ACT Reading: Question Types Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. On an ACT Reading passage, where will you find main idea questions?

Question 2 2.

I can't believe you'd do that to me! This is ridiculous!

The tone of the speaker in this quotation could best be described as…

Question 3 3.

PASSAGE 1 'I know this is hard for you - starting an exercise program and getting in shape is hard for everyone. Just remember that I'm here to help you make it through the rough spots. If there's anything I can do, let me know.'

PASSAGE 2 'Time to shape up and get real! No more excuses! It's going to be tough, but hey, you should have thought of that BEFORE you ate all those cupcakes! Let's go!'

Compared to the tone of Passage 1, the tone of Passage 2 is significantly LESS…

Question 4 4.

Before I went to the 43rd Street Grill, my idea of a fancy restaurant was a slice of lemon on the side of your fountain soda and cloth napkins instead of paper. But here, I looked around uselessly for a napkin at all - until the tuxedo-clad waiter reached over to settle it in my lap. I tried to hide my beat-up sneakers under the table, feeling supremely out of place.

Compared to other restaurants where the author has eaten, the 43rd Street Grill…

Question 5 5.

Before I went to the 43rd Street Grill, my idea of a fancy restaurant was a slice of lemon on the side of your fountain soda and cloth napkins instead of paper. But here, I looked around uselessly for a napkin at all - until the tuxedo-clad waiter reached over to settle it in my lap. I tried to hide my beat-up sneakers under the table, feeling supremely out of place.

Why does the author feel 'supremely out of place?'

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Question 6 6.

We laughed at Smith for hauling around full emergency gear to every road trip and music festival, and he put up with a lot of sarcastic nicknames until one day, a real emergency changed our minds for good.

In this excerpt, the 'nicknames' indicate that…

Question 7 7. In a certain passage, there is some event, Event X. Pick the question that asks you about the CAUSE of Event X:

Question 8 8.

No sooner had we walked into the cave than the rocks around the entrance collapsed, trapping us inside! Not even a single beam of sunshine could shine through - until we heard a click and saw Smith's face in the pale beam of his emergency flashlight.

In this excerpt, the word 'beam' most nearly means…

Question 9 9. When should you work on main idea questions, relative to the other questions in a passage?

Question 10 10.

Joe, Smith, and I had driven out to a nearby state park for a picnic and an afternoon fishing trip with Joe's dog Skipper. As usual, we made fun of Smith for bringing his entire go bag to a campground almost as domesticated as the local mall.

In this excerpt, 'the mall' serves as an example of a place that is…

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Question 11 11.

While Joe held the flashlight, Smith dug out his radio to call for help, and even passed around fresh water and energy bars to snack on while we waited for the search and rescue team. Thanks to all the emergency gear we'd made so much fun of, everyone made it out OK. We finally crawled out of the cave dusty and scared, but unharmed - and determined never to tease Smith for his 'useless' survival kits again!

In this excerpt, the quotation marks around 'useless' indicate that…

Question 12 12.

Joe gasped and clutched the railing of the boat. Harry looked like he was about to be sick. Mike actually was sick. Only Sean stood straight, poker-faced, gazing steadily into the approaching storm.

Unlike the other boys, Sean…

Question 13 13.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate -- we cannot consecrate -- we cannot hallow -- this ground … It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. (adapted from the Gettysburg Address)

The author adds emphasis to this passage primarily by using…

Question 14 14.

As a clinician, I do not recommend Magic Berry Syrup as a cure for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or anything else. This is borne out in scientific research. In one experiment, Magic Berry Syrup performed no better than a placebo in helping participants lose weight. In another, it actually worsened blood glucose control and caused 30% of participants to gain weight rather than losing it.

The author primarily supports her argument with…

Question 15 15. Think of the story of Cinderella. Compared to Cinderella, her stepsisters are more…

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Question 16 16.

I am not a city planner. I'm not a transit expert, or a civil engineer, or even a government employee. But as an avid bike commuter and a father of three, I can tell you that this new protected bike lane will be a huge boost for our community. Right now, I'm afraid to let my girls bike to the beach on their own; with a protected bike lane, I'd have no worries. We'd have more community life, more freedom for our kids, and a more neighborhood feel to the area with the lane - and if cars have to slow down a little for that, it's worth it.

The tone of this passage could best be described as…

Question 17 17.

Before lunch, we decided to poke around a rock formation near the fishing hole - a pile of huge boulders framing the entrance to a cave that extended further back into the rock than any of us had ever explored. We'd had a secret fort in that cave in elementary school, but we hadn't been there in years, and we were all feeling nostalgic.

The mention of 'elementary school' implies that…

Question 18 18.

I am not a city planner. I'm not a transit expert, or a civil engineer, or even a government employee. But as an avid bike commuter and a father of three, I can tell you that this new protected bike lane will be a huge boost for our community. Right now, I'm afraid to let my girls bike to the beach on their own; with a protected bike lane, I'd have no worries. We'd have more community life, more freedom for our kids, and a more neighborhood feel to the area with the lane - and if cars have to slow down a little for that, it's worth it.

The author of this passage is primarily arguing about…

Question 19 19.

PASSAGE 1

In 2011, Company X began harvesting lumber from the Shady Creek Forest. By 2012, operations had expanded to the nearby Pleasant Grove Forest, and by January 2014, Company X had merged with its competitor Company Y to become the largest lumber company in the tri-state area.

PASSAGE 2

Company X has already been destroying forests in Shady Creek for a year, leaving huge patches of barren land and wiping out local ecosystems wherever it goes. Now it's coming for Pleasant Grove, too - the days when you can send your kids outside to play in the woods may be numbered!

Compared to the tone of Passage 2, the tone of Passage 1 is more…

Question 20 20. You know from experience that you can answer 2 detail questions in the time it takes to answer 1 main idea question. You also know that you always run out of time on the Reading section. You get to a really tough main idea question. What should you do?

ACT Reading: Question Types Chapter Exam Instructions

Choose your answers to the questions and click 'Next' to see the next set of questions. You can skip questions if you would like and come back to them later with the yellow "Go To First Skipped Question" button. When you have completed the practice exam, a green submit button will appear. Click it to see your results. Good luck!

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