ACT reading practice test 1

DIRECTIONS: Each passage is followed by several questions. After reading a passage, choose the best answer to each question and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. You may refer to the passages as often as necessary.


PROSE FICTION: This passage is adapted from the novel A Well-Worn Jacket by Antonia Duke (© 2008 by Antonia Duke).

1. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that Monique believed the song she chose for her audition:

A. would be the most inspiring Rodgers & Hammerstein number she could choose.
B. was the most sophisticated song in Billie Holiday's repertoire.
C. would likely be more recognizable to Monique's parents than to her friends.
D. would allow Monique to more effectively showcase her enthusiasm.

2. The passage initially portrays Monique and her friends as:

F. concerned and nervous.
G. confused and surprised.
H. friendly and inclusive.
J. aloof and disparaging.

3. According to the narrator, what did Esperanza do prior to singing "The Star Spangled Banner"?

A. Looked only at Mrs. Dominguez
B. Walked confidently up to the stage
C. Watched the other auditions carefully
D. Finished her geometry homework

4. The main purpose of the statement in line 29 is to:

F. inform the reader that students' fears of going first were largely a thing of the past.
G. present reasons for why this year's audition was the strangest yet.
H. suggest that Monique's imagination no longer involved the same imagery.
J. offer a contrast created by Monique's choice of audition slot.

5. It can be reasonably inferred from the passage that Esperanza Solito:

A. was teased more than anyone else at her school.
B. was not sitting near Monique and her friends during the auditions.
C. had her audition immediately after Monique's audition.
D. had previously explained her stage fright to Mrs. Dominguez.

6. According to the passage, Monique figured that volunteering to perform "God Bless the Child" as the first audition of the day would:

F. bolster her confidence in her performance.
G. make the other auditioners feel they could not compete with her.
H. guarantee her a part in the play.
J. impress and charm Mrs. Dominguez.

7. According to the passage, when Esperanza Solito got to the climax of "The Star Spangled Banner," she:

A. raised her voice to emphasize the lines.
B. demonstrated her patriotism.
C. had a sudden bout of nerves.
D. could be heard throughout the auditorium.

8. The passage states that Mrs. Dominguez suspected Esperanza's audition could be:

F. vulnerable to ridicule.
G. one of the most awkward.
H. a special treat.
J. neither surprising nor charming.

9. Which of the following details is used in the passage to describe how Monique and her friends responded to hearing Esperanza's audition?

A. Their decision to sit comfortably behind Mrs. Dominguez
B. Their preconceived notions about Esperanza's voice
C. Their fading facial expressions of mockery
D. Their fondness for patriotic songs

10. The passage most strongly suggests that Esperanza's choice of audition material was:

F. good for a mousy voice.
G. often partly sung with vibrato.
H. an impressive, original choice.
J. something Monique's friends had anticipated.