1. Read the introductory paragraph below from an essay on healthy eating. The thesis statement is underlined. Based on this introduction, and especially the thesis statement, what is the most likely purpose of the essay?

From magazine ads to Internet offers to television commercials, we are bombarded with products that promise us better health. Beauty products promise improved skin and hair, vitamins assure increased energy, and countless programs guarantee weight loss. So what is the secret not only to looking and feeling healthier, but actually being healthier? It is not much of a secret. It's what we've been hearing from medical experts for decades: People who want to improve their health must include large amounts of produce in their diets.

A. To argue in favor of a point of view

B. To amuse or entertain the audience

C. To define a term

D. To explain a process

2. Read the thesis statement below from an essay on healthy eating. Then, choose which of the sentences below it would NOT make a good topic sentence for a body paragraph in the essay.

People who want to improve their health must include large amounts of produce in their diets.

A. One of the major differences between unhealthy and healthy diets is the amount of produce contained in the diet.

B. For most people in our society, whether or not to eat healthy foods is a personal choice.

C. The most popular fruit in America is the banana.

D. The USDA recommends specific amounts of fruit and vegetable servings per day, but many people still do not get enough.

3. Read the introductory paragraph below from an essay on healthy eating. The thesis statement is underlined. Based on this introduction, and especially the thesis statement, what is the most likely purpose of the essay?

From magazine ads to Internet offers to television commercials, we are bombarded with products that promise us better health. Beauty products promise improved skin and hair, vitamins assure increased energy, and countless programs guarantee weight loss. So what is the secret not only to looking and feeling healthier, but actually being healthier? It is not much of a secret. It's what we've been hearing from medical experts for decades: People who want to improve their health must include large amounts of produce in their diets.

A. To argue in favor of a point of view

B. To amuse or entertain the audience

C. To define a term

D. To explain a process

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