ACT reading practice test 2

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.


SOCIAL SCIENCE: This passage is adapted from the article "Information Stupor-highway" by Cal Jergenson (© 2005 by Cal Jergenson).

1. The passage states that original users of remote controls likely did all of the following EXCEPT:

A. use more strength pressing the button than is necessary.
B. aim the remote directly at the television.
C. feel instinctively for the desired button.
D. read the names of the buttons carefully.

2. In the passage, the author answers all of the following questions EXCEPT:

F. How do most people think the global climate crisis should be solved?
G. What was the most significant invention of the twentieth century?
H. What idea underlies humanity's tool-making instinct?
J. How do consumer attitudes about new technology change?

3. The descriptions offered by the author in the second paragraph (lines 7-15) are used to illustrate the concept that:

A. consumer behavior toward new forms of technology changes over time.
B. modern humans do not pay enough attention to instructions.
C. the first consumers of new technology used new devices with ease and comfort.
D. remote controls have become far more effective over the years.

4. The principal tone of the passage can best be described as:

F. nostalgic.
G. critical.
H. sympathetic.
J. frightened.

5. As it is used in line 79, the word alien most nearly means:

A. extraterrestrial.
B. repetitive.
C. unusual.
D. hilarious.

6. The author uses the statement "these technological marvels seem like elements of the periodic table" (lines 38-39) most nearly to mean that:

F. children learn technology while they learn chemistry.
G. consumers regard many technological inventions as unremarkable.
H. space exploration gives us most of our technology.
J. consumers complain when modern conveniences break down.

7. The phrase the status quo (line 85) most likely refers to:

A. reexamining the scope and complexity of technology.
B. making sacrifices to combat the global climate crisis.
C. blaming technology for the problems we encounter.
D. our current pattern of lifestyles and consumer habits.

8. One form of consumer behavior the author describes is a discriminating preference for:

F. less realistic video games.
G. needing to understand technology.
H. more powerful computers.
J. wanting to make sacrifices.

9. Among the following quotations from the passage, the one that best summarizes what the author sees as a potential danger is:

A. the shortcomings of any current version of technology (line 54).
B. devising alternative forms of energy (line 64).
C. the complexity of global weather patterns (lines 71-72).
D. our outlook on solving global climate problems (line 59).

10. The last paragraph differs from the first paragraph in that in the last paragraph the author:

F. makes a prediction rather than making an observation.
G. refutes a scientific theory.
H. quotes experts to support his opinions.
J. uses the word "we" instead of "I."