ACT Reading Practice Test 75: Prose Fiction

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. When Mrs. Fairfax says, "Gentlemen in his station are not accustomed to marry their governesses," she is expressing her belief that:

A. Mr. Rochester is incapable of loving Miss Eyre.
B. Mr. Rochester will treat Miss Eyre like a governess when they are married.
C. Mr. Rochester may not be sincere about his feeling towards Miss Eyre.
D. Mr. Rochester may not really have asked Miss Eyre to marry him.

2. It can be reasonably inferred from the conversation that Mrs. Fairfax believes Miss Eyre will:

F. recognize that Mr. Rochester actually wants to marry Mrs. Fairfax.
G. marry Mr. Rochester much sooner than originally planned.
H. no longer desire to marry Mr. Rochester.
J. potentially regret her decision to agree to marry Mr. Rochester.

3. Mrs. Fairfax's opinion about Miss Eyre and Mr. Rochester's relationship can best be exemplified by which of the following quotations from the passage?

A. Mr. Rochester looks as young, and is as young, as some men at five and twenty.
B. How it will answer I cannot tell: I really don't know.
C. He is a proud man; all the Rochesters were proud.
D. But I really thought he came in here five minutes ago, and said that in a month you would be his wife.

4. The phrase "you were so discreet, and so thoroughly modest and sensible" (lines 63–64) is used by Mrs. Fairfax to:

F. explain why Miss Eyre should not marry Mr. Rochester.
G. explain why it is likely that Mr. Rochester really does not plan on marrying Miss Eyre.
H. explain why Mrs. Fairfax had not discussed Mr. Rochester's feelings toward Miss Eyre before.
J. insult Miss Eyre and let her know that Mrs. Fairfax was disappointed in her.

5. The passage makes it clear that Miss Eyre and Mr. Rochester:

A. get married.
B. do not really know each other well enough to become engaged.
C. will not live happily because they will be shunned by society.
D. have a relationship that is not typical in their society.

6. In lines 47–52, Mrs. Fairfax compares Miss Eyre and Mr. Rochester's relationship as possibly being similar to:

F. a mystery that cannot be solved.
G. an object that appears to be something but really is another thing entirely.
H. a game used to entertain the innocent and na?ve.
J. a shiny gem that holds more value than it appears to.

7. We may reasonably infer from details in the passage that Miss Eyre and Mrs. Fairfax are alike because they both:

A. believe that Mr. Rochester should not marry his governess.
B. believe that Mr. Rochester will break Miss Eyre's heart.
C. are of the same age and social class.
D. believe that Mr. Rochester is fond of Miss Eyre.

8. Based on the passage, Miss Eyre's feelings about her relationship with Mr. Rochester can best be described as:

F. unbelievable.
G. erratic.
H. diplomatic.
J. self-assured.

9. It can be inferred from the passage that Mrs. Fairfax:

A. does not believe that Mr. Rochester's actions with Miss Eyre are characteristic of him.
B. does not believe that Miss Eyre's character is good enough for Mr. Rochester.
C. does not believe that Miss Eyre understands how wealthy and important Mr. Rochester is.
D. does not believe that Miss Eyre is being honest about her feelings towards Mr. Rochester.

10. Details in the passage suggest that Mrs. Fairfax is uncertain about Miss Eyre and Mr. Rochester's engagement because:

F. Mrs. Fairfax believes that Miss Eyre is too young to be married.
G. Mrs. Fairfax does not believe that Miss Eyre really loves Mr. Rochester, due to their twenty-year age difference.
H. Mrs. Fairfax fears that Miss Eyre will be hurt by her relationship with Mr. Rochester if things do not go as Miss Eyre plans.
J. Mrs. Fairfax believes that Miss Eyre will not enjoy being both a governess and Mr. Rochester's wife.