is always at the very end of the stimulus and will follow a conclusion indicator
- Read the stimulus for clues revealing the direction of the argument and the author's intent
- Supply the Conclusion!