ACT Reading Practice Test 77: Humanities

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 descriptions most accurately and completely represents this passage?

A. An actress reminisces about how fame and admiration changed her personality.
B. An actress gives a complete listing of the characters that she played during her career on stage.
C. An actress remembers specific performances and reflects on some more memorable performances.
D. An actress seeks to explain stage fright and how she overcame her fear of performing in front of crowds.

2. All of the following were clearly identified in the passage as plays that the narrator performed in EXCEPT:

F. A Trip to Scarborough
G. Alexander the Great
H. The Miniature Picture
J. Vanbrugh's Relapse

3. As it is used in line 13, the word resolution most nearly means:

A. decision.
B. pledge.
C. courage.
D. devotion.

4. Details in the passage suggest that:

F. the narrator was not always cast to play female characters.
G. the narrator preferred masquerade scenes to any other scene.
H. the narrator believes that no actress can be successful in theater if she has stage fright.
J. the narrator's stage fright disappeared because she never had to face hostile audiences.

5. It can be most reasonably concluded from the narrator's reference to her performance in A Trip to Scarborough that:

A. the narrator's acting was the cause for disapproval within the crowd.
B. the narrator did not become nervous in front of a disgruntled audience.
C. Mrs. Yates was not as successful an actress as the narrator.
D. the narrator acted in at least one play that was not a completely original work.

6. According to the passage, in which order did the following events occur in the writer's life?

I. Appearing in The Miniature Picture

II. Playing the character of Statira in Alexander the Great

III. Playing the character of Amanda in A Trip to Scarborough

IV. Being involved in the production of The Irish Widow


7. Which of the following best describes the narrator's experience during her first theater performance?

A. Terrified throughout the entire performance because of the size of the audience
B. Initially frightened and overwhelmed, but joyful by the end of the performance
C. Proud of the beauty of her costume and the set of the play, but discouraged by her performance
D. Upset because of the difficult masquerade scene

8. All of the following are recollections of the narrator's first performance EXCEPT:

F. the narrator's costumes during this performance were partially made of satin.
G. Nurse and Mr. Sheridan were present to assist the narrator.
H. there was a masquerade scene in her first performance.
J. the narrator received criticism for her opening lines that were delivered feebly.

9. As it is used in the passage, the word faculties (line 19) most nearly means:

A. senses.
B. determination.
C. teachers.
D. emotions.

10. The primary focus of lines 34–40 is:

F. the narrator's emotions immediately after her first performance.
G. the opinion of an important gentleman regarding the narrator's performance.
H. the narrator's elation because she had become famous.
J. the narrator's own reflections on the quality of her first performance.