40+ Summary Writing Exercises for High School Students

This post is the beginning of my ambitious project to give you lots of summary writing exercises suitable for Senior High School students and teachers. Your constant practice with these summary writing exercises will prepare you sufficiently for any senior high school level English summary test.

Are you preparing for an IGCSE, WAEC, NECO or JAMB summary test? This broad selection of passages covering a wide range of topics will be of great assistance to you.

Find passages on hiring a car accident attorney, insurance claims, the film and movies industry, hotels, travel, transportation, and tourism, world football, mortgage, banking and personal loans, technology and software, web hosting, investment and stock trading, cryptocurrency, public health and disease control, blogging, digital publishing and content marketing, e-commerce, distance learning and the internet.

Remember that these are the areas that future summary and comprehension passages for high school level tests are going to come from. They may as well help you with your vocabulary work in the Lexis and Structure section of the English Language syllabus.


For your guidance, I’ve provided recommended answers to each of the summary writing exercises. You should try to answer the questions in your own words after checking these model summary answers

We can now start the summary writing exercises with the first passage. It is about why one needs to hire the services of a personal injury attorney after a car accident.

Summary Exercise 1

Read the following passage on hiring a car insurance attorney carefully and answer the questions that follow.


The decision to hire a car insurance attorney after a car accident has never been an easy one. This is because most car accident victims have little knowledge regarding when it is necessary to hire the services of a lawyer after a car accident.

According to AllLaw.com, one of the most respected legal advice websites in the US, there are very good reasons to hire a a car insurance attorney after a car accident. They insist that allowing an attorney to be in charge of your legal battles with insurance companies and other stakeholders can be the smartest move after you suffered an automobile accident.

Usually, car accidents involving serious or long-term injuries require an attorney to get the most desirable outcome. For this reason, having an experienced and articulate advocate working for you is essential in obtaining a reasonable and fair resolution in your car accident case.

An automobile accident brings with it a host of questions. Who is at fault? Who pays for damage to my car? Who will pay for my medical bills? How much should I get for pain and suffering? Can I ask the insurance company to reimburse me for lost wages? An experienced injury attorney can be extremely helpful in negotiating the often chaotic and confusing world of insurance claims and settlements.

Because most injury attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, and only get paid if there is a successful resolution to your claim, there is often little incentive to try to handle these types of claims on your own, unless no injuries or serious damage were involved and a settlement would be very small. If you’re injured in a car accident, then hiring a lawyer will almost always ensure a much better settlement.

Hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you after a car accident means you will have a professional working for you — one who is extremely knowledgeable about the relevant laws and procedural rules that may affect your case.

A car insurance attorney can advise you of any time limits (called statutes of limitations) that can bar you from filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. For instance, in many states you must file your lawsuit within two years of your car accident or be forever prohibited from filing your lawsuit. An attorney will also be able to inform you about any special exceptions to the statute of limitations — for minors, for example.

Your personal injury attorney can file a lawsuit on your behalf and will know how best to mitigate any possible defenses raised by the other side. In addition, once your case gets under way, your lawyer will play an invaluable role in preparing your case for trial — and even going to trial if your case doesn’t settle.

Even though a lawsuit is rarely necessary, the threat of legal action offers strong leverage when negotiating a fair settlement.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, hiring a car insurance attorney who is knowledgeable about the law evens the playing field, especially when you are going up against the experience and vast resources of a large insurance company.

There is a lot of work that goes into negotiating an insurance settlement and trying a personal injury lawsuit. After you have been in a car accident, taking on this time-consuming work may be the last thing you want to do, assuming you’re able. An attorney can do it all for you.

Whereas this may be your first time dealing with the ins and outs of an accident claim, injury attorneys have dealt with all manner of claims and a variety of insurance companies. They have experience obtaining the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gathering police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment and lost wage information.

Your personal injury attorney will also be able to organize the evidence and prepare a settlement demand letter for the insurance company. If you are unable to settle your accident case, your attorney can take care of filing the necessary paperwork to start a court case and can deal with the defense attorneys on your behalf. Having someone knowledgeable handling the hard work of your case eases the burden on you, which is especially important if you have been seriously injured and are trying to recover from your injuries.

Perhaps the most important way a car insurance attorney can help you with your car accident case is by being your advocate. This means that your attorney acts on your behalf and for your benefit throughout the entire claims process (negotiating with the automobile insurance company) and even in court if a lawsuit becomes necessary. He or she will be your champion before the judge, jury and other attorneys, making sure that your side of the story is heard and that you are compensated for all of your losses.

Questions and Answers #1

a. In one sentence, state the reason why the writer thinks it should not be difficult to hire an injury attorney after an accident.

ANS. The client pays the attorney only after a succesful completion of the case.

b. In two sentences, summarize two qualities of a personal injury attorney that can benefit their clients.

ANS. i. A personal injury attorney is knowledgeable about the law. ii. He has a good deal of experience.

c. In one sentence, state when it is most necessary to allow an attorney to do the difficult legal tasks following a car accident.

ANS. This is when the accident victim is seriously injured.

d. In two sentences, state the two main functions that an attorney performs with institutions as an advocate for his client.


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