ACT reading practice test 3

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.


HUMANITIES: The following passage is adapted from the article "Conquering Jazz" by Patrick Tyrrell (© 2006 by Patrick Tyrrell).

1. Which chord, if any, does the author eventually conclude is the most confusing jazz chord to play?

A. The passage does not indicate any such chord.
B. C-sharp diminished
C. Major sevenths
D. F-sharp minor-7 flat-5

2. As it is used in line 47, "magician's secrets" most nearly means:

F. information on how to play jazz.
G. forbidden bits of knowledge.
H. instances of harmless trickery.
J. the true nature of a private person.

3. As portrayed by the author, Victor responds to the author's invented chord with what is best described as:

A. amazement.
B. jealousy.
C. confusion.
D. nonchalance.

4. The author states that "The Real Book" was something he explored for a few:

F. years.
G. months.
H. weeks.
J. days.

5. The details in lines 40-44 primarily serve to suggest the:

A. aspects of jazz's complexity that more mature listeners enjoy.
B. lack of depth and detail found in rock and classical music.
C. confusion and awkwardness of standard jazz chord values.
D. unpleasantly bitter taste of candy that develops with age.

6. In the context of the passage, the author's statement in lines 68-71 most nearly means that:

F. he was so overworked that his hands could still move, but his thoughts were turned off.
G. he had accidentally trained his hands to resist being controlled by his brain.
H. it was easier to decode the exotic jazz chords by pointing at them with his hands.
J. his hand was capable of playing music that his mind was incapable of fully comprehending.

7. The author implies that F-sharp minor-7 flat-5 is an example of a chord that he:

A. had little trouble decoding now that he had "The Real Book."
B. had previously only seen during his travels abroad.
C. knew how to play on guitar but not on a piano.
D. initially found confusing and struggled to understand.

8. The passage supports which one of the following conclusions about Victor?

F. He played music with the author until the author turned 30 years old.
G. He gave his copy of "The Real Book" to the author as a gift.
H. He was at one time a member of multiple musical groups.
J. He invented a chord and named it C-sharp diminished.

9. The passage is best described as being told from the point of view of someone who is:

A. reviewing the chain of events that led to his career in jazz.
B. discussing reasons why jazz is less complicated than it seems.
C. relating his impressions of jazz music and his attempts to play it.
D. highlighting an important friendship that he had in college.

10. Assessing his early and later experiences with "The Real Book," the author most strongly implies that it was:

F. pleasantly strange to begin with but annoyingly familiar by the end.
G. initially difficult to decipher, but ultimately manageable following diligent practice.
H. almost impossible to understand because its pages didn't look like sheets of classical music.
J. very useful as a learning tool, but not useful for more profound study.