ACT reading practice test 11

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: This passage is adapted from the memoir Who I Was to Become by Arnold C. Tiepolo (? 2008 by Arnold Tiepolo).

1. The word vacuum in line 17 refers to:

A. thorough cleanliness.
B. absence of environmental context.
C. a person's subconscious.
D. a large opportunity cost.

2. Which of the following best describes how the author uses the reference to yin and yang (line 39)?

F. It provides an instance of the name-calling that the author and his best friend endured from peers who did not understand their close friendship.
G. It demonstrates the author's friend's interest in Eastern mysticism as opposed to the author's primary interest in economics.
H. It is analogous to the close bond between the narrator and his friend who are often seen as two parts that form a larger whole.
J. It is analogous to the ways people waver between choices in their lives and will at times have one profession but wish they had chosen another.

3. The passage states that one of the author's brothers is currently a:

A. novelist.
B. pianist.
C. real estate mogul.
D. physician.

4. In the passage, the author refers to having considered becoming all of the following things in his adult life EXCEPT:

F. a parent.
G. a lawyer.
H. a journalist.
J. an astrophysicist.

5. As it is used in the passage, the term gimmick (line 66) represents:

A. a means of defining one's individuality.
B. the way advertisers trick people into wanting unnecessary products.
C. what makes people living in the United States unique.
D. an entrepreneurial venture chosen without sufficient forethought.

6. The author would most likely agree with which of the following statements about "opportunity cost" and "comparative advantage" mentioned in the first paragraph?

F. They are the central claims of any modern economic theory and are the cornerstones of any class in the subject.
G. They were instrumental in the author's various decisions in life, particularly his decision to open a barber shop.
H. They are so useful because they can be applied without reference to any surrounding context.
J. They are ideas from economics that may also be useful in considering topics other than economics.

7. The "we" in line 86 is most likely:

A. the author and his brothers.
B. the author and other Americans.
C. the author and his best friend.
D. the author and his alternate visions of himself.

8. Based on the passage, the author most likely began playing piano when he was:

F. younger than eight years old.
G. eight years old.
H. nine years old.
J. in high school.

9. Which one of the following would the author most likely see as an example of oversimplifying others by "acknowledging only what we currently see them doing" (lines 89-90)?

A. Assuming a physician wants to be a writer or poet.
B. Assuming a lawyer only pretends to like his or her job.
C. Assuming a mathematician is good only at math.
D. Assuming a politician no longer wants to be a politician.

10. Which of the following statements about the author and his siblings is supported by the passage?

F. They would stay up all night filming and watching movies in an attempt to spend less time communicating with each other directly.
G. Every hobby one of them chose was ruined by another encroaching upon it, and they soon abandoned most things they started.
H. They drew straws to see who would pursue what career, allowing the career of each to be determined completely by chance.
J. Although very similar, they sought to differentiate themselves from each other by choosing different careers.