ACT Reading Practice Test 59: Prose Fiction - Extreme Dad

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.

1. The passage establishes that the narrator and his father have all of the following traits in common EXCEPT:

A. an innate desire for danger.
B. a taste for exhilarating activities.
C. a pleasant attitude toward others.
D. an awareness of the fun that boys like to have.

2. Which of the following is NOT an accurate description of the passage?

F. A story about boys who endeavor to perform stunts and are helped by a professional.
G. A glimpse at one boy's change from being hesitant about to being proud of his father's occupation.
H. A look at how a group of boys had a great time, despite some early misgivings.
J. A portrait of a boy struggling to overcome the popularity of his father.

3. In both the first paragraph (lines 1–12) and the second paragraph (lines 13–23) the author is portraying a narrator who:

A. feels compelled to act differently from his father to avoid earning his negative reputation.
B. acts without caution in dangerous situations.
C. hesitates to include his father in activities involving his friends.
D. loathes the reputation that precedes his father.

4. At the time of writing the story, the narrator is:

F. an adult reflecting on a difficult period he had as a youth.
G. a youth describing an example of the adventures he has with his father.
H. an adolescent analyzing how his father embarrasses him.
J. an adult reminiscing fondly about a childhood memory.

5. The passage states that the narrator had to cope with his father's reputation as:

A. famously daring and socially engaging.
B. severe and unyielding to the narrator's wishes.
C. incorrigibly unmindful of the narrator and the narrator's friends' activities in the neighborhood.
D. prone to reckless stunts and outlandish behavior.

6. Which of the following statements best describes the way the fourth paragraph (lines 38–45) functions in the passage as a whole?

F. It reveals the reason for the narrator's qualms about asking his father for help, as expressed in the second paragraph.
G. It details the mundane task of shopping for materials, which includes waiting for lumber to be cut and finding the appropriate hardware.
H. It shows the reader that as the plan to build the rappelling platform was moving forward, the narrator was warming to it.
J. It divides the passage into two parts, one about the narrator's relationship with his father and the other about tree climbing and rappelling.

7. The statement eventually my father's reputation caught up with me (lines 17–18) functions in the passage to support the narrator's view that:

A. his father's lifestyle made keeping boyhood friends difficult.
B. his father's unusual career pulled him into uncommon adventures.
C. his friends would have stopped building ramps if his father was not a stunt performer.
D. his father disapproved of untrained boys performing stunts on bikes and skates.

8. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage as a whole that the narrator views his father's reputation as one that developed:

F. to a degree that was exceptional even in the Hollywood stunt community, but not in his residential neighborhood.
G. to a degree that was common among all professionals in the area and, therefore, unremarkable.
H. to a lesser degree than those of the narrator's friends' fathers, in spite of a clear status disparity between his family and theirs.
J. to a degree that was based on his years of performing film stunts professionally, establishing his popularity with neighborhood youth.

9. As it is used in line 54, rigging most nearly means:

A. platform bracing.
B. branch trimming.
C. nuts and bolts.
D. rope system.

10. The narrator can most accurately be characterized as:

F. anxious and uncertain.
G. level-headed but fun-loving.
H. strong-willed but compassionate.
J. creative and enthusiastic.