ACT Reading Practice Test 67: Prose Fiction - Silence: A Story of Courage and Healing

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. Which of the following best describes the structure of the passage?

A. A dialogue between two people in which both relate their reasons for travel in an almost equal amount of detail.
B. An account of the narrator's perspective of meeting a life-changing new person for the first time.
C. A character sketch of two people as related by a narrator who knows both of them and their thoughts.
D. A detailed discussion of the narrator's community service projects accompanied by a description one of the people she helped.

2. Based on the passage, which of the following statements best describes the overall attitude of the narrator towards the boy?

F. The boy's quiet, composed behavior challenges the narrator and makes her initially uncomfortable.
G. The boy's aggressive behavior frightens the narrator and makes her angry.
H. The boy's friendly demeanor relaxes the narrator and makes her more thoughtful.
J. The boy's apathy provokes the narrator and makes her wistful, longing for the quiet days of her youth.

3. It can reasonably be inferred from the passage that the narrator had been raised with which of the following attitudes towards silence?

A. It is pleasant and calming.
B. It is positive and reaffirming.
C. It is dangerous and threatening.
D. It is empty and ominous.

4. According to the narrator, silence is usually characterized by:

F. forgiveness.
G. absence.
H. injustice.
J. innocence.

5. In relation to the first paragraph's earlier description of silence, the narrator's comments in lines 6–8 primarily serve to:

A. reveal how silence heals a person.
B. explain how silence can actually be a positive force.
C. clarify why the narrator distrusts silence.
D. suggest that silence is quite overrated.

6. Which of the following statements about the people on the bus is best supported by the passage?

F. The bus is filled with fascinating people, most of whom you see on every bus ride.
G. People who ride the bus are always quiet.
H. You might never see the same people on any given bus ride.
J. People who take the bus are dull and uninteresting.

7. According to the passage, the main reason the narrator decided to go to the YMCA was that:

A. her university required community service credits.
B. she liked to swim.
C. she was looking for a new job working with children.
D. she was exploring her new town.

8. Based on the narrator's account, the boy, Jaime, is best described as:

F. sleepy, yet hostile.
G. bored and antagonistic.
H. outgoing and friendly.
J. aware, yet shy.

9. As it is used in line 15, the word parameters most nearly means:

A. requirements.
B. variables.
C. limitations.
D. attributes.

10. In the passage, the narrator describes her cheery voice as sounding out of place most likely because:

F. the bus was silent; most of the other passengers were asleep or lost in their own thoughts.
G. the bus was noisy; most of the other passengers were loudly talking to their neighbors.
H. the bus was noisy; most of the other passengers were arguing with their neighbors.
J. the bus was silent; most of the other passengers were watching a scene on the street.