ACT Reading Practice Test 53: humanities

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 adapted from the article "The Ascension of Reggaeton" by Eric Delgado, (©2008 by Eric Delgado).








1. In the passage, who most directly expresses the idea that fans will respond to criticisms of reggaeton by embracing the music even more?

A. Ethan Perry
B. Felipe Noche
C. Dos Cabezas
D. DJ Playero

2. Viewed in the context of the passage, the words ironic, easily, rare, and simple (lines 35–38), are most likely intended by the speaker to convey a tone of:

F. disparagement.
G. neutrality.
H. puzzlement.
J. admiration.

3. The passage claims that reggaeton solidified itself as a genre:

A. in 2004, when Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" became a massive hit.
B. no earlier than 1991, and sometime in the aftermath of the success of "Dem Bow."
C. during the 1970s and 1980s when Puerto Ricans combined rap with reggae.
D. in the late 1990s when it spread through New York, Miami, and Los Angeles.

4. In describing the Latino youth who listen to and relate to reggaeton, the author characterizes their parents' musical tastes as being:

F. typified by syncopated rhythms and acoustic instruments.
G. primarily centered on simple, recurring musical patterns.
H. characterized by bold, electronic, dancehall sounds.
J. a provocative cocktail of many different Latin styles.

5. Which of the following developments does the passage indicate occurred first chronologically?

A. Shabba Ranks releases his version of Dem Bow.
B. Panamanians combine Spanish rap music with dancehall reggae.
C. Jamaican laborers travel to Panama to help construct the Panama Canal.
D. Daddy Yankee's single Gasolina attains widespread popularity.

6. The passage states that the song Dem Bow was:

F. the last song that Shabba Ranks ever recorded as a dancehall artist.
G. the reason El General became an international success.
H. the first song to ever attempt the signature reggaeton beat.
J. rerecorded by a Panamanian artist in a different language.

7. The quotation in (lines 73–77) most strongly emphasizes the aspects of reggaeton that:

A. make it the toughest style of music to perform.
B. borrow from traditional Japanese forms of music.
C. help it to have such international, universal appeal.
D. cause it to be so popular among Latino youth.

8. The passage identifies early 20th-century Panamanians as being both:

F. increasingly familiar with and fond of Jamaican reggae music.
G. diligent laborers and resentful of foreigners brought in to assist them.
H. impressed by Jamaican music and helpful in teaching them the Spanish language.
J. absorbed with dancehall reggae and undervalued by modern musicologists.

9. The passage devotes the LEAST attention to which of the following topics?

A. The musical structure and characteristics that typify much reggaeton music
B. The specific lyrics of reggaeton songs that some parents and critics find objectionable
C. The areas in the United States in which reggaeton initially rose to prominence
D. The historical roots of reggaeton and the various groups that helped to create it

10. Information and quotations about reggaeton in the passage best support the conclusion that it:

F. is globally popular because it features many different underlying rhythmic structures as well as varied lyrical themes.
G. would probably not have caught on in Miami during the 1990s without a strong Panamanian population there.
H. is frequently characterized by certain musical and lyrical tendencies that are endearing to some listeners but disconcerting to others.
J. was traditionally recorded with acoustic, percussive instruments until "Dem Bow" was released and became popular.