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Order of Importance in Reading: Reading Comprehension Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 24, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Order of Importance in Reading: Reading Comprehension Review Study Guide

PRACTICE

Read the passage and answer the questions that follow.

When you're at the beach, it's best to swim only when there's a lifeguard on duty. First of all, lifeguards can be good resources. So, if you and your family or friends have any questions or concerns about any water safety issues, a lifeguard could provide you with the answers you need. Also, lifeguards are more aware than the average swimmer of what the conditions of the ocean are at any given time. They might determine that the undercurrent is too strong to swim. In this way, lifeguards can help ensure that your swim in the ocean is a safe one. Most importantly, it's best to swim only when a lifeguard is on duty, because if you should end up needing rescuing or CPR, then a lifeguard is there to help.
  1. Identify the three reasons why it's best to swim only when there's a lifeguard on duty.
  2. In what order are the reasons presented?
  3. Which reason is most important?
  4. How can you tell that this is the most important reason?
  5. Where in the passage is the most important reason stated?
  6. What writing structure is represented here?
  7. Why do you think the author chose this particular type of structure?

ANSWERS

  1. Three reasons why it's best to swim only when there's a lifeguard on duty are:
    1. Lifeguards are good resources.
    2. Lifeguards are more aware of swimming conditions.
    3. A lifeguard could be a lifesaver.
  2. This is the order in which the reasons are presented:
    1. Lifeguards are good resources.
    2. Lifeguards are more aware of swimming conditions.
    3. A lifeguard could be a lifesaver.
  3. The most important reason is that a lifeguard could save your life.
  4. You can tell that this is the most important reason because it follows the phrase most importantly.
  5. The most important reason is the last reason stated.
  6. The text structure is least important most important.
  7. The author probably chose this text structure because the most important reason makes an impact at the end. The author may think readers are already aware of the most important reason because it's well known. So, starting with lesser-known reasons might make readers keep reading.
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