ACT Reading Practice Test 57: 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 Legend of Pocahontas by Gehring Chester (©2005 Gehring Chester).







1. The passage's author would most likely agree with which of the following statements about the recent books on Pocahontas?

A. Although none of them is perfect, each adds its own informative perspective on the legend of Pocahontas.
B. The recent books succeed in filling in the gaps that had previously existed in our knowledge of Pocahontas's life.
C. The recent biographies only add to the excess of literature on a subject that is now well understood.
D. The books suffer from a lack of primary sources that ultimately limit their historical usefulness.

2. It can reasonably be inferred that by the mention of "cartwheels" in line 26, the author means to express her:

F. belief that John Smith's account of events is accurate.
G. doubt that Pocahontas was as old as previous accounts have suggested.
H. belief that different viewpoints on historical events can cause confusion.
J. concern that Pocahontas was too young to understand the rescue of John Smith.

3. The author's comments about Townsend's unwillingness to fabricate tales (lines 48–49) about Pocahontas' life most likely indicates that in Townsend's view:

A. those aspects of Pocahontas's life are less important than those that have been documented.
B. historical accuracy is more important than is having a fully detailed but potentially inaccurate biography.
C. the legend of Pocahontas is powerful enough to stand up to scrutiny without additional research.
D. modern scholarship is too prone to rely on the secondary sources compiled by outside observers.

4. The passage indicates that an accurate account of Pocahontas' life would likely include all of the following EXCEPT:

F. an encounter with Smith during her youth.
G. her marriage to Rolfe.
H. a visit to the colonial fort.
J. a romantic relationship with Smith.

5. The passage best supports the conclusion that during her initial encounter with Smith, Pocahontas:

A. was too young to have been involved in rescuing Smith.
B. performed cartwheels as part of a ritual dance and religious ceremony.
C. fell in love with Smith, even though he was significantly older than she was.
D. was a young child who rescued Smith, either literally or ceremonially.

6. According to the passage, which of the following is true about The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History?

F. It was coauthored by a Native American man and woman.
G. It is Custalow's first book.
H. It was applauded by Daniel and Townsend.
J. It is Custalow's second book about Pocahontas.

7. The passage indicates that in an attempt to clarify the legend of Pocahontas, Custalow:

A. questioned a number of tribal elders who had been present during Pocahontas's rescue of Smith.
B. relied on Smith's firsthand accounts of meeting and being rescued by Pocahontas.
C. analyzed a number of written documents held by the Powhatan people, unknown to European scholars.
D. told Pocahontas's story as it has been passed down by the oral tradition of the Powhatan tribe.

8. It can most reasonably be inferred that the passage's author believes that, in a historical biography, the regular appearance of "open speculation" or reference to "the author's theories" (lines 50–54) is:

F. uplifting.
G. unfortunate.
H. intelligent.
J. inevitable.

9. The information in lines 22–30 deals primarily with:

A. evidence for the author's belief that Smith's version of his rescue might not be entirely accurate.
B. an attempt to disprove the commonly held theory that Pocahontas and Smith were romantically involved.
C. the kind of behavior that would have been expected from a Native American girl during the colonial era.
D. the analysis of an incident at the colonial fort during which Pocahontas performed cartwheels.

10. The passage indicates that scholars are still uncertain as to whether Smith:

F. wrote about meeting Pocahontas.
G. was literally rescued by Pocahontas.
H. married Pocahontas.
J. met Pocahontas.