ACT Reading Practice Test 55: 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 Oklahoma Sunrise by Jack Elwyn Prouty (©2007 Jack Elwyn Prouty).







1. Which of the following statements best expresses Rebecca's feelings during her visit to the fields, as expressed in lines 1–42 ?

A. Overjoyed by the idea of ownership
B. Connected with the land and her heritage
C. Dismayed by her looming financial problems
D. Exhausted and frustrated from hard work

2. The word that in line 28 most directly refers to:

F. someday, she would return (lines 31? 32).
G. far away from the soil (lines 26–27).
H. it would move on once it had ascertained that she was no flower (lines 48–49).
J. sometimes one bad year will follow another (lines 24–25).

3. The main purpose of the information in lines 30–42 is to explain why Rebecca believes that the land is:

A. her rightful heritage, passed down through her family, whose hard work forms the foundation for her claim.
B. an entity unto itself, alive and free, and beyond the control of anyone.
C. not worth the trouble that she and her predecessors have gone to in an attempt to claim it.
D. beautiful, whether wild or cultivated, and filled with creatures that create a harmonious whole.

4. In the first four paragraphs (lines 1–42), the narrator describes all of the following aspects of Rebecca's surroundings EXCEPT the:

F. different scents in the evening air.
G. feel of freshly plowed earth.
H. reason her family had left the area.
J. best time of day to visit the fields.

5. The passage can best be described as a fictional depiction of a woman's impression of the land that:

A. uses rich, suggestive detail to show that the land is a vital and cherished component of her personal life and family heritage.
B. reveals a painful family history and explains why her ancestors had opted to give up all claims on the land.
C. offers metaphors and similes to convey a deeper meaning than the one suggested by the events narrated in the story.
D. explains exactly how one family can lose everything due to circumstances beyond the control of its members.

6. The narrator's statement in lines 62–63 ("Without the former, she could never face the latter) most directly refers back to Rebecca's:

F. opinion about different times of the day and how that changes the atmosphere (lines 15–21).
G. concern about the bee described in the fifth paragraph (lines 43–51).
H. anxiety over financial matters being outweighed by her love of the land (lines 54–61).
J. enjoyment of the scents described in the second paragraph (lines 3–14).

7. One of the main purposes of the last two paragraphs (lines 52–71) is for the narrator to describe Rebecca's attitude towards the land in a way that:

A. explains the importance of the stranger's land that is mentioned previously in the passage.
B. purposefully identifies the mistakes made by Rebecca's parents, referenced earlier in the passage, which Rebecca cannot correct.
C. deepens the reader's understanding of the challenges and rewards the land presents to Rebecca.
D. invites the reader to draw a parallel between Rebecca and the land itself and perhaps the reader as well.

8. The point of view from which the passage is told can best be described as that of a narrator who:

F. is aware of what Rebecca is thinking and feeling.
G. suspects that Rebecca is not sincere in her plans.
H. is personally involved in the events being described.
J. is Rebecca's close relative who didn't move.

9. As it is used in line 34, the word wild most nearly means:

A. unconquerable.
B. unrestrained.
C. uncultivated.
D. irrepressible.

10. When Rebecca realized that "a bee landed on her cheek" (line 46), her first response is to:

F. brush it away from her face.
G. worry that it might sting her.
H. hope that it will fly away.
J. flinch, then try not to respond.