ACT Reading: Practice Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1.

Critics of Lacy's work argue that her stories would be more appropriate for novels, or perhaps mixed-media, that the physical stage is too limited a medium for such extreme and fantastic settings. I find, however, that the immediacy of the stage adds more to her work than its physical limitations subtract. In fact, the imperfect stage effects even help me connect to the characters - a connection that might otherwise be hard to forge between the audience and Lacy's trademark alien protagonists.

What might be an example of the 'physical limitations' that the author mentions?

Question 2 2.

How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

Which of the following best captures what the author believes to be the defining feature of poetry?

Question 3 3.

Sophie had barely seen London as a child. Whisked along through the streets, clinging to her mother's hand, she'd formed the impression that the whole great metropolis was largely populated by knees and boots in varying states of dampness. The only place she remembered clearly was their house, where she spent hours in her room, pressed up against the drafty window as the late-autumn chill seeped through the glass. Despite the cold, she could never tear herself away from that window, because on the street below, the tiny butcher's shop hummed with activity. Watching from her window she could finally see what life was actually like in this strange new city where she'd suddenly been set down.

Sophie's awareness of 'knees and boots' emphasizes her…

Question 4 4.

Sophie had barely seen London as a child. Whisked along through the streets, clinging to her mother's hand, she'd formed the impression that the whole great metropolis was largely populated by knees and boots in varying states of dampness. The only place she remembered clearly was their house, where she spent hours in her room, pressed up against the drafty window as the late-autumn chill seeped through the glass. Despite the cold, she could never tear herself away from that window, because on the street below, the tiny butcher's shop hummed with activity. Watching from her window she could finally see what life was actually like in this strange new city where she'd suddenly been set down.

The passage implies that...

Question 5 5.

How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

In the passage, the '6th grader' serves as an example of a person who…

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Question 6 6.

Turning onto the campus proper, Dr. Gerhartt mentally organized his day into 20-minute blocks. Answering email was relegated to the minutes between 9:20 and 9:40, and then again between 1:40 and 2:00, with no leeway for distraction at any other time. His secretary's memos required an entire block of their own (9:00-9:20), but at least after that, they would be done with. Aside from a 40-minute break for lunch, and a 1-hour departmental meeting in the afternoon, he could preserve the entire remaining workday for his precious experimental work.

According to the passage, Dr. Gerhartt views the task of handling his secretary's memos as…

Question 7 7.

Critics of Lacy's work argue that her stories would be more appropriate for novels, or perhaps mixed-media, that the physical stage is too limited a medium for such extreme and fantastic settings. I find, however, that the immediacy of the stage adds more to her work than its physical limitations subtract. In fact, the imperfect stage effects even help me connect to the characters - a connection that might otherwise be hard to forge between the audience and Lacy's trademark alien protagonists.

The 'critics' primarily object to…

Question 8 8.

Sophie had barely seen London as a child. Whisked along through the streets, clinging to her mother's hand, she'd formed the impression that the whole great metropolis was largely populated by knees and boots in varying states of dampness. The only place she remembered clearly was their house, where she spent hours in her room, pressed up against the drafty window as the late-autumn chill seeped through the glass. Despite the cold, she could never tear herself away from that window, because on the street below, the tiny butcher's shop hummed with activity. Watching from her window she could finally see what life was actually like in this strange new city where she'd suddenly been set down.

The fact that Sophie 'could never tear herself away from that window' demonstrates her…

Question 9 9.

Turning onto the campus proper, Dr. Gerhartt mentally organized his day into 20-minute blocks. Answering email was relegated to the minutes between 9:20 and 9:40, and then again between 1:40 and 2:00, with no leeway for distraction at any other time. His secretary's memos required an entire block of their own (9:00-9:20), but at least after that, they would be done with. Aside from a 40-minute break for lunch, and a 1-hour departmental meeting in the afternoon, he could preserve the entire remaining workday for his precious experimental work. With a brief glance at his watch, he swept briskly through the door to his office, and glanced around in satisfaction: all his machinery lined the walls, meticulously clean and exactly as he had left it. His day's work could begin.

Based on this passage, it would be reasonable to conclude that Dr. Gerhartt values…

Question 10 10.

How can we define poetry? Ask a 6th grader, and you're likely to get an answer about rhymes and stanzas. But poetry doesn't have to rhyme, and indeed, some of the most beautiful poetry doesn't. Some of it isn't even arranged in lines. To truly appreciate the value of poetry as an art form, you need to look beyond the sonnet form, beyond definitions of alliteration or chiasmus. Appreciate the rhythmic, syllabic, shifting, surging, pulsing beauty of words in all their forms: then, you'll start to understand poetry.

Does the author consider poetry written in 'the sonnet form' to be true poetry?

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