ACT Reading Practice Test 73: Humanities - J.R.R. Tolkien and Me

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 point of view from which this passage is narrated is best described as:

A. an adult reflecting on her youth.
B. a parent recalling her daughter's travels.
C. a teenager who aspires to be a writer.
D. an author seeking inspiration.

2. Which of the following best summarizes the emotional shift that is presented by the narrator in the passage?

F. An adult learns that she doesn't have to meet her heroes for them to leave a profound impression on her.
G. A teenager moves from appreciating fantasy novels to preferring historical fiction.
H. An adult learns that she prefers to visit distant places rather than merely to read about them.
J. A teenager learns first-hand that famous authors are frequently unpleasant individuals.

3. J.R.R. Tolkien is presented by the narrator as being:

A. gentle and grandfatherly.
B. severe but friendly.
C. intelligent but caring.
D. talented but intimidating.

4. In the seventh paragraph, the narrator's attitude towards Oxford is best described as:

F. exasperated and unimpressed.
G. fond and appreciative.
H. overwhelmed and depressed.
J. disinterested and despondent.

5. In the fourth paragraph, the narrator's attitude toward being unable to meet Tolkien can best be characterized as:

A. relieved.
B. morose.
C. angry.
D. accepting.

6. It can most reasonably be inferred that by telling Sr. Benedicta about her childhood desire to meet J.R.R. Tolkien, the narrator intends to:

F. impress her teacher by showing her dedication to Oxford.
G. illustrate her love of medieval English.
H. create a connection to her childhood hero by talking about him to a mutual friend.
J. pass the time of day with an interesting companion.

7. Which of the following best represents the narrator's initial opinions about J.R.R. Tolkien's writings?

A. The writings were obscure and difficult to follow.
B. The writings were fascinating and made the narrator want to read more.
C. The writings were interesting, but there were far too many to read them all.
D. The most interesting writings were about Oxford, England.

8. When the narrator says, "When inexplicable drafts would sweep through my room, our housekeeper swore it was Lawrence," she means that:

F. the housekeeper believed that Lawrence of Arabia's ghost haunted the student dorms.
G. Lawrence of Arabia was the junior housekeeper in charge of student rooms.
H. the housekeeper was a silly, superstitious woman.
J. the student dorms were very old and drafty.

9. As it is used in line 67, the phrase "she was no slouch as an academic" most nearly means:

A. she had excellent posture when teaching.
B. she had difficulty explaining technical terms.
C. she was an excellent researcher.
D. she was new to her field.

10. As it is used in line 39, the word uniform most nearly means:

F. solid.
G. similar.
H. unchanging.
J. consistent.