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Reading Comprehension: Main Idea Questions

The main purpose of the passage is to

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The author tells us in the first paragraph that Native American cultural expressions must be viewed within their original cultural context. He or she then gives two examples of specific cultural expressions within their cultural contexts.

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This answer choice is too broad/general. The passage focuses on certain expressions of Native American culture and their specific contexts.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too narrow/specific. The author interprets specific cultural expressions only in the second and third paragraphs.

Incorrect.

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The differences between Native American and European cultures are mentioned only in the first paragraph, and the second and third paragraphs discuss Native American cultural expressions without any reference to European culture.

Incorrect.

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The passage focuses on Native American cultural expressions and their culturally specific forms without mentioning or implying any broad or universal applications.

use specific Native American cultural expressions to highlight the differences between Native American and European cultures
show that Native American cultural expressions convey universal ideas in a culturally specific form
show the importance of cultural contexts when examining expressions of Native American culture
interpret Native American jokes and basketmaking processes
help a cultural outsider understand Native American culture