ACT reading practice test 13

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: This passage is adapted from the novel A Passage to America by Aditi C. Thakur (? 2003 by Aditi Thakur).

1. It can most reasonably be inferred from the passage that the narrator regards her grandmother as:

A. comforting.
B. frightening.
C. foolish.
D. out of touch.

2. The narrator makes clear that she shops for food in the mornings because:

F. that's when the produce arrives at the specialty market.
G. her husband works late at his job in the university lab.
H. the outdoor market is cooler during the morning hours.
J. she used to shop in the mornings when she lived in India.

3. As presented in the passage, how does the narrator's attitude toward living in the U.S. change from when she was a recent arrival until the present day?

A. At first, she was intimidated by unfamiliar surroundings, but she has since learned to blend Indian and American ways.
B. At first, she was excited about the prospect of learning new ways, but she has since become disillusioned by the people she meets.
C. At first, she enjoyed eating out at restaurants with her husband, but she has begun to miss him as he increasingly works late.
D. At first, she is thrilled by the supermarket displays, but she now refuses to leave her apartment.

4. The third paragraph (lines 14-26) primarily emphasizes that the narrator's visit to the supermarket is motivated by the fact that:

F. the narrator and her husband are both suffering from homesickness.
G. groceries are more inexpensive at the supermarket.
H. unlike the specialty market, the supermarket is within walking distance.
J. the narrator can't find the items she needs at the Indian specialty market.

5. When the narrator mentions the location of the produce section of the supermarket (lines 32-33), she is implying that:

A. the produce section has everything she needs to make dinner.
B. she is surprised that the produce section is not centrally located.
C. produce sections in Indian supermarkets are always out in the open.
D. she is surprised to find an imported Indian product there.

6. How can the conversation between the narrator and the supermarket clerk (lines 43-47) best be characterized?

F. The narrator is pleased that the clerk is friendly and able to tell her where to find the items she's looking for.
G. The narrator is shocked and upset by the clerk's hostility toward her.
H. The narrator is annoyed that the clerk knew what she wanted before she asked.
J. The narrator wishes the clerk had been more cooperative instead of being distracted by her clothing.

7. The narrator refers to the supermarket's "fluorescent ceiling bulbs" (line 54) in order to:

A. draw a contrast between the supermarket and the outdoor markets she remembers from India.
B. explain how her perception of the store's offerings had changed.
C. suggest one reason that the supermarket terrified her.
D. describe why she was able to see the fruits and vegetables more clearly.

8. As it is used in line 79, the word unfriendly most nearly suggests that:

F. the narrator thinks that the clerk doesn't want her to buy the curry powder.
G. the narrator considers this curry powder to be different from the curry powder with which she is familiar.
H. the narrator doesn't like the ingredients in the curry powder.
J. the curry powder has been imported from another country.

9. The narrator apparently believes which of the following qualities is shared by the old woman who runs the specialty market and the narrator's grandmother?

A. Frailty
B. Stinginess
C. Sociability
D. Nervousness

10. The narrator indicates that, unlike her grandmother and mother, she:

F. doesn't always spend all day preparing the evening meal.
G. doesn't wear Western-style clothing.
H. mingles easily with people she doesn't know.
J. doesn't like air conditioning.