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Reading Comprehension: Main Idea Questions

Which of the following best states the main idea of the passage?

Incorrect.

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The first sentence of the second paragraph states that the industry must turn its attention towards its online product, which implies that it is not doing so at the moment; however, this answer choice claims that the industry is already focused on online news.

Incorrect.

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Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too broad. The passage advocates a specific manner of change that the author believes will save the newspaper industry.

Incorrect.

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The passage tells us that newspaper companies have already begun to post news online:

This is not to suggest that newspapers refuse to enter the online market; even most local newspapers have at least some online presence.

Therefore, the author is not concerned with beginning to post news online but with developing this field.

Incorrect.

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This answer choice is too narrow. The financial troubles of newspaper companies are described in the first paragraph.

Very good!

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This answer choice encompasses the topics of both paragraphs: the first paragraph discusses the reasons for the financial woes, or troubles, of the newspaper industry and the second paragraph discusses the possible solution of moving away from printed news and towards better management of online news.

Newspaper companies' focus on online news will serve them well in the long-run and has the potential to solve their financial problems.
The best way to save the newspaper industry is to change the manner by which newspaper companies report the news.
One method of lifting the falling revenues of newspaper companies is to begin posting the news online instead of printing it in newspapers.
The financial troubles of newspaper companies come from the speed with which news is posted on the internet and the fact that, in this venue, news is free.
A possible solution to the financial woes of the newspaper industry caused by online competition requires more investment in online news and less investment in newspapers.