ACT reading practice test 21

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 "Ruby" by Tristan Ivory (©2007 by Tristan Ivory).

1. The narrator's point of view can most correctly be described as that of an adult:

A. remembering the events that brought a particular place into existence.
B. analyzing how different his current life is from how things were when he was younger.
C. thinking about the qualities of his grandmother and her restaurant that made her well-respected in the community.
D. curious as to how many people's lives were positively impacted by his grandmother and her diner.

2. One of the main purposes of the first part of the passage (lines 1-27) is to:

F. explain how Ruby got the money to pay for the diner and her eventual success in paying off her debts.
G. state that the diner had taken its name from the narrator's grandmother although many of the locals called it by different names.
H. explain how Ruby was able to become the most important person in Franklin and that her restaurant was the best place for visitors to the city.
J. introduce the primary setting of the story and to describe a central character.

3. Based on the narrator's characterization, Ruby Sanders would best be described as:

A. always at the diner, though she often preferred to be absent.
B. the main force holding the diner and its employees together.
C. carefree, particularly when it came to hearing humorous stories.
D. the only woman the narrator had ever respected.

4. Information in the last paragraph most strongly suggests that the narrator felt his last summer at the diner to be:

F. disappointing because he didn't know it would be his last.
G. something he was forced to do when he would rather have been playing football.
H. pleasant although he did not know it would be his last.
J. exhausting because of all his new responsibilities.

5. According to the narrator, working at Ruby's Diner was:

A. easy but tedious.
B. difficult but enjoyable.
C. hard and monotonous.
D. unpredictable and overwhelming.

6. According to the narrator, his grandmother was like the diner in that she had:

F. a position of high standing within the community at large.
G. a desire to make all people feel comfortable no matter who they were.
H. an ability to make money within the community.
J. a refusal to settle for anything but the best.

7. The statement in lines 44-45 most strongly suggests that the Downhome Diner:

A. served the community in ways beyond simple dining.
B. was the most significant place within Robertson County.
C. gave the people who worked there great importance in Robertson County.
D. was a place where the waiting times were often unpredictable.

8. The narrator describes Ruby's Downhome Diner as providing all of the following EXCEPT:

F. cooking classes.
G. football leagues.
H. wedding cakes.
J. corn pone.

9. The passage indicates that one of the ways in which the narrator was familiar with Ruby's Downhome Diner was shown by his:

A. ability to teach the cooking classes held on the premises.
B. awareness of the habits of visitors to Robertson County.
C. detailed memory of the layout of the kitchen and the restaurant.
D. unwillingness to leave at the end of each summer before his return to school.

10. According to the narrator, which of the following most accurately represents the reason he was able to forget the summer activities outside while working at his grandmother's restaurant?

F. His tips and wages helped to contribute to his college tuition.
G. His grandmother's restaurant was chronically understaffed.
H. It helped him to gain stature in and around the community.
J. He admired his grandmother's strength.