ACT reading practice test 5

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: The following passage is excerpted from the coming-of-age novel The Year of the Unicorn by Krista Prouty (©2008 by Krista Prouty).

1. Which of the following statements does NOT describe one of the narrator's reactions to her Christmas gift?

A. She is devastated by the realization that the other children at school will not be impressed by this gift.
B. She wishes that her parents had bought her a real Barbie Dream House instead of a handmade one.
C. She despises the house for its old-fashioned appearance and lack of modern conveniences, such as an elevator.
D. She appreciates all the effort her father went to in order to give her this gift and tries to convey a sense of gratitude.

2. According to the passage, when the narrator smells coffee on Christmas morning, it means that:

F. her parents are ready to proceed with the Christmas festivities.
G. she and her sister should hurry to the kitchen for breakfast.
H. her father has finally finished preparing her Christmas gift.
J. it is time to burst into the living room in front of her parents.

3. The narrator would most likely agree with which of the following statements about owning a Barbie Dream House?

A. She would become a princess able to bestow largesse on other children.
B. She would, at least for the moment, be content with her life.
C. It would allow her to appreciate her parents' hard work and sacrifices.
D. She would then be able to pass it on to her own children someday.

4. What is the main point of the first paragraph?

F. The smell of coffee still reminds the narrator of the Christmases of her childhood.
G. The narrator's family had a specific ritual that was followed every Christmas morning.
H. Most years, the narrator and her sister would hurl themselves into their gifts without warning.
J. The narrator had once desperately wanted a pink and silver bicycle.

5. Which of the following statements most accurately expresses the narrator's feelings when she first sees the gift that her father made for her?

A. She is disappointed that it is not the exact gift that she had hoped to receive.
B. She gratefully acknowledges the long hours her father must have put into the gift.
C. She admires the traditional architecture of the house and its attractive wallpaper.
D. She looks forward to showing her new house off to all of the other girls at school.

6. The narrator's father can most accurately be characterized as:

F. ignorant and cruel.
G. thoughtful but lazy.
H. concerned and hard-working.
J. caring but inaccessible.

7. It can logically be inferred from the passage that the reason the narrator was not given the official Barbie Dream House for Christmas is because:

A. it is too costly a gift for her parents to buy that year.
B. she had already been given the pink and silver bicycle that she wanted.
C. her father had always wanted to make his daughter a dollhouse.
D. her parents do not wish for their daughter to be happy.

8. According to the passage, the reason the narrator hopes to someday tell the children the story of her dollhouse is that she:

F. wants them to be able to impress the other children at school as she once did.
G. knows that, by that time, it is likely to be worth a great deal of money.
H. remembers how much she appreciated the gift when it was given to her.
J. hopes that they will be better able to understand the meaning behind the gift than she was.

9. A reasonable conclusion that the narrator draws regarding her dollhouse is that:

A. it is far more beautiful than was the plastic Barbie Dream House that she had initially desired.
B. without an elevator, it is less valuable than it would otherwise have been.
C. it was given to her with the intention that she keep it to pass on to her own children someday.
D. constructing it must have been time-consuming and labor-intensive.

10. The main point of the last paragraph is that:

F. the narrator would have been much happier if she had been given a Barbie Dream House.
G. it is not fair to give one child a long-desired gift and not give the same to another child.
H. the disappointments suffered in childhood affect people well into adulthood.
J. the passage of time can alter the way events from the past are viewed.