ACT reading practice test 15

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 excerpted from the article "The Road to Reconciliation" by Patsky Irktour (? 2006 by The Ames Iowan)."

1. Which of the following best characterizes the narrator's initial childhood feelings toward Mexican art?

A. It was familiar and thus lacking in interest.
B. It was primitive and used too many geometric designs.
C. It symbolized the only form of "true art."
D. Because it reminded her of home, it was beloved.

2. In the second paragraph (lines 12-24), the parents' response to their daughter's gifts of prints can best be described as:

F. grateful.
G. tolerant.
H. horrified.
J. perplexed.

3. The narrator's point of view in this passage could best be described as:

A. a grown woman reflecting on her past experience.
B. a child describing her first encounter with Mexican art.
C. an artist explaining the process of creation.
D. a parent fondly recalling a child's mistaken beliefs.

4. When the narrator states that she "saw [her] parents' collection as almost shameful" (lines 20-21), she most nearly means that she:

F. felt that her parents were unable to afford high quality art.
G. would feel uncomfortable inviting her college friends home to visit.
H. believed that her parents' art was inferior to the art she studied at school.
J. could not understand why her parents chose to display any art.

5. As it is used in line 47, the word victorious most nearly means:

A. conquering.
B. aggressive.
C. winning.
D. successful.

6. Which of the following is the most accurate description of the emotional transition experienced by the narrator in the passage?

F. A young artist moves away from the more familiar art of her heritage and comes to appreciate art produced by other groups.
G. A student moves from dismissing the art with which she grew up to eventually appreciating its merits.
H. The narrator recognizes the superiority of her cultural heritage and rejects the European tradition she had previously studied.
J. An art student decides to pursue her career as a traditional Mexican artist after she visits an art studio in Mexico.

7. The old man in the studio is portrayed as:

A. skilled yet uneducated.
B. focused and talented.
C. insightful but rude.
D. hesitant and forgetful.

8. As it is used in line 66, the phrase "launched himself at the canvas" most nearly means to:

F. attack the piece of artwork.
G. paint without skill.
H. paint more actively.
J. hesitate momentarily.

9. It can most reasonably be inferred that the narrator's decision not to speak to the painter (lines 72-74) is due to:

A. her fear that the painter will be unwilling to respond to her questions.
B. the painter's own silence during the time that he is painting.
C. a feeling of honor and respect for the painter's talent.
D. her pride that she is more familiar with "true art" than the painter.

10. The sixth and last paragraphs (lines 51-78) most nearly indicate that after her experience watching the painter, the narrator is:

F. condescending yet curious.
G. bored yet tolerant.
H. humbled and respectful.
J. annoyed and offended.