ACT reading practice test 6

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 T. H. Watkins' The Great Depression (©1993, Little, Brown and Co.; Blackside Inc.).

1. The main idea of the passage is that:

A. the CCC forced unemployed young men to work in the national forests, national parks, and on other federal public lands for no payment or bonus.
B. it was only after President Roosevelt created the CCC that veterans had suitable employment during the Great Depression.
C. research into the history of the New Deal shows that the idea for the CCC came from Congress.
D. among the programs of the New Deal, the CCC employed young men to build public works projects on public lands in return for modest wages, food, clothing, and some education.

2. The main idea of the third paragraph (lines 37-49) is that:

F. President Hoover had dispatched the army to meet with disgruntled veterans, but President Roosevelt sent his wife, Eleanor, to meet with the Bonus Army.
G. when they realized President Roosevelt would not pay the bonus, many veterans abandoned the Bonus Army and accepted his invitation to join the CCC.
H. President Roosevelt supplied shelter and food to the veterans before paying the bonus the veterans demanded.
J. many of the veterans were above the age requirement of the CCC.

3. As it is used in line 7 to describe President Roosevelt, the term tree farmer most nearly means that Roosevelt:

A. had supported his family by growing trees before he entered politics.
B. believed in an agrarian economy over urban industrialization.
C. continued his successful business selling trees while in office.
D. had a great interest in trees and knew a good deal about them.

4. According to the passage, which of the following was a project the CCC performed for the National Park Service?

F. Building fire towers
G. Building campground facilities
H. Installing telephone lines
J. Conducting wildlife surveys

5. According to the passage, which of the following statements is true about the CCC?

A. The agency provided enrollees with academic instruction.
B. The agency provided enrollees with urban job training.
C. The agency accepted only men with six teeth.
D. The agency offered courses in nutrition and self-esteem.

6. Information in the fourth paragraph (lines 50-67) makes it clear that the CCC:

F. was voluntary and therefore did not pay members anything.
G. ran for more years and employed more men than was originally intended.
H. employed 4.1 million men.
J. battled fires in West Virginia, Vermont, and New York.

7. The passage most strongly suggests that before the 1930s, the national forests:

A. received no federal support or aid for projects to clear diseased trees.
B. included land reserved for wildlife refuges.
C. had never undergone a major reforestation campaign.
D. experienced more floods than forest fires.

8. According to the passage, when did the CCC change its name?

F. After President Roosevelt received authorization from Congress.
G. After Congress protested that CCRYRM was too difficult to say.
H. In the same year the size expanded to 500,000 men.
J. After the Bonus Army disbanded.

9. The passage states that the same year the CCC was authorized enrollees had to be:

A. over 78 inches in height.
B. in school.
C. between the ages of seventeen and twenty-seven.
D. between the ages of seventeen and twenty-four.

10. According to the passage, CCC programs in national parks and forests were:

F. conducted far from where the members were fed and housed.
G. under the control of the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior.
H. supervised by the Labor Department.
J. minimum-wage jobs.