In the following paragraph, what is the topic sentence and what are the supporting details?Foxes show many catlike features in their behaviors. For example, red foxes and gray foxes show a lateral...

In the following paragraph, what is the topic sentence and what are the supporting details?

Foxes show many catlike features in their behaviors. For example, red foxes and gray foxes show a lateral threat display. A fox threatening with this display stands broadside, arches its back, erects its fur, and then charges broadside at the opponent in a stiff-legged gait. In addition, many of the fox's vocalizations are catlike. Like kittens, fox pups hiss and spit at each other and at disturbances. Adult red foxes exhibit a variety of high-pitched social calls that range from a short mewing cry to a loud, high-pitched alarm scream. However, it is during hunting that the actions of a red fox most closely resemble those of cats.

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The topic sentence of a paragraph is typically found at the start of the paragraph.  This is true here as well.  The topic sentence of this paragraph is the first paragraph.  It makes the claim that foxes and cats are similar.

In order to support this, the author gives us a number of statements that tend to prove that foxes behave in ways similar to how cats behave.  Essentially all of the other sentences in the paragraph support this idea.  You can simply list the other ideas given in the paragraph.  Among these are

  • Both cats and foxes threaten in the same way.
  • Many of their vocalizations are the same.
  • They hunt in similar ways.

If you want, you can list the exact ways in which these are true.  At that point, you will have identified the topic sentence and the supporting facts.

 

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