ACT Reading Practice Test 71: Prose Fiction - Moving Day

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 all of the following about Libby EXCEPT that she:

A. is relocating to the Midwest.
B. was excited about the move from the beginning.
C. sometimes prefers hot, sticky air to stale air-conditioning.
D. has just rented a new apartment with her husband, John.

2. According to details in the passage, Libby and John most likely moved into their new apartment:

F. in early winter.
G. in late autumn.
H. in early spring.
J. in late summer.

3. Compared to John's initial attitude towards arriving at their new home, Libby's initial reaction is best described as:

A. contrasting; Libby is less enthusiastic about the move.
B. contrasting; Libby resents moving to Ohio.
C. similar; Libby is excited to begin a new life.
D. similar; Libby enjoys long, cross-country trips.

4. Which of the following best describes Libby's reaction to her first steps into her new home?

F. Total fear.
G. Mild dread.
H. Cautious optimism.
J. Real excitement.

5. According to the passage, John's new workplace is all of the following EXCEPT:

A. ivy-covered brick and stone.
B. squat.
C. industrial-looking.
D. close to John and Libby's apartment.

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

F. A story about the hardships faced by a young married couple in their first home.
G. A glimpse into the lives of two young people as they enter a new phase.
H. A look at how two people with initially divergent viewpoints reach an understanding.
J. A snapshot of a young couple's journey into a new life together.

7. It is most reasonable to infer from the passage that John would agree with which of the following statements about his wife, Libby?

A. Libby is an important government legislator.
B. Libby would never like the apartment.
C. Libby is somewhat vain.
D. Libby hates living in Ohio.

8. As it is used in the twelfth paragraph, the statement, "Looking around the empty apartment, I realized its beige walls were simply a blank canvas waiting for us to fill it" primarily supports which of the following points implied by the passage?

F. John and Libby will need to work hard to make their new life exciting.
G. John and Libby are starting a new life together filled with exciting potential.
H. The apartment is not what the couple expected.
J. The apartment is industrial looking and needs a fresh coat of paint.

9. The primary point of the first paragraph is that:

A. people often eat junk food on long car trips.
B. the main character prefers hot weather to cool weather.
C. the main character is grateful that her long trip has ended.
D. modern cars have many conveniences, including air conditioning.

10. As it is used in the passage, the phrase unload our life (line 44) refers to the:

F. sense of loss Libby and John feel regarding their move.
G. many furniture items contained within the car and trailer.
H. disappointment Libby feels because she had to leave Washington, D.C.
J. significance of the move from Washington, D.C. to Ohio.