ACT reading practice test 17

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 short story "Into the Past" by Amanda C. Thomas (? 2004 by Amanda C. Thomas).

1. The narrator's imaginative way of viewing her surroundings is best demonstrated in her description of the:

A. farmhouse.
B. hens in the chicken coop.
C. way Aunt Millie braids her hair.
D. way the earth smelled.

2. It can most reasonably be inferred from the passage that the narrator:

F. thinks New York City is superior to the farm.
G. has never visited Uncle Desmond and Aunt Millie's farm before.
H. sees the visit to the farm as the most important event in her life.
J. loves her Aunt Millie more than her mother.

3. The narrator's use of sensory details, such as the feel of the hen's feathers and the taste of the grass stems, most strongly suggests that:

A. trauma in her childhood made her unable to speak to anyone other than her brother Kiran.
B. the unfamiliarity of life outside New York makes her more aware of her physical surroundings on the farm.
C. because she is shy around her extended family, she is more perceptive than her brother Kiran is.
D. her closeness with Aunt Millie shows her how to appreciate changes in her new environment.

4. In line 35 the narrator describes Aunt Millie as "blurred," which most nearly suggests that:

F. unlike the narrator's mother, Aunt Millie doesn't have sharp features and sophisticated clothing.
G. Aunt Millie is older than the narrator's mother, so she has a bad memory and forgets things.
H. Essie doesn't see well because she often reads books under her bedcovers.
J. Aunt Millie doesn't have as distinctive a personality as the narrator's mother does.

5. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that the narrator views life on the farm as:

A. requiring a great deal of hard work that is not appreciated by her aunt and uncle.
B. an escape from the difficulties of living in impoverished, restrictive conditions in New York City.
C. a place where daily chores, even those that require that the narrator wake up early, can be enjoyable and satisfying.
D. a place where the physical nature of the local recreational activities are more suited to boys than to girls.

6. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that which of the following events happened first in the narrator's life?

F. She learned to collect eggs from the henhouse.
G. She met her Aunt Millie and Uncle Desmond.
H. She visited North Carolina for the first time.
J. She lived in New York City.

7. As depicted in the ninth paragraph (lines 71-80), the relationship between the narrator and Aunt Millie is best described by which of the following statements?

A. Aunt Millie feels close to the narrator, as shown in the way she puts aside other tasks to braid and condition Essie's hair.
B. Aunt Millie feels emotionally cut off from the narrator because of the young girl's city manners.
C. Aunt Millie loves the narrator in spite of their different ways of seeing the world.
D. Aunt Millie is indifferent toward the narrator, seeing her as another part of her daily work.

8. Which of the following statements most nearly captures the sentiment behind the narrator's comment that the food at the farm house tastes like it is "from somewhere" (line 49)?

F. The food tasted just like the food I had in New York.
G. The food tasted fresh from the fields, instead of from a supermarket.
H. The food tasted like no other food that I had ever tasted.
J. The food tasted strongly of the rich soil that Uncle Desmond tilled.

9. Details in the second paragraph (lines 11-17) most strongly suggest that the narrator's mother:

A. hopes her children will have a good time on the farm, enjoying their summer vacation before school starts again.
B. feels saddened by the children's departure and will miss them while they're away.
C. believes that life on the farm will teach them the self-discipline they need to survive in the city.
D. is afraid for them during the long bus ride and hopes the children will not speak to strangers.

10. Which of the following statements about why the narrator and Kiran will spend the summer on the farm is supported by the passage?

F. The narrator is weak and sickly, needing the fresh air of the farm to recover her health.
G. Aunt Millie and Uncle Desmond will teach the children valuable work skills.
H. The narrator and Kiran wanted to develop a relationship with their cousins.
J. The children's mother worried about leaving them alone while she worked.