ACT Reading Practice Test 51: prose fiction

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 Thick Skinned by Grace McCloud, (©2005 by Grace McCloud). The setting is a forest in Oregon in 1935.













1. As it is used in line 3, the word untainted can reasonably be said to mean all of the following EXCEPT:

A. natural.
B. non-toxic.
C. undistorted.
D. true.

2. The passage does NOT mention which of the following as something that at least one member of the family is doing?

F. Wading in the Wood River
G. Setting up a tent
H. Gathering pine needles
J. Igniting damp wood

3. The narrator describes her father as doing all of the following EXCEPT:

A. sharing his hot cocoa with Myra during past camping excursions.
B. exuding a sense of warmth once the campfire is ignited.
C. describing to Myra a similarity between a river and a human body.
D. helping to gather materials for use with starting the campfire.

4. The point of view from which the passage is told is best described as an adolescent girl who:

F. knows her father only has a limited amount of time left at his job and worries that her life will fall apart once his job ends.
G. hopes that her father's unemployment situation will have the upside of allowing her parents to repair their troubled marriage.
H. realizes that her father's job is in jeopardy but feels like he worries too much about things that are beyond his control.
J. recognizes the possibility of her father's unemployment and speculates about the effects it may have on the family.

5. In order to help light a fire, the passage most strongly suggests that the family has gathered:

A. dry pine needles only.
B. dry pine needles and sticks only.
C. dry pine needles, sticks, and leaves only.
D. dry pine needles, sticks, leaves, and twigs.

6. Which of the following does the narrator NOT directly mention as something seen during the earliest stages of dusk?

F. Shining water
G. Fish
H. Flowers
J. Trees

7. When the narrator's mother hands her husband a sandwich and compliments him on the fire, the narrator reacts to this interaction with a feeling of familiarity that:

A. she often finds depressing.
B. distracts her from the river.
C. she worries will not last.
D. thoroughly comforts her.

8. As it is used in line 33, the word things most precisely refers to the sound of:

F. 4th of July fireworks.
G. water boiling.
H. the campfire fully igniting.
J. the snaps and pops of kindling.

9. As it is used in line 10, the word flooded most nearly means:

A. spilled.
B. devastated.
C. filled.
D. soaked.

10. The narrator's statement in lines 49–51 most nearly means she believes her parents' relationship has:

F. not been the same since the threat of her father losing his job began to put a strain on their marriage.
G. become more stable and predictable than it was in the earlier part of their relationship.
H. degraded into something disease ridden and murky, like a mosquito infested pond.
J. somehow managed to grow more passionate and spontaneous with each passing year.